The March Guild meeting features well-known author, designer and furniture-maker George Walker. Guild members may be familiar with Mr. Walker from his monthly column “Design Matters” in Popular Woodworking Magazine, or his blog by the same name.
Mr. Walker travels and lectures frequently, and the Guild is fortunate to be able to feature him at our upcoming meeting on Thursday, March 13; the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Guild shop.
Whether you build small jewelry boxes or massive bookcases – understanding proportions is essential to a successful design. Going far back in antiquity, artisans used simple proportions in built objects from cathedrals to salt shakers. This proportional design language is timeless and can be applied to both contemporary and traditional work. Mr. Walker will give an introduction into this artisan design language and unfold it with examples from architecture, fine art, furniture and small decorative art pieces. This presentation is a doorway that will open your eye to a whole new (old) world of design.
Mr. Walker has been an enthusiastic woodworker for over thirty years and a writer for much of that time. His latest project is the book By Hand & Eye co-written with Jim Tolpin and published by Lost Art Press. By Hand & Eye is a primer on unlocking your ability to visualize using time honored classical methods to train the eye. Currently he is hosting a series of instructional DVD’s for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks covering furniture design basics. The first title released in April 2009, Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design covers basic proportional theory and application. His third DVD in the series focuses on executing design ideas at the workbench and is slated for release in late 2014. In addition he has written for American Period Furniture, Fine Woodworking, and Woodcraft Magazine.
Mr. Walker is also a weekend naturalist with a keen interest in botany, birding, and a bit of astronomy to round things out. He shares frequent hikes with his lovely wife Barb, who has a long list of furniture still waiting to be built.