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Golden Mean Dividers/Compass?


Dear Orchidians, Long time listener. First time caller. A friend of
mine who teaches art asked me if I knew where she could purchase a
Golden Mean divider/compass. She showed me a drawing of one
mentioned in an art book she has. Any leads or takers? Thanks in
advance for any help on this one.

Mike Campbell


I think she means a proportional divider see:

They are not inexpensive. I have one pair I bought in Japan during
the Korean war which were very cheap, and another pair a little
larger US made that were well over $100 in about 1975.

I think the quality Bridgecity tool ones may be being discontinued.



I posted a source for an exceptionally fine proportional divider. The
site may be a little harder to use than Ithought. The item is
1101-157 proportional divider. sneak preview 56. I have made a pdf
of this and of some other info on the golden mean that I will send
to any one who wants it off list. Phi the golden mean ratio is a
irrational number as is pi to circles. You don’t need fancy numerical
math to use it to. The tool does for the golden mean what a
compass does for a circle. The tool does a lot of other things as
well. Before CAD systems it was a regular drafting tool for PAD
(pencil aided design).