Out of the Woodwork: Regulae Stultis Sunt - Popular Woodworking Magazine
 In November 2009 #179, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

Rules are for fools.
By Darrell Peart
Page: 72

From the November 2009 issue #179
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My junior high math teacher, Mr. Gayda, was fond of saying, “Rules are for fools.”

Although this little maxim sounds like a rallying cry for anarchists, Mr. Gayda was a man of many rules and by no means a member of some radical organization. I took his meaning to be more along the lines of: “Society has many rules and they are there for a good reason – but it’s foolish to follow them blindly.”

There are rules for every aspect of life. Art and furniture design are no different in that respect. Back in the days of T-squares, I had many of the rules prominently displayed on my drawing board. My designs were infused with Fibonacci numbers; golden rectangles were abundant. I thought I was doing everything right and I admit I had a few “acceptable” designs, but nothing that had any real fire in its soul. I had the rules in an iron grip, but they were not taking me where I ultimately wanted to go.

From the November 2009 issue #179
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