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johnah5

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Pictures or descriptions
« on: April 28, 2008, 10:02:39 PM »
I was fooling around in the research area of this site trying to find if there are pictures or descriptions of pieces that I could look at and attempt to see column orders, golden sections etc?   I didn't get far on the Winterthur site and didn't know if anyone had a recommendation.

I would also like to see the drawer progressions.

thanks
John

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Re: Pictures or descriptions
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 03:57:29 PM »
John,

If you are looking for more info on the classical orders you'll want to check out the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America. A link to its site is found on the Museums and Organizations page on our home page, or click here: http://www.classicist.org/

Unfortunately, cabinetmaking has always been lumped in with other trades as the "allied arts". I am unaware of any book or resource, other than the pattern books of Chippendale, Benjamin, and others that make a direct link between the study of classical orders and cabinetmaking. Aside from the ocassional article in FWW, Home Furniture, PopWood, and Woodwork, the subject has not (yet) been treated at any length in book form. There are some nice scholarly articles in the Chipstone American Furniture volumes, but it sounds like you are looking for practical information that you can actually put into use. I can tell you that there is research being done today, much of it by members of SAPFM, on this topic. If you are near one of the regional chapters, go to a meeting. You can learn a lot from these guys (n) The information you are looking for may be out there, just not all in one place.
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johnah5

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Re: Pictures or descriptions
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 09:46:27 PM »
Thanks Mark,

You are right I am looking for something more practical rather than something erudite.

I will continue plugging away.  I know there is something coming out in the next issue of the SAPFM publication.

Thanks for your post.

John H