Design Matters

Design Matters: Curve Appeal

Getting off the straight path can be liberating. By George R. Walker Pages: 22-23 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy this issue now I can see it with my eyes shut: a curving stretch of highway snaking past Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park. Each twist in the road opens up a...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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 –...

Design Matters: Great Legs

Play with proportion to achieve pleasing design. By George R. Walker Pages: 26-27 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now The 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...

Design Matters: Add Spice to Your Work

A dash of ornament highlights a form. By George R. Walker Pages: 22-23 From the November 2010 issue # 186 Buy this issue now Thanksgiving 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...

Design Matters: Brooke Smith

A visit to the shop of a designer & craftsman By George R. Walker Pages: 20-21 From the October 2010 issue # 185 Buy this issue now Creativity 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...