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  • Is it Art, Craft or Design? Part 2

    In my previous blog on this topic, I related the Tale of Four Bowls…the long story of Duchamp's famous "fountain" and the journey from design to art to craft and back to design. That post ended by asking if it was all simply a matter of intention. The short answer is yes and no. Intention counts. But it's important to get clear
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 07-23-2012
  • Designing and Building a Wood Sculpture Stand, Part 3: Making the template

    Now that I had my thick-walled hollow wooden form built, I had to draw the curved outline of the finished shape onto two adjoining faces of the form. The process is very straightforward. The traditional, age-old method for scaling up a drawing was to first draw a grid of squares on top of the scaled drawing, then take a sheet of paper or other surface
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 07-21-2012
  • Designing and Building a Wood Sculpture Stand, Part 2: Constructing the Form

    As I mentioned in my last blog, making the 1/4-scale model for my wooden sculpture stand was very straightforward. In general, one of the values of building an accurate model, other than enabling you to see the project in three dimensions instead of two, is that you can get an indication of the steps involved in the actual construction of your project
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 07-16-2012
  • Designing and Building a Wood Sculpture Stand. Part 1: The Design Challenge

    Recently I was commissioned to build a wooden stand to display a piece of sculpture. The sculpture, which my client had purchased at a benefit auction, is rather cool and unconventional.The artist's name is Long-Bin Chen and the piece is titled "World Buddha Head Project." It is made from recycled phone books that have been glued together
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 07-11-2012
  • Design in Wood: The Winners, part 2

    Selecting "Best of Show" awards at the San Diego "Design in Wood" exhibition on behalf of Woodwork and American Woodwork was a challenge. As I described in my last blog, the process for choosing the winner in the Furniture category was made somewhat easier because at least all the contenders were furniture…and there were only
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 06-29-2012
  • Design in Wood: The Winners, part 1

    When I traveled to San Diego earlier this month, I had a few tasks. Some of them involved articles for upcoming issues of American Woodworker and Woodwork magazine, but my main mission was to select two pieces from the Design in Wood exhibition for "Best of Show" awards sponsored by AW and Woodwork . The "Best of Show" awards actually
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 06-25-2012
  • Is it Art, Craft or Design?

    Last weekend I was in San Jose, California for the American Association of Woodturners's annual symposium. This was an enormous sprawling event, involving three days of demonstrations, talks, exhibitions, meetings and general socializing among members of the turning community. There was a large trade show of vendors set up there as well, hawking
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 06-13-2012
  • Design in Wood Sneak Peak

    I traveled to San Diego, California this past weekend to take an early look at the annual Design in Wood show, and—standing in for editor-in-chief Randy Johnson—to select two "Best of Show" awards that are sponsored each year by American Woodworker . For those of you who are not familiar with Design in Wood (DIW), it is an annual
    Posted to John Lavine's Blog (Weblog) by John Lavine on 06-04-2012
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