Tuesday, February 14, 2012
This weekend I am mighty pleased to be heading up to Port Townsend, Wa for a workshop at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. The workshop is called By Hand and By Eye, and is led by Jim Tolpin. I love his books and especially his Gyspy Vardos, so this is a very appealing course. The content is centered around designing with ratios and proportion - not a ruler. This is one of the more compelling areas of woodworking for me; I love story sticks, dividers, compasses, sectors, calipers, and other methods of imposing a certain dimension on an item without using a ruler. I don't mind rulers, and have a little fascination with them as well, but this kind of geometry actually makes me excited.
If any of you will be there, let me know! I hope to return to this school for other classes, so it will be great to check it out in person. Also, if any of you have been there and have suggestions for lodging, restaurants, etc, do share!