Some thoughts on working with wood
Synopsis: “Wood, … very personal and elusive, is almost a way of living.” An excerpt from James Krenov’s A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook offers a pure glimpse of his thoughts on woodworking, his philosophies surrounding it, and how he came to do it. This piece is a collection of literary snapshots of his ideas on how hand tools are the only option for those who care for wood and who feel that finished pieces are unique and artistic expressions of labor, not just machined matched products.
It’s always a little difficult for me to begin talking about wood because it is usually a matter of looking at it in one of two ways. One way is a generality, as just a material that we make things of—and that for me, is too wide, shallow, and impersonal. But there are people for whom wood and working with wood is not simply a…