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Fairing the Curve – Part 10 of 10

It’s very much like boatbuilding, where the builder has to combine the beauty of the form with the function of the object; when smoothness has to be met with sturdiness without either effect being shortchanged. It’s a gentle tension, an honest compromise. It’s fairing...

Fairing the Curve – Part 9

“Art is the spiritual part of woodworking. The other part is the practicality of the building process and the functional aspect of the piece. There’s always a balance between what you are trying to say aesthetically and the practicality of the piece — there’s always a...

Fairing the Curve – Part 8

Fairing the Curve – Part 8

“A customer will feel that something is not quite right but he can’t put a name to it or explain to someone else what the problem is. You might go to a show and like one guy’s chairs but you aren’t interested in buying one; but then you walk into another person’s...

Fairing the Curve – Part 7

Fairing the Curve – Part 7

“In certain pieces there are ‘hard’ lines that are intentional and that’s okay. But a hard line that is not intended to be hard, that’s a problem for both the maker and his customer, and it’s difficult to explain though it’s easily sensed."

Fairing the Curve – Part 6

Fairing the Curve – Part 6

“On furniture, you want to fair any curve. Even if it’s a small curve, you put your hand on it and follow it up and down and you can tell if it’s faired. It feels continuous; there’s nothing abrupt."

Fairing the Curve – Part 5

Fairing the Curve – Part 5

Richard Weigand says that to fair the curves in his woodworking projects, he looks at the shadows. “Light shows the hard line. If you have a hard shadow, the curve is not properly faired. If it’s properly faired you don’t have black and white, you have a gradient...