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Design Matters: A Practiced Eye

Straight lines will help you generate pleasing curves.By George R. Walker Pages 18-20I know a potter who’s worked clay on a wheel for more than a quarter-century. His practiced eye has a keen sense for curved forms, honed by shaping tens of thousands of pots. I admire his work and also the fact that he...

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Design Matters: Look Beneath the Surface

Find valuable design lessons (and templates) in furniture ‘bones.’By George R. Walker Pages 20-22The average Jill might look at the little chest of drawers shown on this page and say, “What a nice furniture piece; it’s perfect for a nightstand. What kind of wood is that?”The average Joe might reply, “It’s tiger maple, and has...

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Honing in on Proportions

Small changes can make a big design difference – and help train your eye.By George R. Walker Pages 18-19How do you dial in the proportions on a furniture design? I used to pose that question a lot. Perhaps what makes this puzzling is the fact that small differences can have a dramatic effect. The line...

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Design Matters: Design by Proportion

Simple adjustments in ratios can produce pleasing and functional results.By George R. Walker Pages 60-62My wife, Barb, set a bag of groceries on the kitchen counter and said, “I saw a great work table – will you build me one?”On the surface it sounded like a simple request, but I’ve been down this road before....

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Design Matters: Sketching: It’s All in Your Mind

Try this exercise to unlock imagination.By George R. Walker Pages: 18-20From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now.In the first century B.C.E., a military architect named Vitruvius captured the distinction between a designer’s mind and the minds of the rest of us.“For all men, not just architects, are capable of appreciating quality; but...

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Design Matters: Why Design?

Developing your skills is a journey of discovery.By George R. Walker Pages: 20-22From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue nowMy brother and I gazed at a sunset from a rocky perch high atop Boulder Pass in Glacier National Park. A ball of orange slipped behind the jagged peaks way out there somewhere toward...