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Step away from the tape measure

Proportions do all the real work, numbers on a tape measure are secondary. Inches or centimeters tell us nothing about why a design works. No more than if…

New Design Video Available

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new design video, “By Hand and Eye by Design - Designing a Worktable”. This video is a walk through of…

New design video coming soon!

Jim and I are putting the final touches on a design video titled " By Hand and Eye by Design.  It's an over the shoulder look at the…

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…

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

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.…