Subscribe now and save up to 56%
Issue 207, now on the newsstand, contains Jon Binzen's excellent tribute to Sam Maloof.
A series of coincidences is like a row of dominoes. The first one was that we had a number of Krenov-inspired articles in the works. The main one, a display cabinet project, built by Jim Budlong, a longtime instructor at College of the Redwoods, was pulled from the last issue of FWW (207) to make room for a last-minute tribute to Sam Maloof. That was the second domino.
That pushed the display cabinet into the current issue, which went to press Tuesday but hasn’t yet hit newsstands. And the current issue already had an article about the sawhorses that Krenov taught students to make. So we decided a few weeks ago to play up the coincidence, and play the two articles, plus a Master Class department that focuses on the cabinet’s Krenovian details, as a special package in this issue, called, “Build the Krenov Way.”
Then, just as we were going to press, we learned that Krenov was very ill. Not knowing for sure what would happen, all we could do was put an editor’s note in the cabinet article. Today, two days after the issue went out the door, we found out he had passed. Very strange timing, made even more strange by the fact that the articles actually form a fitting tribute to the brilliance of the man, both in design and construction, and his far-reaching influence.
Stranger still, we had given the display cabinet article more space than we usually would have for a project, in order to convey Krenov’s unique way of seeing and building. And the elegantly simple sawhorses show how the man’s genius extended beyond furniture. And both articles were written by former students of Krenov, who are no doubt his greatest legacy. In the end, I’m glad our readers will have a chance to appreciate James Krenov, just as they are finding out about his passing. I’m cynical by nature, but it is weird the way it all happened.
That pushed an article by Jim Budlong, about a Krenov-inspired display cabinet, into the current issue.
And that same issue already had an article about the sawhorses students learn to build and use at the College of the Redwoods.
Add to that a Master Class department on Krenovian details, and you have an unintentional, yet very fitting, tribute to James Krenov.
By strange coincidence, the latest issue (FWW #208) has a special focus on Krenov. It went to press just before he passed away, though it won't hit newsstands until October.
Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox
Become a member today
Get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content.
Subscribe to Fine Woodworking
Save up to 56%
There are few people in the world who can inspire so many to such heights. Jim was a man of subtle generosity, intelligence, humor, and a fiery temper that rarely surfaced.
A great friend, a great teacher, and a great deal more.
Coincidence is just God's way of remaining anonymous. Anyway, I first saw Krenov in an article in Home Furniture. Boy, was this woodworking novice impressed with his works. Before I knew who Krenov was, I thought fine furniture and cabinetry had to be a pretzel or frilly, not subtle and delicate. Since then, my philosophic approach to my work (trim carpenter) and my passion (furniture building) has changed for the better.
Life has a nasty habit of ending, usually well before we'd like it to do so. Worse, there are no exemptions for those, like Krenov and Maloof, whom we'd like to have around forever. But, they live on in the on-going inspiration they provide. Rest in peace, Mr. Krenov, and Mr. Maloof, as well.
Vale, Maestro Krenov. I was never lucky enough to meet you, but like most of my fellow woodsmiths I didn't need to to be inspired and exhilarated by your masterful works, and your delightful, quirky philosophy. Thank you for the lessons learned, and the passion ignited. Oh, and say G'day to Sam up there.
Tom’s cabinet blunder and other smooth moves. Plus we roll out some new segments: stats and surprise questions. Will they make the cut?
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
Become a member today and get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content!
Plus tips, advice, and special offers from Fine Woodworking.
Our biweekly podcast allows editors, authors, and special guests to answer your woodworking questions and connect with the online woodworking community.
Enter now for your chance to win a Lee Valley block plane valued at $160.
© 2016 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Become a member and get instant access to thousands of videos, how-tos, tool reviews, and design features.