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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 18-20The 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 20-22An 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: Train Your Eye

Good, better or best? Small details and design decisions make a difference.By George R. Walker Pages 18-20It’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 16-18The 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 18-20I 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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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....