Tue, Dec 26, 2006, 8:06am (EST-3) firstname.lastname@example.org doth burble:
That's right. Once you get into the lofty atmosphere of a pro, it's
actually hard to tolerate someone that even needs plans. Plans are for
My first thought when I read that was, "What a crock". My second
thought when I red that was, "What a crock".
Any time a pro makes a one-off there may, or may not be plans
involved. I'm not a prob, but there seldom are plans involved.
However, there may, or may not be some measurements written down,
usually not. Most of my one-offs I prefer to wing it. More fun that
But any time a pro makes duplicates of something, there are plans
involved. Might just be some measurements written down, maybe a story
stick, but something that will allow making identical copies - which is
what plans are after all. Just because they're no drawings on a piece
of paper, and you can't understand how it's done because of that,
doesn't make it not a plan. Sounds like the pros "do" tolerate people
needing plans after all.
I know of people who are talented enough to about make a scaled
plan of whatever they want to make without even using any drafting
tools. They're skilled enough to use no plans at all if they wanted.
Some of them do make their own detailed plans, and then work from them.
Others work from someone else's plans. They work from plans because
they like to work from plans. Pierod.
Then there's the people who like to work from other people's plans,
but make their own changes.
Then there's the people who like to look at plans, take an idea
from one plan, one from another, and make up their own plans. I'm kinda
in this area because I love to look at plans for inspiration.
Then there's the people who just decide what they want to make, how
they want to make it, or want it to do, and then go ahead and make it.
Maybe some measurements, maybe a rough sketch or two, or maybe just in
their mind. This is basically where I'm at. I've found out I can
pretty much visualize what I want to make, then go thru different
thought processes of how to do it. It may not be pretty, and I'm
inclined to paint some stuff yellow (often just to wind up the too-tight
people), but so far everything pretty much works the way I want it to.
And anytime I want to make dupes of anything I make patterns.
Like the man said, it ain't brain surgery. But personally, I
wouldn't want a rotating gun rack.
It's not hard, if you get your mind right.
- Granny Weatherwax