John Reed Fox: The Uncompromising Craftsmancomments (6) April 5th, 2012 in blogs
Japanese Lattice Learn how Fox creates his beautiful latticework.
John Reed Fox was working as a car mechanic in Boston when James Krenov's first book came out in 1976. Browsing in a bookstore on his lunch break one day, Fox came across a copy of A Cabinetmaker's Notebook and was electrified by what he saw and what he read. Within a few years, Fox was making furniture full-time, and in the decades since he has devoted himself to the craft with extraordinary constancy and passion. Blending the inspiration he got from Krenov with lessons he learned from the crafts in Japan, his mother's native country, he has created furniture in a distinctive style that values function above fashion and simplicity above flash.
Fox is widely admired for his designs, but just as respected for his craftsmanship. In the shop he built outside Boston he works with a blend of Japanese hand tools and Western machines. In this slide show he describes his designs, his career path, and the challenges that fuel his enduring love of the craft.
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