HOW TO DRAW A PERFECT OVAL BY A PAIR OF COMPASS

 Project by Sam Shakouri posted 09-21-2010 04:23 AM 162856 views 183 times favorited 32 comments

A 75 year old friend of mine, named Werner, used to work as cooper, an old trade in building wine and whisky barrels, taught me how to draw a perfect oval by using a regular pair of compass. This method was used to build oval barrels. Werner was still excited about that method and insisted to teach me how to do it. I think it maybe a good idea to share it with you all L Js. So I took all the task of writing and drawing to achieve that…. hopefully.
Just follow the 4 steps and you will be able to draw the oval in the size you want.

Step 1 with pic. 2: Draw a line that represents the length of the oval and divide it into 3 equal parts and name it A, B. C and D.

Step 2 pic. 3: Open the compass as long as one third of the line, say A to B. and draw 2 circles using B and C as centres. These 2 circles will be crossed each other in 2 points name them as E1 and E2.

Step 3 with pic. 4: Create new 2 points on each circle by using the compass, without any change, and by using A and D as centres. Name them as F1, F2, F3 and F4.

Step 4 with pic. 5: Adjust the compass as the length between F1 and E2 and run it from F1 to F2 using E2 as centre. Repeat this step and draw the line from F3 to F4 by using E1 as centre.
GOOD LUCK!

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....