George Walker
Designer and Furniture Maker




George Walker

George has been a woodworker for over thirty years and a writer for nearly that long. Currently he is writing and hosting a series of instructional DVD’s for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks covering furniture design basics. The first title was released in April 2009. Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design covers basic proportional theory and application.  He also write a column for Popular Woodworking Magazine titled "Design Matters." He does some speaking and teaching about furniture design. This past year he was a speaker at the WIA (Woodworking in America) design conference in Cincinnati Ohio. In addition he has written for American Period Furniture, Fine Woodworking, and Woodcraft Magazine.

"On a personal note I started my working career over 35 years ago as a journeyman machinist. A far cry from my woodworking design world which swaps out  micrometers for a set of dividers. I’m also a weekend naturalist with a keen interest in botany, birding, and a bit of astronomy to round things out. I’m happily married to the love of my life Barb, who has a long list of furniture still waiting to be built.

"I mix hand tools and machines in my own shop with machines reserved for the heavy lifting. I especially like to work with curly maple and am always on the lookout for nicely figured lumber."

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