- Hardcover: 127 pages
- Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company; 1st edition (July 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0442263368
- ISBN-13: 978-0442263362
- Package Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James Krenov, Worker in Wood Hardcover – July, 1981
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For many woodworkers and others he has triggered a change in how we work and why we work, Mr. Krenov was instrumental, along with others in promoting a new way of making furniture with the craftsmanship of the person who creates rather than follows a pattern/plan.
This is not a detailed "how too." Really none of his books are. There are many better "plan books" and tool books out there. He is however, a must see, must read? At least for me? I have been on a journey. I asked to gopher for some old timers to learn what they "know", but no takers? Perhaps because like another reviewer I am what might be considered "too old." Oh yeah, I can't afford to go to a woodworking school?
Mr. Krenov died in 2009, but continues to be my mentor. I study this and other Krenov essays, and find new inspiration each time I look. Also to help me in the process. Mr. Krenov did not want to be called a master. He made mistakes. he worried if others would like what he made.
When I showed my wife his cabinets when I was first reading the "impractical cabinetmaker" she said "something like "they are not very functional." I was filled with inspiration when I asked her because I wondered what she saw? If you like art, craftsmanship, and inspiration, then like me ya gotta have it. LOL