The Wood Butcher Papers: Episode 2
A reunion with long-time pen-pal James Krenov sets off another chapter in the Butcher's life story
In his second episode, hobby woodworker and writer Saul Isler, aka The Wood Butcher, travels to Fort Bragg, Calif., to meet up with his woodworking idol James Krenov. Nearly 25 years since his first face-to-face with Krenov, Isler’s second encounter ends with him receiving a few generous gifts: one of Krenov’s coveted handmade planes and a candlestick.
About This Series
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Saul Isler was working as an ad man and operated a patent drafting business near his home in Cleveland. He was also a hobby woodworker producing a series of columns for the Saturday edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer under the nom de plume, The Wood Butcher, a federally trademarked name that summed up his columns precisely.
His musings as a hobby woodworker, homeowner, and all around enthusiast, hit home for many woodworkers because the struggles and triumphs Isler encountered in his shop, and wrote about, are things we can all relate to. Nearly 30 years later, Isler has resurrected his columns for an audio series on FineWoodworking.com that we’re calling The Wood Butcher Papers.