Attachment Lesson 0: Don’t unattach it in the first place!
Plenty of creations are made through processes which take away material from a big piece. Nothing is added, and therefore nothing has to be attached. These processes which take away material are called “subtractive”, while processes which add and attach more pieces are “additive”.
Sculptures in stone are a great example of subtractive work. An artist chips away the extra bits, leaving a sculpted form. Similarly, an artisan may dig away most of the wood from a log, leaving the outside shell for use as a canoe.
There are a few techniques which can result in pieces which are separate and interlocked, not because they were attached, but because the material connecting them was taken away.
Here is a wooden chain, carved from a single branch. Learn more about the process here.
These two book stands live in MAKESHOP, and were build with subtractive techniques using tools in our workshop. Roy Underhill presents the techniques and history of this book stand, as written by the 18th century french master Andre Roubo. The video is available online.