Krenov books on Cabinetmaking

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Blog entry by SST posted 07-26-2010 06:12 PM 1448 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone who knows the name “Krenov”, knows that his books on cabinetmaking are not only valuable for woodworking as an activity, but valuable as an insight not only into his world, but also a study in a relationship with wood & the process of creating.

As many of you know, he passed away last September at age 88. It was a sad event for those who know of him. I had a phone conversation with him (as it turned out) not long before he died. It was one of those things you always remember. (see my earlier blog describing it, if you’re interested)

I read his 3 main books that were published in the late 70’s awhile back and they had been packed away, but the conversation with him led me to search them out to re-read, & to my dismay, could only find one. I bought a copy of the others, and, wouldn’t you know it, when I was cleaning out my basement last week, I located the original books.

As a result, I have an extra copy of “The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking”, hardbound, publish date 1977, and a soft bound (all I could find) copy of “The Impractical Cabinetmaker”, re-published in 1999 (the ones I recently bought) available if anyone’s interested. I paid $18 for the hardbound and $8 for the soft, plus some shipping.
I don’t really want to screw around on Ebay, so if anyone’s interested you can PM me. I checked Amazon & the soft cover is now more, and the hardbound is not available at all.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 08:05 PM

I remember your earlier post describing the phone call…as I remember it you got his wife first…who then handed over to James…as opposed to calling a company number and getting a million voice mail decisions—-you got right to the man…

I would be interested…I posted a “books” list about 6 months ago and several people listed James Krenov…and his home/school is not too far from me…wish I had gotten into woodworking earlier…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 03:17 AM

Sam Maloof, James Krenov, who else have names in the fields of woodworking. I think their styles remains in our work but we just don’t know that it is theirs. The modern time deletes many great men but their works, books and followers will always be there in memories. I think this is also the reason why we have “in memoriam” files.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 03:44 AM

Someday I’d like to build a rocker that approaches the Maloof style & beauty.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Bob Kollman

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 07:23 AM

You should keep the extras just in case you decide to pack them away in a safe place again.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 06:33 PM

Why is it that whenever we put stuff away in a safe place, we can’t find that place again? It’s not supposed to be safe from us.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 07:10 AM

My wife asked me to put some chocolate ‘in a safe place’...for the life of me I cannot remember where that safe place is. LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 07-30-2010 06:05 PM

For me, putting chocolate in a safe place involves digesting it.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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