A Cabinetmaker's Notebook (Woodworker's Library) by James Krenov

By James Krenov

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Cabinetmaking on the maximum point is an artwork, a self-discipline, a philosophy--even a manner of life--in addition to being an invaluable craft. during this e-book one of many maximum dwelling cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less comprehensive employees how the fitting attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can elevate the fun of this advanced job. Craftspeople in each medium might be encouraged through this account of having all started and constructing behavior that decrease the problems of a fancy craft.

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It was about excavations that had turned up the tools with which the Oseberg Viking ship was made hundreds of years ago. Then, too, our teacher used to tell us about the old-timers and how they made their own tools, planes among them, and I began to think of the plane as being the cabinetmaker's violin; the instrument that sets the tone of the music in an orchestra. For me, now, it is the tool, in the sense that I enjoy planing the wood with a true plane more perhaps than any other aspect of working.

The pin-type brass hinges are specially made for me. , maximum depth 19 em. Untreated. 1971. Opposite: Showcase in doussie. There are glass shelves behind the three horizontal door-strips. , depth 14 em. Oiled. /' / 50 ONE DAY AT SCHOOL WE WERE VIEWING SOME slides of work by an applicant for a teacher's position. It was good work. Professional, exact, up-to-date in tone. A bit sophisticated, perhaps, but well done. We were going through all these slides when one of the students exclaimed: "Man, that's a lot of work!

What do you get? Pottage. Pea soup. It's a losing battle. And so exhausting. Stay out of it. It took me a long time to realize this, and accept my unoriginal self. iginality-that of the quiet object in unquiet times. It is rather ironic. We seem to have come the full turn, really. p-tight that relaxation is something new, especially with reg~rd to things. So a piece in low key, where the wood has its message and there is an idea and inspiration, where someone has worked honestly and well but with humility too-this is original.

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