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 nowMy 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 NowFor 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 18-20I 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: 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...

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Design Matters: Color Value

Contrast can be used to tell a visual tale.By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21Every 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...