Blog Posts by George Walker

UFO’s and Duct Tape

My Mother-in-law loved to watch TV shows about aliens and UFOs. She also thought you could fix anything with duct tape, even a leaky water line. It always…

Crooked Lines and Complex Curves

Would it surprise you to learn that an ordinary try square can take you to places far beyond simple rectangular boxes? In fact, learning how to unlock the…

Mystery uncovered

This is a bit more detail from an Instagram post I published about dividers. In some trades, especially carpentry work, dividers were sized to provide a quick job…

A look through Euclid’s Door

Our book Euclid's Door went off to the printer this week. It's a step by step guide to building a set of layout and design tools that were…

A silk purse from a Sow’s ear

Over at the Lost Art Press Blog, Chris Schwarz made a series of short videos about the pros and cons of the workbenches in his shop. It's a…

Building a Gypsy Wagon

What follows is Jim Tolpin's introduction from the PDF on building Gypsy wagons or Caravans. You can purchase the entire document from our shop page. Why I Create…

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…