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

By James Krenov

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Cabinetmaking on the maximum point is an paintings, a self-discipline, a philosophy--even a manner of life--in addition to being an invaluable craft. during this booklet one of many maximum dwelling cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less comprehensive staff how the correct attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can elevate the fun of this advanced job. Craftspeople in each medium should be encouraged via this account of having began and constructing conduct that reduce the problems of a posh craft.

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I',m talking about this because not having the right knife often keeps us from making simple discoveries and doing what we really want. Like using beautiful but very hard wood for small fine details: handles, consoles for shelves, little latches, and various other personal touches. But with a good knife 38 these impulses become real and enjoyable. You are carving with a razor-sharp knife, keeping all your cuts under perfect control. This kind of work is among the most gratifying I know because there is somehow a closeness, the sense of being one with your strong fingers and your eye: your imagination, everything is there.

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! " I said "About twelve years," and he said, "Wow! " It was a lot of work we were looking at. Time and effort, day in and day out: that's what this kind of cabinetmaking is about.

So I try to restore their confidence and calm them and slow them down. 1g, the things that they do will, if they are done right, appeal to the right person. And that is very, very important and should be encouraging. At least it should be reassuring, although sometimes one wonders; even as we reassure, we are at that very moment ourselves right in the middle of tension and contradiction because it is so difficult to establish any tangible evidence of the fact that this message is valid. Perhaps I and people like myself are doomed to fail in that respect because we are, in a way, contradicting a proven truth.

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