Sometimes wishes can come true, especially if they border on the mundane. Often during the design process, I've wished for a large, non marring, accurate way to measure and record the curves of my chairs. I like to compare and contrast so that the best results can be carried forward and to understand what makes them that way.
As I was thumbing through a Garrett Wade catalogue, amongst the hordes of stuff they now sell for the "Gentleman gardener", I came across this tool. It's a 18 inch contour gauge and it was made just for me. At about $70, it is way pricey, but for every time that I wished that I had one, I took the plunge. (For an extra dollar, I got the "set" with the 6" version as well)
I've already run around the house comparing curves with lot's of "a ha's" and "hmm's". My grand plan is to record the cross sections of my favorite seats and make some templates to reference while carving. I'll post my results soon.