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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...

Fairing the Curve – Part 4

Fairing the Curve – Part 4

But if a curve – as often seen in nature and in art — is free-form, changing over its distance, being wide and open here and tighter and more controlled there, yet is still active, graceful, and so appealing that it draws the mind and hand of observers to touch it,...

Fairing the Curve – Part 3

Fairing the Curve – Part 3

If all the points in a curve are the same distance from a center point then it’s called an arc and it can be measured and easily replicated. If the points on a curve change over its distance but do so in a regular pattern and the pattern is repeated at each end, it’s...

Fairing The Curve – Part 2

Fairing The Curve – Part 2

Fairing a curve means adjusting the shape of a not-straight line so that it is both useful to its function and pleasing to the eye of the viewer. Some curves are “tight” like interrupted circles and seem to hum a high-pitched, tense tone; others are large and loose...