Tools of the Trade, IV

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back in the day when curves had to be plotted with centers located and tangents finely wrought…

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tools of the trade, III

back in the ink-on-mylar days, a significant portion of the time of the life of an architect intern was dedicated to cleaning pens.  On the other hand, there is nothing quite so satisfying in the world of drafting than watching the ink flow out smoothly from a pen on a long ship’s curve line.

tools of the trade I

the first of a series of photos of the daily tools of architects. Not a set of antique artifacts, just the common tools used up to about 10 years ago by most practicing architects. The electric eraser has given way to Autocad, Sketchup and all of the other computer-based tools, with all the advantages and losses that it entails.

I think I have reached the point where exactly half of my career has been spent working on computers, half with these old dinosaurs.