Proportional Measuring Tools on a Workbench
...Preserving the fire.
“Tradition is not the worship of ashes but the preservation of fire”.
—Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)


By Hand & Eye is an on-line atelier (design studio) dedicated to help you unlock your potential as a builder or maker by honing your design skills. It came as an answer to a question from hundreds of students in workshops across the country: How can I get better at design? That’s a question every artisan has wrestled with but especially today. First a little background in our approach.

boy coaxing a flameFor millennia, artisans across a multitude of trades practiced a design language that united the skill of the hand with the imagination of the eye. Observing proportions in nature, especially in the human form itself, they quickly developed pleasing forms and flowing curves using only the simplest of tools: the compass and the straightedge. We invite you to join us for a mind-bending journey into “design at the point of a tool”. With a bit of practice, you’ll find that this ancient path can unite your Hand & Eye in ways you’ve never imagined. These design and layout techniques will ignite your imagination and guide your hands to make your ideas come alive!

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”—Albert Einstein


The Seven Secrets of Cottage

This hundred page softcover book is a sequel to Jim Tolpin’s best selling book on cottages published about twenty five years ago. While the “New Cottage Home” offered examples of the iconic elements that make a house a cottage, “The Seven Secrets of Cottage” explores why they do so. When you know the “why” of the cottage you’ll have the tools to create a home that delights your eyes, warms your heart and soothes your soul. Now available for purchase in the Shop.Buy Yours Now!

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