RICHARD WEIGAND’S BLOG

Sustainability – Part 3 of 3

I’m not really much of a flag-waver. I’m not trying to promote a political position or a trendy topic of discussion. But utilizing resources thoughtfully is just logical. Simply living on planet earth means you do a degree of harm, but there’s a logical degree to...

Sustainability – Keepsake Box Made From Salvaged Wood…  Part 2 of 3

Sustainability – Keepsake Box Made From Salvaged Wood… Part 2 of 3

Richard Weigand says he does not regard sustainability as an “issue.” The term’s intent is best exemplified when “it becomes a way of life as opposed to a principal that one is waving a flag over. I believe in the idea of moderation in all things; I know people who...

Sustainability…  Part 1 of 3

Sustainability… Part 1 of 3

Richard Weigand says he does not regard sustainability as an “issue.” The term’s intent is best exemplified when “it becomes a way of life as opposed to a principal that one is waving a flag over. I believe in the idea of moderation in all things; I know people who...

Wabi sabi – Mass Production… Part 4 of 4

Wabi sabi – Mass Production… Part 4 of 4

In my current work, I’m looking at all this salvaged wood. Every piece, every board has to be compared to the other boards. Does it look good, do I need to change it…flip it upside down, turn it around…how does it look best? The color of that wood, does it look good...

Wabi sabi – Mass Production… Part 3 of 4

Straight-grained wood can be anything – a leg of a chair, a back of a chair, it can be anything. No decision has to be made; no one had to look at any specific, unique piece of wood and say, “this would make a good rocking chair arm, because of the curve in the...

Wabi sabi – Character In Wood… Part 2 of 4

Wabi sabi can be beautifully expressed in wood. It can be part of the wood’s natural growth and formation, and it can be discovered and brought to focus by a craftsman, or it can be added to the project by the craftsman. Here in Grayson County, we live surrounded by...

Wabi Sabi – The Japanese Art of Imperfection…

Wabi Sabi – The Japanese Art of Imperfection…

The Japanese concept of wabi sabi is ancient, deriving from even more ancient Chinese words. Scholars agree that wabi originally meant “the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society.” Sabi meant “chill,” “lean,” or “withered.” The more modern, more...

Fibonacci – Natural Beauty is Lasting…  Part 2 of 2

Fibonacci – Natural Beauty is Lasting… Part 2 of 2

Fibonacci proportion bridges from physical to non-physical. When you use those proportions, you’ll have a satisfying naturalness to your work – whether it’s a painting, a chair, a house, a car, or anything. They all have proportions and that 1.618 [ratio, Euclid’s and...

Fibonacci – Proportions In Furniture Making…  Part 1

Fibonacci – Proportions In Furniture Making… Part 1

In Italy in the year 1202, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo published a text on mathematics that became the standard throughout the known world. While his ideas have been applied to many modern uses, two in particular have retained their importance through the more than 700...

Furniture Commissions Part 3 of 3

Then, economics comes into it. Those artists who say, don’t sell out, just follow your imagination, do what feels right to you… when you have an artist doing that, just doing what he wants to do with no regard for the marketplace, that’s when economics comes to view....