Design Matters

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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: 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: Sketching: It’s All in Your Mind

Try this exercise to unlock imagination. By George R. Walker Pages: 18-20 From 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: 20-22 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now My 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...

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Design Matters: Color Value

Contrast can be used to tell a visual tale. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21 Every season writes its own story in color. Winter has its stark contrast between snow-covered fields and crisp cobalt skies. Spring gushes neon green underfoot while the treetops sprout pastel oinks and reds from the end of every twig. Summer is a...

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Design Matters: Double-duty Dovetails

What's more important: Strength or Aesthetics? By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now One of the high points of the October 2010 Woodworking in America conference was the dueling dovetail session between Roy Underhill and Frank Klausz. The two squared off with saw and chisel in hand tackling the...

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Design Matters: ‘Good Eye’

Awaken your inner design sense with just a little practice. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-22 From the February 2010 issue #181 Buy this issue now Talk about design often leads back to the idea of developing a good eye. For a long time I wrestled with this; it seemed a bit like trying...