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The Impractical Cabinetmaker: Krenov on Composing, Making, and Detailing Paperback – February 1, 1999
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About the Author
James Krenov studied furniture making and design with Carl Malmsten in Stockholm, Sweden, and later opened his own workshops there. In 1980 he returned to the United States to start and lead the fine-woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods, in Fort Bragg, California. His other books include A Cabinetmaker's Notebook, The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking, and James Krenov Worker in Wood.
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This is not a book about joinery or design, much less a how-to with projects and pointers on shop techniques. It is the ruminations of a crank with a vision. His one page chapter on 'Those People', aka customers, is alone worth the cost. Ditto for his observations on what happened to mid-century Modern (though he wrote before IKEA finished that job).
If all you want to do is cut out parts and fasten them together, why not get an erector set?...not so much sawdust. I agree with the reviewer who suggests that it should be required reading for every consumer as well.
What Krenov writes about influenced how I build furniture and do home interiors. Before and after I studied at the school there is a huge difference in the quality of my work and design.