The weather has dropped below freezing and decided to stay there all week. So no shop time after work this week. It just takes too long to heat the shop to a reasonable temperature in order to get any work done. So I focused my attention on playing a little catchup with drawings and tying the last of the knobs I need for the HB Tansu #2. I’m still not done with the knobs, 6 down and 4 to go. I may actually get them all done before I hit the rack tonight. These knobs are all four strand star knots tied with #72 tarred nylon.
I also completed the drawing that illustrates the divider details.
I hope that all of you keep some sort of journal for your work and ideas. The drawings that I post on here are a little over the top. It’s just my thing. I find creating the hand drawings quite relaxing and derive a lot of enjoyment from them. What I actually use on a daily basis though, is a dedicated sketchbook that I keep on the end table with a pencil tucked in so that it’s always at the ready. Every idea goes in that little book. Mostly scribbles and notes, but I try to get everything down on paper. Once in a while I’ll flip back through the pages and see if anything catches my eye that I may have forgotten about.
The important thing is to find something that works for you and use it. I know that Sketchup is popular currently. I messed around with it a little but find it to be limiting to quickly getting an idea recorded. I think it would be good for creating final polished design drawings, just not for the journalling of ideas. I use AutoCAD daily in day job and we still turn to pencil and paper for quickly getting an idea on paper.
The most popular excuse for not journalling is, “I can’t draw.”
To that I say, “Learn.”
Drawing is simply a hand-eye coordination skill. It can be learned and improved with practice just like any other skill of this type. Does that mean we can all become artist? Nope. We can develop enough drawing skills to get our ideas on paper and maybe even communicate those ideas to others. Drawing is also a transferable skill that will help you in your woodworking. Layout, especially laying down and blending curved areas, will be greatly improved as your drawing skills improve. Drawing will also improve your ability to visualize how things are to be assembled or even what they will look like long before you cut the first piece of wood. So, if you are already journalling, good for you and keep up the good work. If not, get a piece of paper and a pencil and get started.