Blog Posts by George Walker

Pinch Sticks Plus

We nearly always use pinch sticks to record and transfer the distance between two points--in this case the span between the jambs of a door frame. It occurred…

By Hand and Eye Workshop

  Every woodworker I know wants to get better at design. Yet it’s hard to carve out time to devote to it. Perhaps it’s because most of us…

Good Bones

Scratch beneath the surface of any great design and there’s always something simple and profound. This fact is not lost on ages past. Even when fashions called for…

Gateway to the Gateway

Design is a step into the unknown. It’s much different (and safer) to stick with things like learning to cut precise dovetails or learning to sharpen a blade.…

Abracadabra – make your own water

It's not quite as magical as making your own water but it's pretty close. Our latest book "From Truth to Tools" explores how artisan geometry was the flame that…

Working to Plans… or not.

A wise woman once said, "Plans take all the fun out and make it seem like work". Eight years ago I stopped using plans. My idea was to…

Morning Sun, front and back

Morning sunlight streamed through the back kitchen door and something about the light gave me pause to look more carefully at the design of the door itself. An…

Da Vinci’s Teacher

This short video clip is a sample of what Jim Tolpin and I are putting together for our soon to be released on-line design workshop. This is one…

If Doors could Talk

I’ve been thinking a lot about doors for an upcoming “Design Matters” column for Popular Woodworking Magazine. A good door design satisfies our demands for function as well…

Leave Your Tape Measure at the Jail

At one time to my way of thinking, the idea of working without rulers would have been right up there with a plaid colored sky or steak flavored…