Making a Mangour display half I

published on July 3, 2020

When I had this project and I got very
excited to develop something like this

I wanted to be as authentic as possible
because it's going to be in a museum

But at the same time I wanted to really show that it is a living craft

it has to be relevant to today's time

it has to really speak to this time

otherwise I'm just copying and copying something that was in the past

and it could be a nice piece but it would be just there you know?

So first you have the design

and the design is based on a geometrical grid

so these are the four-fold and eight-fold grids

so you can see the four-pointed star and you have the octagon

and there's this underlying grid that is based on a 45 degree angle

and it can can be used also as a 90 degree angle

but you can see here the thing is from designing it and seeing the opening

and how can you determine the thickness
of wood when you do the screens?

So in this drawing you will see that
this is one strip

and this is another strip

but you can see the two opposing

the one in red is the frontside

and blue is the backside

so when you have this joint
here and you have another one placed on top

that's what gives you the overlapped joint of the screen

So the idea is with those grids

there is a beautiful proportion between the thickness of wood and the unique pattern here

The circle is always the maintainer of
this proportion

you can see it very clearly

and once we develop this drawing

each one of those units can be also designed once you learn the geometrical pattern of it

So you can see here that you have a different variation of designs from the octagon and four-pointed star

and they all share the same structure

but then it manifests itself in different variations of pattern

So how can we take the drawing now to the actual wood?

Ok so traditionally, how is it done?

Do you use tools to mark the wood?

First we need to show the idea, how we get those squares and the opening for the joints – so we have to cut it

Something similar to this one here

So first we get the mark engaged

And you can see that we've scraped the wood

So this is the distance, which is this distance here

and then afterwards you use tools like that

To mark you have two different sizes

So you have the size of the score here

and the size of the opening

So first we start with this

And this is a technique that we use to mark so that we know that the sizes are always consistent

So we have a square

a big square and a small square

or something just to make just a little bit of a mark

So you can see in the wood which size is which

So after you have those openings here, we need to use a square

so this is a perfect square

So now we have the joint that is going to be cut

which is this part

and you have the square piece which is this one here

And then to determine the cuts

some of those angles within a specific shape

like this one here

this is a specific angle that sits within a square

So you can have that already marked

and you put it in the square here so you have some sort of a guide

and then you do the marking

But as you can see to do this for all of the strips with this takes a lot of time

it takes a LOT of time and effort

So one way of developing it is we started to cut on fixed measurements

but then also we found out at the same time that it still takes time to measure each part

so I found a way to cut the specific designs that I want into a template like that

that can be fixed within the squares

Let's say all the cuts based on this

each on of those squares will fit on the pattern

so you know exactly the distance you need to cut and the shape

So once we've put all the drawings on each square and you can see where you need to cut

we can even take it to the band-saw

or cut it on the Morso

or with a chisel based on each one of those designs

and based on the composition

Those screens are assembled together without using nails or glue

So the cuts have to be very precise otherwise you will not have this joint perfectly coming together

So all the time while you're working, you always have to file it, to perfect each cut

so as a group, each on of us focuses on a specific cut

and over time, you perfect it

That's the craftsman

he is a maker who makes things – beautiful objects

but after he does it for a while, he becomes crafted at it

he becomes a craftsman

but that needs time

that needs time and repetition

and to be always conscious and aware of what you do

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