George Walker

Wooden language. This simple yet elegant wooden bowl captivates both hand and eye. This piece, “Orange Bowl,” is by Jim Sannerud.

Look Beneath the Surface

Learn the hidden order that speaks a common craft language. by George R. Walker pages 18-20 Jim Sannerud is a gifted artisan who turns wooden bowls that are inspired by the rich tradition of Scandinavian woodcraft. Recently, I was admiring his work when the conversation shifted to clay potters who turn their work on...

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One-Stop Shop for Furniture Design

All woodworkers know that improving their bench skills and learning new workshop techniques are necessary parts of becoming a better woodworker. Just as important but often overlooked, however, is developing your design skills. I’m always eager to improve my knowledge of furniture design and further develop my eye. Whether your tastes lean toward ornate...

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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: 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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Graduated Drawers

Two sets of dividers are all you need to achieve well-proportioned drawers. By George Walker Pages: 60-63 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now For centuries artists honed their craft by copying the works of the masters. The goal was not to become a copyist; instead the intense focus of exploring...

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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...