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Pinch Sticks Plus

We nearly always use pinch sticks to record and transfer the distance between two points--in this case the span between the jambs of a door frame. It occurred…

By Hand and Eye Workshop

  Every woodworker I know wants to get better at design. Yet it’s hard to carve out time to devote to it. Perhaps it’s because most of us…

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 may remember this page from the introduction to From Truths to Tools. We’ve had a few folks ask about the “hidden hexagon” mentioned in the text and…

Good Bones

Scratch beneath the surface of any great design and there’s always something simple and profound. This fact is not lost on ages past. Even when fashions called for…

Gateway to the Gateway

Design is a step into the unknown. It’s much different (and safer) to stick with things like learning to cut precise dovetails or learning to sharpen a blade.…

Abracadabra – make your own water

It's not quite as magical as making your own water but it's pretty close. Our latest book "From Truth to Tools" explores how artisan geometry was the flame that…

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…