I recently bought several (OK, maybe more than several) woodworking DVD’s. Last night I viewed “Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design with George Walker”. It was a DVD that I had wanted to buy for sometime now.
I don’t know about you, but my method of designing something involves a lot of trial and error. I sketch out some vague idea and then spend a considerable amount of time erasing and sketching over and over until the proportions or form of the piece looks right to me. I don’t really have any clue as to what proportion the table top should be to the apron as an example, except by trying all the different options. If this sounds a lot like how you design furniture, then you need to get this DVD.
Who knew that there were actual ratios and orders that would allow me to abandon my helter skelter approach. George Walker shows you how to approach furniture design in a systematic way.
Check out these links to other woodworker’s (more accomplished without a doubt) reviews of this DVD.
My experience with most instructional DVD’s is there is very little meat in them to warrant repeated viewings. Not this DVD. It will take many viewing to actually grasp all the information that resides in it.
George Walker is coming to the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in late August to teach a week long class concerning these concepts. I should just have my pay check direct deposited to the school. I just don’t think I can pass up the opportunity.
George also has a new DVD out called “Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design: Moldings”. That is the DVD playing tonight at my house.