Jon's father, Norman Grag.
Like any blueprint, a chandelier work drawing makes perfect sense to the chandelier maker but probably looks like hieroglyphics to anyone else.. It can be especially confusing when it has to show multiple perspectives on one sheet as this one does.
Years apart. Different room. Different person. Similar posture. Same drawing table (same elbow-lamp!).


Getting from a small-scale spec-drawing to a full-scale work drawing. First one locates the important landmarks: where the wiring bodies are, where the candles are...then fill in. The arms’ curves are drawn free-hand — a flexible drafting curve is helpful here — then bending forms are built to match the drawing, measurements taken, and production can begin.
Three iterations of a proposed 28-arm chandelier spanning some twenty years and two generations. Finally produced in 2017.
A chalice is a rare commission these days but hollowware was part of my training… the third generation to do work for Fr. Russ.
Getting from a small-scale spec-drawing to a full-scale work drawing. First one locates the important landmarks: where the wiring bodies are, where the candles are...Then fill in. The arms’ curves are drawn free-hand — a flexible drafting curve is helpful here — then bending forms are built to match the drawing, measurements taken, and production can begin.
Design is “hands-on.” Or re-design, in this case…. Pull some parts out of scrap, put them together in various combinations until they look right and fit the specified dimensions, then trace it out and write up a list of parts.
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