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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:        …

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…

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…

Plumbing a Masonic Medal Mystery

  Amongst this collection of Masonic "Past-Master's Jewels" medals, two show a representation of the pythagorean theorem. It is reported that its presence on the owner's medal indicates…

Mini-Straightedge for the Drawing Table

Spent the weekend after Thanksgiving making up a batch of mini-straightedges (16-in. long) for using at the drawing board. I'm using old-growth, perfectly vertical grain Douglas fir from…

Old-School Board Stretching Trick

In the process of building the sliding till for a tool chest (which was started by Chris Schwarz and will be auctioned off when I'm done with it…

Old School Framing Square Trick #1

One of the primary uses of the framing square is to create slope lines for calculating unknowns--not necessarily in all cases to high precision, but to get you…