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Art Deco bones. This was a concept drawing for a cabinet on stand I'm currently building. Check out the story behind it at the Furniture Design blog.
Many of us find it difficult to design furniture. But if you’re like me, you’d much rather strike out on a new path than make reproductions. So I’m sketching away as much as possible, trying to refine my eye, my sense of proportion, and my own aesthetic. That’s why I like two blogs I recently came across. I’ve known Jamon Schlimgen for a while (we met on Twitter). He’s a furniture maker in New York state and has set quite a challenge for himself. He’s going to post a new design every day for a year. You can see his progress at his blog, The Drawing Boards. If you’d like to post some of your own drawings, try another of his blogs, Furniture Design. It’s a community blog in that anyone can post to it. That’s a great idea, because one thing that most woodworkers lack is a group of collegues to share ideas with. I’ve already posted two of my own designs there and gotten some good questions.
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Thanks for the mention Matt. I look forward to more people getting involved with the site. The more people participate the more we'll all grow.
Great idea - in many ways designing is the hardest part of the process of making furniture. Often good design can rescue average technique, but even brilliant technique will never rescue poor design....
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