In my opinion, the Nicholson workbench is a timeless classic, simple and elegant but based on a sophisticated understanding of effective and efficient design. Almost every element serves multiple purposes. It has a high strength to weight ratio and can be made very long. It was put forward by a man uniquely qualified to appreciate its excellence. One of the things I like about my bench is that it springs from this history. It is timeless.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Who was Peter Nicholson?
Reading about the design of what we call the Nicholson work bench made me curious. The best biography I could find of Peter Nicholson is on Wikipedia here. Turns out he was an extremely interesting man, self-taught and accomplished in architecture, mathematics and engineering. As a youth, he served an apprenticeship to a cabinet-maker and worked as a journeyman before abandoning the trade in favor of teaching and writing. The list of his publications is lengthy. A common theme is the application of science and mathematics to practical problems of construction and design.
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