Drawing Big Curves
Let drawing tools, jigs, and a little intuition help you design graceful furniture
Synopsis: Creating a piece of furniture that uses long, curved lines and graceful shapes isn’t difficult, designer Paul Schürch says. It’s a matter of trusting your instinct and knowing how to use the right tools and jigs. This primer on drawing curves illustrates how to make jigs that will help you to craft such basic shapes as arcs, fair curves, and ellipses.
For centuries, wooden-boat builders have been drawing templates and designing components that feature long, curved lines and surfaces, thus creating boats of grace, beauty, and strength. The term fairing a curve comes from boatbuilding and refers to the process of creating an organically flowing line that continues gracefully without flat spots or kinks, bringing various curved surfaces into alignment. If a line is not fair in a boat design, it can undermine the boat’s beauty and strength. Having worked as a boat builder early in…