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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...

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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...