By James Krenov
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Cabinetmaking on the optimum 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 complete staff how the appropriate attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can elevate the fun of this advanced job. Craftspeople in each medium might be encouraged by way of this account of having begun and constructing behavior that reduce the problems of a posh craft.
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You've either got the patience, or you haven't. Some of us have the self-discipline it takes, others don't. One chap wants results, period. Another is willing to sweat and wait as long as necessary to do what has to be done. Ours is one of the most time-consuming crafts of all, but for him it's no problem: things have to be done, and you have to do them if you are ever going to see the rewards. Now. And again, and again: the same things-more or less, depending on how personal your touch is, hpw much skill you have.
The other reason I don't have anyone working with me is vain and impractical, I know. But my feeling is that, for better or for worse, nobody else's hand, eye, or intuition will quite coincide with mine. Which does not mean mine are better: it's just that people are different. " My pieces are pieced together. All the little details, the way things add up, are unpredictable-or nearly so. It is a finger-tip adventure. Maybe someone else can do it better, I don't know. But this is me. When I put my initials on a piece (and I do so because people ask me to), that JK stands for me.
My lillIe mark, when I remember to put it there, is because I have done all the work. 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.
A Cabinetmaker's Notebook (Woodworker's Library) by James Krenov