Throw Conventional Wisdom Out the Window

I am almost through a book called Rethinking Sitting, which discusses different ergonomic design styles of chairs. The author, a commercial designer of chairs, has developed many different models which are quite distinct from the typical form that you or I would recognize as a chair. Of course, he feels that his chairs have distinct … Continue reading Throw Conventional Wisdom Out the Window

What Defines Form?

There's no part in [a motorcycle], no shape in [a motorcycle], that is not out of someone's mind... a person who does machining or foundry work or forge work or welding sees "steel" as having no shape at all. Steel can be any shape you want if you are skilled enough, and any shape but the one … Continue reading What Defines Form?

How I Prefer to Make Speculative Work

When not required to make something that meets a certain set of criteria, I am free to let the design evolve on its own. Sometimes (but not often), I end up making nothing more than scrap wood and sawdust. That's how it goes sometimes. I feel that this quote embodies my philosophy on making speculative … Continue reading How I Prefer to Make Speculative Work

Maple Trestle Table, Session 2 – Playing with Slabs

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table. I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could … Continue reading Maple Trestle Table, Session 2 – Playing with Slabs

New Quote Added to “Quotables”

My friend Charles showed me this video about Ron Fuller who makes wooden toys and automata.  His products are fun, but not particularly inspiring to me.  However, I love his life philosophy.  I've also added it to my list of Quotables. My philosophy of life, really, is to be able to do exactly what you want … Continue reading New Quote Added to “Quotables”