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Fig 10.20   Pottery lids suitable for turned wooden boxes

Woodturning Design's chapters are:

1. The Design Process, 4 pages

2. Perception, 6 pages

3. A History of Aesthetics, 30 pages

4. Design Concepts and Issues, 48 pages

5. Stage 1 Design, 28 pages

6. Ornament and Moldings, 32 pages

7. The Detailed Design of Form, 26 pages

8. Decoration, 14 pages

9. Designing Spindles, 8 pages

10. Box Design, 12 pages

11. Vessel Design, 6 pages

12. Columns, 46 pages

13. Where Next? 4 pages

Index, 4 pages

Serpentine legs
Fig 3.13   Serpentine lines from William Hogarth's The Analysis of Beauty
Serpentine lines
Fig 3.14   Serpentine legs, also from Hogarth's The Analysis of Beauty

Excerpts from some of the reviews:

His book on design is one of the most thorough discussions available anywhere, dealing with both the mechanics and the aesthetics of design. Robert Gulley, Woodturning Design magazine, Spring 2007

Every two years since 1997 I have had the pleasure of exploring a new book by Mike Darlow. It is a terrific series, and this book is no exception . . . There are hundreds of challenging ideas about design. The "Golden Mean" is commonly invoked as the ultimate in good proportion. However Darlow debunks this idea over several enjoyable and persuasive pages . . . if you want to broaden your knowledge, think about design, sketch, experiment and try again, then this is a rich resource. Ernie Newman, The Australian Woodworker, July/Aug 2003

I wish you had written it years ago. It would have saved me much money on the useless design books which sit on my shelf. An email from a Louisiana reader, 29th September 2004

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Woodturning Design, t he fifth book in Mike's colour woodturning series:
If you have a flair for design this book will enable you to design better. If you think you lack "designer genes", Woodturning Design will give you the confidence and knowledge to design better than you thought possible.
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