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UPDATE: Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design

comments (50) May 18th, 2009 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design with George Walker.
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc, 2009.
$25.00  68 minutes

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Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design is a DVD broken into 4 sections: Introduction, Training the Eye, Proportions, and Practical Use of Traditional Design. The DVD demonstrates how to use classical architectural proportions when designing contemporary or period furniture. George Walker has been woodworking for more than 25 years and during this time has discovered how early American cabinetmakers created their stunning designs and he shares this knowledge with the viewer.

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Comments (50)

stanton stanton writes: Good deal, it is always good to be able to learn from the past and use that knowledge so as not to reinvent the wheel. I look forward to being able to use the subject matter to further woodworking.
Posted: 4:56 pm on May 19th

DaveRichards DaveRichards writes: Interesting
Posted: 12:48 pm on May 19th

Smith5963 Smith5963 writes: I'm in.
Posted: 12:21 am on May 19th

picaraza picaraza writes: Me too!
Posted: 4:26 pm on May 17th

Sanjeev Sanjeev writes: Woodworking is easy, designing with the right proportions much more difficult!
Posted: 8:13 pm on May 16th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: I would think this DVD would improve anyone's woodworking skillset - just as all the videos here at the FWW website do.

One of the main reasons I signed up for full FWW site access is the videos - plus access to all the past great articles.

While that is a 'library in itself' - additional DVDs are always welcome!
Posted: 2:08 am on May 16th

GCAlexander GCAlexander writes: A great addition to a small library seeking books for company...
Posted: 10:02 pm on May 14th

regisand regisand writes: This one would be a nice addition to my library.
Posted: 5:18 pm on May 14th

Sneezeldorf Sneezeldorf writes: This looks interesting
Posted: 4:15 am on May 14th

dtobey dtobey writes: I have gone through many afternoons sitting in Half Price Books reading about different solutions to problems. This book would really help. Thanks for helping all of us become better woodworkers.
Posted: 4:39 pm on May 13th

Obeeswax Obeeswax writes: I must be missing something...The numerous comments on the book and what I see is a must have DVD. Any day of learning is a great day!
Posted: 12:57 pm on May 13th

otisdog otisdog writes: Sounds like a deal.
Posted: 11:19 am on May 13th

stevegs stevegs writes: This DVD looks like it would be a really good asset in helping me to develop a greater understanding of proportions and applying this knowledge to future projects. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 11:12 am on May 13th

swantown_joe swantown_joe writes: Walker surely will enhance my ever growing desire to improve my desiging attempts. Giveaways can be inspirational and I suspect this one will fill that role.
Kindly place me on the list.
Posted: 9:26 am on May 13th

dancam dancam writes: I'd love to get a copy of this DVD. If it comes from Lie-Nielsen I know it's a quality product.
Thanks, Dan C.
Posted: 9:24 am on May 13th

BayJoiner BayJoiner writes:
I'm retired from a career in Information Technology where I always logic to my work. Now I wish to develop my artistic side with designs in wood; but where does on learn how to do that? Can it be taught or must I have the DNA for it? Perhaps this DVD is a first step?
Posted: 7:58 am on May 13th

jvhovey jvhovey writes: JYA, the journeyman requires the apprentice to copy what the journeyman does over and over again because it teaches the apprentice patience - a virtue usually lacking among apprentices - and because it is the best way to pass the journeyman's wisdom on to the next generation. As for the apprentice, he soon learns that he can have no better place to learn craft than at the side of a master. And indeed, for the apprentice, the first step toward originality is to copy the work of a master- and to hear the master say: No! No! You must do it this way, my way! For it is only if we understand the wisdom of the master that we can come to have a little wisdom of our own; indeed, if we are to become masters at all, it can be only because we possess so intimate a knowledge of that wisdom as to be able to re-create the work that sprang from it. In this way also do we find it possible to hear the conversation of the masters who went before us - I mean the "conversation" that we hear in their works. I am at age 64 a mere apprentice. God grant me time to become a journeyman.
Posted: 7:39 am on May 13th

JYA JYA writes: It would be nice to be able to build something of one's own design, as opposed from someone else's plans all the time.
Posted: 2:54 pm on May 12th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: count me in I would love to have a DVD on design!
Posted: 10:00 am on May 12th

MrHudon MrHudon writes: Would Love a copy..Thanks
Posted: 8:35 am on May 12th

bostonarc bostonarc writes: This sounds like a great book so count me in.
Posted: 8:25 am on May 12th

ember ember writes: Looks like a great topic.
Posted: 2:19 am on May 12th

ocean8535 ocean8535 writes: I need the super secret design edge.
Posted: 8:14 pm on May 11th

bko bko writes: Looks like a great book, revealing the "secrets" of good design.
Posted: 6:01 pm on May 11th

KevinWilliams KevinWilliams writes: definitely interested! add me too!
Posted: 1:33 pm on May 11th

bo5ephus bo5ephus writes: This would be cool
Posted: 10:37 am on May 11th

WayniacKT WayniacKT writes: I'll take it! :)
Posted: 9:25 am on May 11th

tazzer tazzer writes: This DVD would be a big help to me.
Posted: 8:10 am on May 11th

discusion discusion writes: Please put me in. It is a great idea this contest! I'll love to add this material to my Tauton section.
Posted: 1:46 am on May 11th

2clicksoff 2clicksoff writes: This book would be a great asset to ones woodworking library.
Looks like an excellent source of knowledge.
Include me in your drawing.
Posted: 12:13 am on May 11th

Smith5963 Smith5963 writes: count me in
Posted: 12:09 am on May 11th

Tyblack Tyblack writes: this looks like a great movie.
Posted: 10:21 pm on May 10th

teryg teryg writes: All hail classic design! I hope that Phi and Mr. Fibonacci are explained and utilized. Put me in for this, please.
Posted: 9:06 pm on May 10th

hskrfn hskrfn writes: pick me! pick me!
Posted: 8:14 pm on May 10th

KevinTaylor KevinTaylor writes: Oh, pick me.
Posted: 8:12 pm on May 10th

CADDted CADDted writes: count me in!
Posted: 7:35 pm on May 10th

JoeDen JoeDen writes: sounds interesting, design is one (of many) areas where I could use some help. Sign me up!
Posted: 7:22 pm on May 10th

frank T frank T writes: Unlock my chance to win!
Posted: 6:53 pm on May 10th

Rob62762 Rob62762 writes: I'm in.
Posted: 6:02 pm on May 10th

DougBob DougBob writes: I can never know too much about design, please toss my name in the hat.

Posted: 5:51 pm on May 10th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: Lie Nielsen videos rock, I want this one!
Posted: 5:36 pm on May 10th

akmarty akmarty writes: I will take shot at it. I am always looking to expand my library.
Posted: 5:29 pm on May 10th

jbowers500 jbowers500 writes: Oh yes me too
Posted: 5:27 pm on May 10th

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: sign me up...
Posted: 5:15 pm on May 10th

BSzydlo BSzydlo writes: I just saw this dvd on the LN websites and it looks very interesting. Please enter me in the drawing.
Posted: 1:56 pm on May 10th

USNERDOC USNERDOC writes: Count me in!

Give the importance of understanding design and developing an "eye" for design, this sounds like it will be a very useful instructional aid.
Posted: 1:43 pm on May 10th

JasonT JasonT writes: I have recommended this contest with a Thumbs Up! Having struggled with some original "clunky" pieces I could use the help!
Posted: 1:26 pm on May 10th

MikeLingenfelter MikeLingenfelter writes: I've been looking at getting this DVD, count me in.

Posted: 1:02 pm on May 10th

baudi baudi writes: Count me in!
Posted: 12:09 pm on May 10th

benito benito writes: wow, am I the first? maybe you should just give it to me...
Posted: 11:44 am on May 10th

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