Article Index George R. Walker

Improvisation

Modifying a design means more than simply scaling. by George Walker pages 18-19 How do you modify a design without making a hash of it? It’s a common question that dogs even the experienced woodworker. Any good cook knows that simply doubling ingredients is asking for trouble. Somehow those flavors that...

Secrets from a Swan

Add graceful notes to your furniture with cyma curves. by George R. Walker pages 32-34 The first sign of spring in northern Ohio appears while the wintery landscape is still cased in snow. Ice-covered lakes give way to patches of open water and along with it the arrival of migrating trumpeter swans. My wife,...

Design Matters: Make the Most of Figured Maple

The right orientation adds shimmer and pop to your work. by George R. Walker pages 18-20 The barn loft was hot and dusty – and especially so after digging through piles of rough lumber for wide cherry boards at the bottom of the stack. We took a break outside for some fresh air and...

Design Matters: Rustication

Furniture design is a chip off the old block. by George R. Walker pages 20-22 An old proverb states that architecture is the mother of all arts. Of all the related decorative arts, furniture is most closely wedded to architecture, and all major furniture styles up through the early 20th century were inspired by...

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...

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...

Design Matters: Train Your Eye

Good, better or best? Small details and design decisions make a difference. By George R. Walker Pages 18-20 It’s every manufacturer’s dream to have “one size fit all.” Yet imagine a trip to the shoe store and upon arriving, you discover they offer only one size. We understand clearly that function is tied directly...

Design Matters: A Chairmaker’s Design Lessons

The Windsor form survives trial by fire. By George R. Walker Pages 16-18 The blaze started sometime after midnight. A weak spot in the chimney broke and glowing embers spilled out onto dry timbers. By the time the fire crew arrived and strung hoses from a nearby stream, it was all they could do...

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...