Forming Curves from Layers of Blocks
Technique offers strength, stability
Synopsis: Kirt Kirkpatrick glues together segments of wood like a mortared wall for strong, stable curves. The method is called bricklaying, and it can be a full circle, an arc or any curve. For strength, you need at least two layers of glued-up segments, but three or more is best. He talks about why patternmakers use brick-laid segments and how they’re ideal for bowls and furniture. Kirkpatrick starts by making a segment template, and then lays out and cuts the segments from the stock. You glue up the segments, then the layers, and then mark and trim the form to final size. Lots of side information covers making a circular frame, bricklaying a six-segment ring, and a look at professional patternmakers at work.
Building furniture is a pretty linear process, as long as the parts are straight, the joinery is simple and the framework is rectangular. But many pieces…