Design Matters

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Design Matters: Double-duty Dovetails

What's more important: Strength or Aesthetics?By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowOne 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...

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Design Matters: Making Sense of Forms

Train your eye to see the layers in a great design. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now Early 20th-century filmmakers used timelapse photography to dazzle audiences with never-before-seen images of flowers emerging and bursting into bloom. Critics with Victorian sensibilities objected that something so...

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Design Matters: Mouldings Emphasize A Form

Multiple surfaces show play of light and shadow. By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now Time was when I thought mouldings were handy for covering up mistakes at the workbench. I used a mallet and clamps to force ill-fitting joints together – then held my...

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Design Matters: Great Legs

Play with proportion to achieve pleasing design. By George R. Walker Pages: 26-27From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue nowThe black stallion’s name was Step. Marvin, the only man I ever saw ride him, called him simply “the horse,” his raspy Southern voice pausing for emphasis. I was 5 years old the...

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Design Matters: Add Spice to Your Work

A dash of ornament highlights a form. By George R. Walker Pages: 22-23From the November 2010 issue # 186 Buy this issue nowThanksgiving at our house means shoehorning 14 guests into a dining room meant for eight, football on the television and the aroma of Barb’s sage dressing filling the house. Every year she makes...

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Design Matters: Brooke Smith

A visit to the shop of a designer & craftsman By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue nowCreativity is a slippery thing. A lucky few are born with a creative streak that seems to flower without effort. Others (most of us) have to work at it to...