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Design Matters: Make the Most of Figured Maple

The right orientation adds shimmer and pop to your work. by George R. Walker pages 18-20 The barn loft was hot and dusty – and especially so after digging through piles of rough lumber for wide cherry boards at the bottom of the stack. We took a break outside for some fresh air and sat on a...

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Design Matters: Rustication

Furniture design is a chip off the old block. by George R. Walker pages 20-22 An old proverb states that architecture is the mother of all arts. Of all the related decorative arts, furniture is most closely wedded to architecture, and all major furniture styles up through the early 20th century were inspired by an architectural parent....

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Design Matters: Portable Drafting Table

Move beyond a measured drawing and let your imagination reign. by George R. Walker Pages 18-20 Buy this issue now My 6-year-old nephew, Ryan, loves to eat cheese puffs and play with Legos. For his birthday, I bought him a set of the colorful plastic bricks to build a Lego attack helicopter, then watched as he meticulously...

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Design Matters: Sketching Strategies

As with woodworking skills, design and drawing skills take practice. By George R. Walker Pages 20-22 Buy This Issue Now For many woodworkers, design seems like a leap into the unknown. It’s one thing to teach our hands to saw to a curved line; it’s quite another to summon our eye to conjure a fair curve. Blog: Read...

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Design Matters: Train Your Eye

Good, better or best? Small details and design decisions make a difference. By George R. Walker Pages 18-20 It’s every manufacturer’s dream to have “one size fit all.” Yet imagine a trip to the shoe store and upon arriving, you discover they offer only one size. We understand clearly that function is tied directly to size; a...

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Design Matters: A Chairmaker’s Design Lessons

The Windsor form survives trial by fire. By George R. Walker Pages 16-18 The blaze started sometime after midnight. A weak spot in the chimney broke and glowing embers spilled out onto dry timbers. By the time the fire crew arrived and strung hoses from a nearby stream, it was all they could do to keep the...

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Design Matters: A Practiced Eye

Straight lines will help you generate pleasing curves. By George R. Walker Pages 18-20 I 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 20-22 The 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 18-19 How 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...