Could you use a fresh set of eyes to help you with a design problem? Maybe that curved table apron looked ok on paper, but now looks heavy and slow to your eye? Perhaps the piece is finished and you just want to hear from other builders. Feedback from peers is meaningful on many levels. They can appreciate what you have accomplished and can often provide insight to make you a better furniture builder.

 This is an open invitation to submit your furniture project for a design critique. This is a unique opportunity to gather feedback from a wide spectrum of builders. Feel free to submit photos, or images of drawings with a short explanation. Projects can be at any stage of construction from rough concept to finished piece. Here are some helpful guidelines when submitting work:

     1.  Write up a short explanation of your thinking about the piece. You might want to include important information like the room setting the piece is being made for, problems or questions you are debating, or client requests you are wrestling with. Try to keep it brief, a paragraph or two should be fine.

    2. Include three or four photos or images of drawings.

    3. E-mail the submission to me at the e-mail address below and clearly state you would like to present your work on a design critique posting.

   4. If you like, I can disable the comments feature on your submission if you so choose (this is passing up on an opportunity for feedback but it’s your choice).

 I reserve the right to make the final decision about whether to post your work. It may be a few days before it’s posted. I’ll try to notify you a few days beforehand. 

George R. Walker

9 Responses to Critique

  1. cmalagrino says:

    Hi, George. I’m Claudio, from Brazil. Loved your blog, what a pick! My interest is on pewter design (jewellery, objects); I’m trying to learn a lot from old books (now I’m reading Frank G. Jackson’s “Lessons on Decorative Design”). Please check my 3d works:

    Regards and keep up your great work.

    Claudio Malagrino

    • walkerg says:


      Glad you enjoy the blog. You have quite a breadth of design endeavors. I too find it interesting that some of the same design principles apply to furniture, architecture, and jewelry. I have a passing interest in silverwork as I have an ancestor (John Coburn) who was a prominent silversmith in 18th century Boston. My curiosity about the family tie led me to take a closer look at period silverwork and jewelry. Keep up the fine work!

      George R. Walker

  2. A. Weeks says:

    Hi George

    I just read your article in Popular Woodworking magazine. At the end it mentioned you DVD regarding molding. This is exactly what I was looking for so I purchased it immediately.

    On the first page of the article you have a beautiful Newport table. I’m currently making a table and I was wondering what was used to finish that table. It’s the perfect color. I wasn’t sure if you happen to know or if it was just a photo that was used for the article?

    Thank you for your time,

    • walkerg says:

      The Newport table was built by Al Breed who runs a woodworking school up in Maine. If I recall he used a shelac finish and don’t think he used any colorant. My guess would be he used a amber dewaxed shelac.


  3. A. Weeks says:

    I’m back again. I’ve been watching your DVD regarding molding and you refer to your previous DVD. Are you talking about the unlocking the secrets DVD? Also in that DVD do you explain those small angle pieces you use all the time when making your drawings? I understand the proportions but not why they are at an angle and why one time you turn the angles one way then another time you have the angles facing a different way.
    I’ll have to watch the DVD a couple of times because there are so many points that I never even thought about.

    • walkerg says:


      You are correct, I am refering to the DVD Unlocking the secrets of traditional design. Not sure what you mean by angle pieces? I do show how to make up some small drawing aids to divide a space into five or six parts, is that what you are questioning?


      • A. Weeks says:

        I just order the Unlocking the Secrets. Yes, I’m talking about the drawing aids that are divided in parts. I’m sure when I watch the first video I’ll understand more about the drawing aids and some of the topics in the second video about molding, which is such an informative video.

  4. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some
    of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m
    definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

  5. Hey thanks! I recently designed something that I could use some helpful criticism on. Will try this out, thanks again!

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