September 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm #3033
Was wondering how everyone goes through the design process of whatever they are making. Do you have a certain order of process? A calm measured approach, Or is it a sporadic flurry of activity?
I have sketch books that it draw the initial idea in and then develop it from there. I use this method if im making something someone has asked me to make, which isn’t too often 🙂
My main way is by carrying round a piece of paper everywhere I go so if something pops in, I can write it down. Ive also found I use my camera on my phone quite a bit too.
September 27, 2014 at 7:29 pm #3035
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what I do Brody is just look at a piece of wood and think what can I do with it, what’s the shape so my sketch book is in my head. one turner told me that you should never have your design set in stone as it can change very easily when you see the piece of wood that you are using and the features of that bit of wood.
September 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm #3036
Very true words Luke. And thats a good philosophy to have. The wood will tell you sometimes.
September 30, 2014 at 10:53 am #3104
Well most of what I do is in my head, I’ll visualise something and then turn to that. as I’m now turning more natural stuff think can change a bit as a void or something presents itself.
However I am always taking pictures of things when I see something that I like or I think might look good turned. I make notes on my phone as I think of things as it’s linked to the computer so when I sit down at that it pops up as an email so it reminds me.
I think that if I were do segmented work then that would all have to change as there’s far more planning involved.
I think that you need an idea in your head on on paper in front of you when you start and work from there.
happy turning all
September 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm #3113
That’s what I love about turning. Without wanting to sound all arty farty, It’s a very natural organic processthat seems to flow.
The segmenting side satisfies the engineer in me I suppose, and to be honest, with the way my brain works, I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do.
September 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm #3116
I think that if woodturning catches you there is something within you and it just jells, the number of woodturners I’ve spoken to and the ones who really love it seem to feel the same way.
There’s something therapeutic about it and I sometimes think that I should have been doing this my whole life, bit late for that now, but it’s going to be with me now and till the end.
The people I meet via woodturning all seem to be both helpful and friendly.
October 2, 2014 at 8:31 am #3141
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I need to start planning stuff. I’m currently in the “suck it and see” frame of mind where I look at a piece of timber and decide what it wants to be. The result is usually a pile of bowls or mushrooms etc. which never see outside the shed. I recently attended a craft fair and was dismayed at the quality of what was on sale and the amount of money being charged for it all. I know I should be selling mine if that stuff was shifting for ridiculous prices, but it’s finding the time what with working full time and having a family and all.
I normally set myself a challenge to make something out of the ordinary, but simply have not had the time this year. Last year I did a giant hour glass, and the year before a ship’s wheel. This year I was thinking about turning a showman’s engine but I haven’t even made a start on that.
I need to work out how to get it all down on paper and try to remember how to use my scale-rule I haven’t touched in 20-odd years.
October 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm #3161
Good Luck with that Tom 🙂
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