And I thought I was the only one with a folder where I'd copied photos of future "projects".
Knowing the overall dimensions, I've gone as far as to blow up the photo on my screen and try to figure out the approximate width and length of the various strips.
Haha. I win. Have a Tool Inspiration folder, where I put tool pictures. It has a folder in it, on a specialized tool Then there is my Woodwork Inspiration folder, where I put inspiring pictures. And that folder has 17 folders on specific types of woodwork (boats, chests, beds, Tikis, etc., etc..), and folders of my previous my builds, fonts, my cane handle designs, and so on. And anything I want to make, I just figure out what dimensions I want it to be and go from there. When I do an image search on anything, I just save any picture that draws my attention, I don't care what it is. Then later I go thru everything and discard all that are obviously what I do not want. Then when I am actually ready to start on whatever, I go thru the pictures of it several times, each time discarding more photos, until I get down to maybe 6-10 pictures. Then I study those, see what feature I can use from each, sketch, modify, modify, modify, until I come up with a design I like, figure out dimensions, and good to go. Some of the stuff I can make from the rough sketch, other times I draw out a finished design.
During my searches, as I said, I find a LOT of stuff. Some is of interest to me, some I figure someone else will be interested, so save to post every once in awhile - then I discard the ones I am not interested in, and save the few that I am interested in. I have several hundred Tiki photos saved just now, they will eventually evolve down to maybe 6, and those I will keep until I figure out how to load chunks of tree trunks in to my truck without destroying my back, then make a few more.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.