Blog Posts by George Walker

Wonder

  It’s natural to gaze with wonder at a blazing sunset or a beautiful painting. A brilliant idea on the other hand is altogether different. It can slap…

Learning To See

If you read the book By Hand and Eye, it gives your spouse the right to bust your chops. You’re the guy or gal who read all about…

The Seven Secrets of Cottage

A book only needs two things to get written. It begins with questions. Maybe it’s just one big question like “How did our ancestors solve all those design…

Step away from the tape measure

Proportions do all the real work, numbers on a tape measure are secondary. Inches or centimeters tell us nothing about why a design works. No more than if…

New Design Video Available

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new design video, “By Hand and Eye by Design - Designing a Worktable”. This video is a walk through of…

New design video coming soon!

Jim and I are putting the final touches on a design video titled " By Hand and Eye by Design.  It's an over the shoulder look at the…

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.…