99% of commercial retail design falls off at the ankle yet one of the most important areas of design is the foot especially in turned or cabriole legs. It takes several goes at finding the exact pattern and balance –
Below: The leg on the right has had a trim up lightening the lines through the base area.
Master Chippendale had the foresight to get into the furniture pattern book game in its early stages. He carefully noted the popular styles of the day, and published a book called The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director in 1754 at the rather expensive price of £2.8s. It was supported by wealthy subscribers, and meant to appeal, as the title says, to both gentlemen and cabinet-makers, “as being to assist the one in the Choice, and the other in the Execution of the Designs; which are so contrived, that if no one Drawing should singly answer the Gentleman’s Taste, there will yet be found a Variety of Hints, sufficient to construct a new one.” (Preface).
AutoSock is the high tech solution to an age old problem – how to give road tyres the grip they need on ice and snow to …get you home!
AutoSock – textile wheel covers with an elasticated edge; you just slip them over the driving wheels when you find yourself getting stuck. (“Yes – it really is this easy” and “Yes, of course they work!”) Be prepared for the winter by carrying a set of AutoSock in your car, happy in the knowledge that
- fitting them is easy. If you can pull a sock over your foot you can push a fabric cover over a wheel.
- fitting them requires no practice.
- they weigh less than 1kg and take up minimal space. It’s sensible to keep them with the spare wheel, always ready for use.
- they are relatively universal, i.e. one size fits over 60% of cars.
- they’re reusable again and again – providing value for money for years to come.
- they work!
- prices start at only £49.95!
Probably the most difficult part of the operation is remembering that they’re there!