Yes, I know that I’ve said in the past that I don’t sketch out every idea that I have. But I do have some that need to be sketched, at least in part. Especially when I’m working on larger formed pieces I need something to figure out what size disk to start with and an angle comparison to use while raising it.
So what sort of tools would a metalsmith need to sketch with (besides notebooks) ?
It’s similar to other types of drafting. I’m sure that you could use CAD or some other type of 3D drafting software to do this. But I like to use pencil and paper because that’s what I’m comfortable with.
Usually I’ll just freeform it, but there are times where I need to be more specific. So I use rulers, a compass, maybe a french curve to get the exact size and shape that I want. Many times I refer to my circle divider from Tim McCreight’s Complete Metalsmith (or I make one myself) in order to keep things evenly spaced in a bowl. Then, of course, there are all my paper templates too.