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By James Krenov

ISBN-10: 0941936597

ISBN-13: 9780941936590

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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 ebook one of many maximum residing cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less finished employees how definitely the right attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can elevate the fun of this advanced task. Craftspeople in each medium could be encouraged via this account of having all started and constructing conduct that decrease the problems of a fancy craft.

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Lowe it to them-I didn't use to think so, but now I realize that vanity aside, it is just a simple courtesy. So I inscribe my mark as small as I possibly can, some place underneath, where it is hard to find. Where it doesn't bother me-or anyone else. 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.

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. Not just a great piece once in a while, and then a long row of ordinary stuff dragging you down, but fine things all along.

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. It's a dance! All of you is working a little piece of bone-hard wood into some delicate shape that is a combination of usefulness and joy. With small knives that have handles to fit your hand as you cut towards you, you can work very, very accurately, making clean cuts, shaping the piece so it does not have to be roughsanded or filed, because working with sandpaper and files takes away from the pleasure of carving and also, I think, from some of the shapes themselves.

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