Before I began I had made a rough sketch of the day bed. While Lyndon Gallagher and Mike Borgeest (both Dukes of Windsor) during the October 4 sack back class, they saw the sketch (and teased me mercilessly about its crudity) but gave me ideas that resulted in major changes to my original idea. While the piece retains its original function – to sit the sitter lengthwise like in a Lazy Boy — the piece is now more of a Recamier, a type of Grecian couch, expressed as a mid-18th century
Each step in designing a new form requires I workout as many problems in my head as possible before picking up any tools. I’ve even reversed some standard chairmaking processes. For example, I have legged up the piece dry, but have not yet shaped the seat. I will do that I after I have worked out all the details in the very complicated and asymmetrical arm. I am having a great time. The guys in the November 8 class will see the piece close to completion. If everything goes as planned, I will reveal it in the November eNewsletter. If not, definitely in December.
Paul measured the distance between the focus point for the long spindle sight lines and the distance between the loci for the short spindles. Their ration is 1/100th of an inch off from the Golden Mean. I do not know what this means. It will probably take a while to figure that out, and it will take many minds. That means its significance will probably be revealed by a student in a future class who has a flash of insight.
I was please by this discovery, but not surprised. All sorts of similar relationships are part of
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