There’s no doubt that hand tool woodworking has opened my eyes to the patterns that constantly surround me. I believe it has something to do with the level of attention that I am obliged to give in this work, and also something to do with reading George Walker and Jim Tolpin’s By Hand & Eye.
As I was reading that text it occurred to me how much I enjoyed geometry in high school; a fact later obscured by how little I enjoyed calculus. Suddenly it felt as if I were back in Mr. Dorf’s classroom considering how squares, circles and triangles could create symphonies of thought and pattern. It is perhaps needless to say, but I am grateful for that book and for the ways it has reminded me to observe the world around me.
Isn’t it really just four isosceles triangles?
And can’t you inscribe a series of circles within the two?
And when you start removing that material you find that a square is within a few short strokes of the chisel.
And, because wood is slightly less predictable than geometry, I went ahead and added some oak as reinforcement here by screwing on a batten.
And now, what we have is no longer a table but a full-fledged work surface.
Mr. Dorf, Mr. Toplin & Mr. Walker; a very sincere thanks is due.