Lesson for the Architects
This past Sunday we had the opportunity to meet with a group of architects from the ‘Registered Architect club’ and show them some of the carpentry trade as well as have them try their hand at cutting a tenon and the appropriate hole for the tenon. It is a task that for us seems terrifically ‘normal’ or ‘simple’ but when teaching a lay person one really starts to realize all of the lessons that one has learned to make that task a simple one. The thing that occurred to me the most was really the use of the geometry of the body in carpentry as opposed to strength. A simple task becomes simple because unnecessary energy is not spent. The geometry of the body alone allows this and can even help a beginner to really start to grasp the basics from cut number one. It was a fun day with a lot of great folks.
We also cut a few of the joints that we use most often in our work that are tried and true over centuries.
Feast your eyes!