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The Compass, the Straightedge, and the Sector

Karen Werner, PhD, MEd's picture
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The Compass, the Straightedge, and the Sector


Jim Tolpin is a woodworker, prolific author, and faculty member at our neighboring Port Townsend School of Woodworking. We were delighted to have Jim as a guest presenter at the Spring 2013 Undergraduate Residency in Port Townsend, Washington.

Jim taught a hands-on workshop, “By Hand and Eye: Design Strategies of Pre-Industrial Artisans for Post-Industrial Artists.”

Students learned how to use three ancient instruments: the compass, the straightedge and the sector. Practicing non-formulaic geometry, they created a variety of rectilinear and curved forms. Then students designed unique pieces of furniture with these old-fashioned tools. Everyone has been asking for Jim to come back for another workshop!

Stay tuned for more exciting news from the Undergraduate Program in Port Townsend.

(Thanks to photographer David Conklin for the lovely photos.)

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