Did you every do a Google search on Frank Lloyd Wright and notice how
many times the reference to structural problems comes up?
Buffalo, NY - USA
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On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 19:17:40 -0500, the inscrutable Nova
Falling Water was spectacular. Taliesin West was interesting.
But his stained glasswork sucked (waaaay to fracking busy) and
his Usonian stuff too utilitarian and ugly. The more I read
about his work and see pictures of his buildings, the less I
find to worship about the guy.
"Boy, I feel safer now that Martha Stewart is behind bars!
IMO, FLW was at the blunted edge of today's "form over function" mentality.
Come to think of it, breast augmentation, Bo-tox and blindingly bright
teeth, to name a just few, are manifestations of that same, spoiled,
A pox on the ilk.
if he did, I'd hate to see it. FLW was a visionary, a thinker, an
artist. whether you like his stuff is up to you. he wasn't an
engineer, and as a builder he sucked- many of his structures have had
to be essentially rebuilt to keep them from being dangerous to occupy.
he had a tendency to extend himself beyond his ability- admirable or
foolhardy, depending on your point of view. he achieved a lot with
very little, but he left a lot of half-baked stuff behind.
: I am wondering who are the most influencial woodworkers and
: woodworking teachers in North America. I would like to check out
: others that I don't know about. Who else belongs in this list
Charles and Ray Eames.
-- Andy Barss
Greene & Greene, designers and builders of "The Gamble House". That's
a piece of furniture cleverly disguised as a house. Someday I'll figure
out how to steal it and then "Good Bye Pasadena, hello New York!" USC
ownes it now because some freaking retard who wanted to buy the place
mentioned that he was going to paint the inside white. The Gambles
(Proctor & Gamble fame) said "No you're not, monkey boy!".
You can get tours of the place if you want to suffer from home envy for
the rest of your life.
I can find no modern furniture that is as well designed and emotionally
satisfying as that made by the Arts and Crafts movement in the early years
I've learned something from every woodworker I've ever come in contact with.
None of which are on your list and none of the techniques/shortcuts I've
picked up will never be found in a book as each of us learns unique
techniques along the way.
My humble opinion.
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