- Hardcover: 125 pages
- Publisher: Cambium Pr (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892836076
- ISBN-13: 978-1892836076
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,209,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Wakened Hands: Furniture by Jame Krenov and Students Hardcover – October 1, 2000
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Most woodworking books show one how to make things. Krenov's, on the other hand, suggests why someone should make them. This title, featuring work by both Krenov and his students at the College of the Redwoods, illustrates his philosophy of design and craft without being bogged down by the pretentiousness that such books frequently exhibit. His work, and that of his students, exhibits an aesthetic beauty that is rarely seen (the vivid color photographs are superb and do justice to their fine work). Krenov inhabits the highest level of the woodcraft pantheon now in his 80s he continues to teach and create incredible work. Comprehensive public and academic libraries should consider this title.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In truth, if you have not yet picked up any of the James Krenov books to read, this might very well be the best one to start off with! It is lighter on discussion than the other books, and heavier on pictures, with the main focus being to share with you some of the works completed by him and his students at the College of the Redwoods. His goal is, "... to bring this refined work to the attention of the public." He wants to connect with the kind of woodworker who strives for a greater degree of success, and inspire them to do just that.
The book is broken down into five sections: Workmanship, Teaching, Wood, Creativity, and Fingerprints. The first section is a discussion about the quest for quality. In covering this topic, Mr. Krenov gives us a pretty good synopsis of his life to-date and explains his current role in the school. With references to not buying freshly cut wood anymore or not working in the shop with the students as much as he used to, it is quite evident he is aware of, and has come to terms with, his mortality.
The second section begins with greater detail about the College of the Redwoods, going into the reasons why he started there, though he was propositioned by several private schools, and giving us a rundown of how the program works. If you focus on any text in this book, please make it the second part of Section Two, where he discusses how to get the most joy and satisfaction out of woodworking.
In the section on Wood, Mr. Krenov highlights the absolute importance of not only picking the right wood for your project, but in understanding that wood and its properties in order to make an intimate connection between you and the project. But what should you really take from this section?
"Get wood. Get all you can, and then get some more."
One thing Mr. Krenov hopes all students of the College of the Redwoods leaves with is the ability to follow the creative process, from beginning to end, with their work. This is covered in the fourth section, Creativity. Learning how to take an idea from sketch to mock-up to finished piece, dealing with mistakes along the way, is an important part of your work.
Finally, in the last part of the book, he offers his insight on leaving fingerprints in your work, doing things to make it your own. This includes everything from wood selection to design, surface texture to joinery, hardware to finish.
After everything I've said thus far, I have to be honest with you. I'm not sure I can write a review or summary of this book that is better than the one-line inscription to the previous owner in blue sharpie on the first page of the copy I own:
"To my woodworker, May you continue to learn from life and be fascinated."
Yeah, that about sums it up.