Blog Posts by Jim Tolpin

Cracking the Coffer Code

English oak chest; 16th century.  Image from Wiki Commons, public domain.   For George Walker and me what is truly fascinating about these early chests is that they…

The Graphic Rule

This excerpt from our latest book, “From Truths to Tools” speaks to a rather esoteric, but highly useful, rule for use with scaled drawings:        …

The Hidden Hexagon

You can download a PDF of this blog post here: Hidden Hexagon              

Solving Spans with Sticks, Strings, Sightlines and Stones

      In this excerpt from our latest book, “From Truths to Tools”, we show how the carpenter’s of antiquity used the simplest of tools--those mentioned with…

The Hand, the Hound, or the Truth?

George and I often get asked which book should be read first and we don't have a quick answer. Since our research has been a long-time quest, we…

Our New Book is (almost) Here!

You can now order a pre-publication copy of “From Truths to Tools” in the Lost Art Press store. The book will ship in early or mid-November 2017. The…

From Truths to Tools

Here we are outside the local print/scan shop where our illustrator, Andrea Love, poses with her art work for the cover of our new book. According to the…

Sector Madness!

From top to bottom:  The first sector I made to demonstrate whole-number divisions; my three-scale paper version; a solid wood and brass sector by burn-Heart   I first…

Does this Entasis Make Me Look Fat?

Well no, dear, the curvaceous tapering just makes you look muscular. Or maybe it's just an optical illusion. Or maybe the builders knew that the swelling, though slight,…

The Degree to Which Your Angle Lies

Here’s an old school carpenter’s (or landscaper’s) method of laying out a line--such as a foundation form or a hedge row--to a specified angle. The tools needed are…