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 booklet one of many maximum residing 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 raise the fun of this complicated task. Craftspeople in each medium might be encouraged via this account of having all started and constructing conduct that reduce the problems of a posh craft.
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Extra info for A Cabinetmaker's Notebook (Woodworker's Library)
I think, looking back at it now, this was the point at which I began to really enjoy the tactile aspect of wood. Surfaces began to appear and I discovered things. I remember the fellows around me who would come to look at the shavings out of curiosity, and they would look at the surfaces, stand around talking about them, and later on one or two of them made planes for themselves, I think. But they were really aware of the fact that here was something that was a bit extra. There are also practical advantages to these little tools, because this kind of plane is one that you can hold in many different ways in your hand.
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! " 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.
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. Well, I like also to carve with a knife, and I enjoy working with sharp chisels or a nicely shaped spokeshave, but planing is something special-like the music of the violin. When I think about a plane, I am thinking about the fine points. That is, how well it is made, how much work it will do for you, and how much enjoyment it will give. I know very well that a boatbuilder or a carpenter doing very large, rough wopk needn't be affected by this because the final sensitivity that I am talking about in planes is for the person who wants them and needs them and will appreciate them when doing smallish, sensitive things.