Hey everyone! It looks like I’m going to be busy for the next few weeks. I have a lot of projects in the hopper and can’t wait to get to them.
Just finished with a nice little mini-tour in Europe, and I’m glad to be back. The UK was oddly balmy this march and didn’t really rain much until the day I left.
This weekend I’ll be meeting with a local carpenter and framemaker Dan Gremillion about plans to make some Roubo workbenches, check out the link to see some beautiful examples. If you want one for your own shop, we’ll be able to give out exact quotes once we have this preliminary round done and will even have options for custom wood selection and some modification.
For those who don’t know the bench is named after the 18th-century French joiner Andre Jacob Roubo and the design, while customizeable, has been considered the pinnacle of workbench design for the past 200 hundred or so years! Here’s a link to a quick overview for those who want to know more.
In addition, there are some other smaller projects I’ll be working on that raging from boxes to personal items. This has gotten me inspired to think about what kinds of tables and benches would I use for various interests and hobbies. My needs for leatherworking are different than my needs as a woodworker and any all-in-one solution will probably be not-so-good at anything specific.
An interesting idea of building based on proportions rather than specific prescribed measurements is addressed by Jim Tolpin in his book “Design by Hand and Eye” and no, this isn’t a golden mean treatise, though many of the whole number ratios we find appealing do approximate the golden mean as the numbers increase. For those who are familiar with the fibonacci sequence, you already know what I’m writing about.
One of the interesting ideas in that was thinking of visual harmonies the way that one thinks about audible harmonies. I have an idea swirling around my head about making a series of furniture whose proportions are designed based on a set measurement with each piece acting as a chord in the progression of a famous song. In this way, the space would act as the beats apart and the whole room would become literally and figuratively harmonious. Synesthesiacs beware!
Anyway, at the moment, It’s just a rough idea. But there may be more later.
If you have something you’d like to make out of wood, or would like me to make out of wood for you, please contact me through this website, or check out our etsy store.