By James Krenov
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Cabinetmaking on the maximum point is an artwork, a self-discipline, a philosophy--even a fashion of life--in addition to being an invaluable craft. during this publication one of many maximum residing cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less finished staff how the appropriate attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can raise the fun of this advanced task. Craftspeople in each medium may be encouraged by means of this account of having begun and constructing conduct that decrease the problems of a posh craft.
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Old to'~l~, old houses, old anything-we are looking for something lost. There are things to be found, there is knowledge to be gained. The question is: how do you use that knowledge to go ahead, not just back? My friend Captain Coffin told me about clipper ships and working sails. Thrilled, I wanted to sail. 30 But I had to learn about nylon sails and flexible rigs before I could race a star boat. To the antique tools again. The very parts of those planes which were most important to their cutting propertiesthe opening for the iron, the shape and finish of the breakerthese parts were simply not designed to do the sensitive work we are talking about.
47 Jewelry box of Andaman padouk, fragrant as spices from the Indies. The sliding ring-holder was by request. Joints in this brittle, unyielding wood take extra time and patience. Hinges and other fillings of silver. , height 11 em. Oil-polished outside, untreated inside. I found the padouk in 1962andmadetheboxin 1969-outofthe last precious pieces. 49 Left and below: Cabinet in ash with brownish heartwood at the deepest part of the concave doorcurve. The irregular shape "changes" when one walks past the piece on the wall.
WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN YOU FIRST SET UP YOUR OWN shop? Most of us begin with just a few very simple machines that we have to make do with, and we go through the stage of becoming a cabinetmaker; a stage that may last for years, when we have to be inventive and make various simple tools. During that time we have to try to think all the while, "This is the kind of work that I'm going to stay with, and I don't want to fight it. I don't want it to be something that is always a struggle. " There are aspects of it, of course-the dust and the dirt and the noise and the sweat-that are dubious enjoyment, but still, in the midst of it all, you want this thing that you feel is right and feels right.
A Cabinetmaker's Notebook (Woodworker's Library) by James Krenov