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by Geo. R. Walker & Jim Tolpin

By Hand and Eye is an exploration of how simple proportions, and a pair of dividers can help to unlock a new understanding of design, and the world around us. George Walker and Jim Tolpin clearly and eloquently explain how using ratios instead of decimal measurement can help free us to create more sophisticated designs, even as we give our calculators and digital calipers a rest.

After reading this book, I found myself walking through downtown Manhattan, using my pointer finger and thumb as a pair of "dividers" to measure out buildings. Looking skyward, at the sweeping cables, and graceful arches of John Roebling's Brooklyn Bridge, I imagined his dividers walking off the graceful dimensions and ratios. I couldn't agree more with the authors, that there is a special magic to works designed and built by the same hands (or hands of your son.... and your sons wife.)

By Hand and Eye does not prescribe a set of rules, or maxims, and thank goodness for that.The well written, and edited text is supported by full color illustrations, the last section of the book covers 9 simple projects, each with shop drawings that use simple ratios rather than inches and feet.

200 pages, printed on #80 Lb paper, Smythe sewn, and case bound. This book looks as good as it reads.

Made in the USA.

The nine projects detailed in the book are all straightforwardly described and accessible even to a woodworker of modest skills. While you can use power tools to speed construction the authors make a point of mentioning that the projects were all made using hand tools. The projects in the book are:
  • Step Stool
  • Candy Box
  • Lap Desk
  • Tool Tote
  • Boot Bench
  • Coffee-for-two Tray
  • Cup Cabinet
  • Side Table
  • Vanity

Binding: HC
Publisher: Lost Art Press

Customer Reviews:
Step away from the CAD program...
By: Nicholas Phillips (Oct, 2015)
I like what I've read so far. Their core idea is to step away from CAD programs as well as designing with a heavy reliance on rulers and measurements. Instead, they illustrate how earlier architecture and furniture design used simple compass and straightedge Euclidean constructions. This meant the designers were more focused on proportions, since such a technique really is a matter of basic angle and light segment construction and division. Though the first part of the book primarily discusses the history and theory, the second is practical. I�ve had no problem jumping between the first and second parts of the book. Read a some of the theory, get intrigued, and jump to the second part to get some idea of how to draft this way. or people interested in developing their design sense, I recommend this book. And as with the other books I�ve gotten from Lost Art Press, it is beautifully and well-made book. Read more of my experience with the book here:
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