James Krenov on Handplanes
The legendary woodworker expounds on his signature planes
James Krenov is one of a handful of artisans who has influenced generations of other woodworkers with his teaching and his own woodworking. The founder of the fine woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods, in Ft. Bragg, Calif., Krenov taught students how to make wood handplanes for more than twenty years.
Now 87 years old with failing eyesight, Krenov still lives near the college and continues to make wood planes. In this exclusive video, he explains his approach to shaping the plane bodies and the desirable qualities one wants in a plane.
Interviewed by: David Heim, Sept. 8, 2007