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 e-book one of many maximum dwelling cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less finished employees how the perfect attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can raise the thrill of this complicated task. Craftspeople in each medium could be encouraged through this account of having began and constructing behavior that reduce the problems of a fancy craft.

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Especially if you get impatient. There's a lot involved-not just money, either-and you've got to be realistic about it all, and make the big choice before it is too late. You can do woodworking for a living, as just another job, probably in a production setup someplace. Then there are reproduction carving, and woodturning: these are valid and almost painless ways to make a living. oddball who wants to do your own thing, your way. Then you are looking for trouble! Consider: who appreciates quality nowadays?

The smell of fresh-cut wood, a slick, silvery yellow surface gleaming under the tireless plane, and a feeling of contentment. Nothing is wrong. Here am I, here is my work-and someone is waiting for the fruits of these fleeting hours. My contentment is bound by the whitewashed walls of my little cellar s~op, by the stacks of long-sought woods with their mild colors and elusive smells, by the planked ceiling through which I hear the quick footsteps of a child-and yet it is boundless, my joy. The cabinet is taking shape.

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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