This morning, I watched the final episode of Guédelon, on iPlayer and it was a bumper issue, not best till last, because I have been hooked on all the episodes, but this last one was particularly good. From the design of the Arch, to the way it was drawn full size on the Tracing Floor, to the Masons Lodge both sides, the rough Ashlar and the Smooth Ashlar, to create the design, and its dry fitting and erection.
I can not emphasise the need to understand this process, the way the design is drawn is without doubt the most interesting, the Mason used tools that we tend to forget, the beam compass, and right angle, triangle with plum bob level,the pencil a new invention but I can forgive this.
My students ask why they were told to buy a small drawing board, I told them this will last for ever, you will use it all the way through your career, I still have mine. But the main reason is that before you learn CAD, I have to teach you to think the detail in your head, to see the detail in 3D, to be able to sketch it without the aid of CAD.
Stay with me over the Christmas period, there will be posts, but good food, wine and excellent company might slow down any blogging.