Design Matters: Essential Dividers


Unlock your creativity with this humble tool.
By George Walker
Page: 20-21

From the February 2011 issue #188
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How comfortable would you be giving up your tape measure? If that puts you in a cold sweat, I can relate. Time was when I worked only from prints, taking careful measurements to make accurate parts. I thought design was for the talented few – those folks blessed with a good eye. Here’s a little secret: Some are born talented but many acquire design skills much the same way as learning to cut dovetails. It’s a matter of building foundation skills and a little practice.

Lesson number one: Get acquainted with your new instructor – the simple, humble pair of dividers. They’ve been
rightly called the “tool of the imagination.” In pre-industrial craft, artisans used this simple pair of pointed legs joined at a fulcrum both to explore and apply proportions. Dividers were the stock-in-trade for all the woodworking crafts: carpenter, cabinetmaker, wheelwright and everything in between.

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From the February 2011 issue #188
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