Article Index George R. Walker

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Design Matters: The Soup-can Curve

We’ve all done it – but speed does have disadvantages. by George Walker pages 18-20 We might admire a graceful curve in nature without understanding what lends it a sense of spring and vitality. Small details can often make the difference between a curve that sings and one that just seems to plod along....

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Design Matters: Secrets of the Cyma Curve

We might admire a graceful curve in nature without understanding what lends it a sense of spring and vitality. Small details can often make the difference between a curve that sings and one that just seems to plod along. If you’re like me, you may have reached for a coffee cup or soup can...

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Killer Wood

Don’t let fabulous figure overshadow your design elements. by George Walker page 16 Much has been written about how Michelangelo, the great artist and sculptor, spent years of his life in the Carrara, Italy, marble quarries. He sought out promising stone and often took part in the whole process, from the initial sectioning of...

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Design Matters: Depth Adds Life to Design

Use moulding, carving and other details to add visual layers. by George R. Walker page 18 Have you ever gazed at a great painting and, for a brief moment, found yourself pulled into it? Almost like magic, a few well-crafted brush strokes can trigger memories like the haunting cries of a seagull or the...

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Design Matters: Not Just Any Hat Will Do

Let function and proportion be your guide when designing a top. by George Walker page 20 Growing up, I was never one for wearing hats – that was until fresh out of high school when I headed west to work on a cattle ranch high in the mountains of Montana. My brother looked me...

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Design Matters: Fair Curves

Dave Fisher designs bowls by touch as well as sight. by George R. Walker page 18 The words “fair curve” get tossed around by designers, chairmakers and especially by boatbuilders. It’s almost impossible to pin down any of those folks and get a precise definition. About the best you might hear is that a...

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Sketch a Volute Freehand

Use this classic, graceful curved form to punctuate your work. by George Walker pages 20 -22 Our craft is never far from the forest. Aside from harvesting timber, food and fuel from the woodlands, we harvest ideas and inspiration. The leaf duff covering the forest soil gives way to the green shoots of a...

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Improvisation

Modifying a design means more than simply scaling. by George Walker pages 18-19 How do you modify a design without making a hash of it? It’s a common question that dogs even the experienced woodworker. Any good cook knows that simply doubling ingredients is asking for trouble. Somehow those flavors that danced together in...

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Secrets from a Swan

Add graceful notes to your furniture with cyma curves. by George R. Walker pages 32-34 The first sign of spring in northern Ohio appears while the wintery landscape is still cased in snow. Ice-covered lakes give way to patches of open water and along with it the arrival of migrating trumpeter swans. My wife, Barbie, and I...