New Altar #2: Altar Lay out

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Blog entry by Arthouse posted 03-20-2015 01:27 PM 1603 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Seeing the model again and again I started to lay out the Gothic Cathederal Arches but first I wanted to have knowledge of the how the old craftsman layed out the arches. I researched on Utube the many different ways how two concentric circles line up to form a cathedral arch. It was agonizing because the Altar is basically a rectangle and all the demonstrations were of squares. My lay outs didn’t coincide . I became prematurely grey, I walked away many times for air. Cussing helped. Finally persistence worked but to my surprise the model and lay out were totally different for seven feet. The original Altar is seven feet wide and that is what I was designing for to keep the same Altar Cloths and carpet covered altar base the same. I layed it out on eight feet not good. Nine foot worked perfect with the right proportions and same size with as the original church woodworking I followed. I contacted the church council members for a meeting to discuss the different size of nine foot and see what the ramifications of larger Altar were. The old men of the church were all in agreement if we move the Altar back four feet from original Altar it would fit in nicely in the Asp end of the church . I measured the original high back Altar made in Germany and to my amazement it was nine feet wide. One of the wise men said it was more important for my talent to serve the community build it at nine feet . Feeling relieved and mystified of the church council approval and there confidence in me I thanked God and came back to my studio for final drawings on the solid wood . This is what was needed for the lay out. Trammel points , compass, butter paper, T-spuare , pencils, sandpaper to erase the pencil lines , square , 1/4 plywood patterns and a lot of head scratching. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 03-20-2015 02:09 PM

I’m going to enjoy watching this project unfold. I like how the design is revealing itself to you.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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