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Jim Sannerud Bowl

Design Matters: Look Beneath the Surface

Learn the hidden order that speaks a common craft language. by George R. Walker pages 18-20 Jim Sannerud is a gifted artisan who turns wooden bowls that are inspired by the rich tradition of Scandinavian woodcraft. Recently, I was admiring his work when the conversation shifted to clay potters who turn their work on...

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Design Matters: Drawing Strategies for Design

It will take more than one drawing to get it right – and that’s OK. by George R. Walker p. 20 My best days in the woodshop are with my 4-year-old grandson, Seth. He’s just tall enough to see over the benchtop and quick to grab every scrap of wood or curly shaving before...

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Design Matters: The Star Chamfer

This simple transition of surfaces helps place emphasis where you want it.  by George R. Walker page 18 Just a week into my machinist apprenticeship I felt, for the first time, the wrath of Big Red. He was the head inspector in the tool room and got the nickname for his fiery temper. When...

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Designer Profile: Dan Mosheim

His creative process starts with pencil and moves on to CAD and CNC. by George R. Walker p. 18 I first stumbled onto Dan Mosheim about six years ago through his eclectic blog, “Dorset Custom Furniture – A Woodworkers Photo Journal” (dorsetcustomfurniture.blogspot.com). It’s primarily about building and designing furniture, but it’s also a peek into...

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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...