Cabinetmaker's Notebook

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by: James Krenov

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From Book News, Inc. A master craftsman talks compellingly about why and how he works and the thoughts and feelings that intertwine in his creations with wood. Many illustrations. Not a "weekend projects" manual. No bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Book Description Cabinetmaking at the highest level is an art, a discipline, a philosophy-even a way of life-in addition to being a useful craft. In this book one of the greatest living cabinetmakers reflects on the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for less accomplished workers how the right attitudes toward materials, tools, and time can increase the joys of this complex activity. Craftspeople in every medium will be inspired by this account of getting started and developing habits that lessen the difficulties of a complex craft. About the Author James Krenov is the author of The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking, The Impractical Cabinetmaker, and Worker in Wood. He directs the Cabinetmaking Program at the College of the Redwoods, one of the premier woodworking programs in the United States.


The most influential modern book on cabinetmaking: The most influential modern book on cabinetmaking, July 9, 1998 Reviewer: A reader First published in 1975, The Cabinetmaker's Notebook is a modern classic for those who wish to pursue cabinetmaking as a mode of sensitive self-expression. That may seem like a mouthful, but you either build cabinets because you need to store things, or for some less practical reason. As Red Green says "If your wife doesn't find you handsome, she should at least find you handy". That is one reason beyond the practical, A kind of I want to impress people stage. But when you get beyond that; the house is full of furniture, and your wife actually wishes you would come in from the shop once in a while, what keeps you out there? If it is a desire to do your best work, with the best tools and wood you can find then this book may be for you. Why do I call it the most influential book of its kind? Well partly because it influenced me, but it also struck a cord when it first came out in the seventies and the woodworking revival was underway. It is pretty much as valid today as then. Krenov, who grew up in the U.S., wrote these books while living in Sweden. They proved so popular that a school was created stateside at which he still teaches. Krenov's insights are of some use to people who pursue other crafts. The most likely volumes to share shelf space with this and other Krenov books are; George Nakashima The Soul of a Tree (worth it for the pictures alone) and Sam Maloof Woodworker (ditto)

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