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# Blog > Artisan Geometry

## The Ellipse Stick Trick

Here's a really quick way to layout a good-enough ellipse using just a batten: Ellipse from a Batten from Jim Tolpin on Vimeo.

## Sizing Workbenches

Sizing Workbenches from Jim Tolpin on Vimeo.

## If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

...does it make a difference? Where it lands that is.  If it does, you likely want to know how far it will fall in order to move…

## Biblical Furniture Plan

“They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits…

## More Thales

Say you have a bunch of logs that you want to turn into beams...big beams...beams so big that you basically want to turn the round log into the…

## Thales Theorem Proof

Thales of Miletus In one of the recent posts we showed you how to get a right angle out of a circle, thanks to this guy. A…

## Euclid wearing work boots

Jim Tolpin and I both entered into this "Language of the Artisans" through different side doors. We each wandered about in amazement before we even realized the enormity…

## Affirmation

Making a Rudder for a Ship of  War, by W. H. Pyne 1803   By the look on their faces, the folks at Braxton Brewery were not prepared to…

## That Snappy Sector Redux

A while back I noticed that a number of architect/builder’s sectors shown in manuscripts from the Renaissance era had the segmentation laid out along a diagonal line rather…

## What makes a right angle right?

In the last post, we saw how the triplet works its magic to allow three segmented line lengths to come together to form a right angle. When the…