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Remembering James Krenov

On September 9, 2009 James Krenov left us. However, he left us with a lot as we pay tribute. It will take a lot to replace this woodworker because after all when one hears James Krenov name mentioned one immediately thinks of fine woodworking, wooden planes, and woodworking books. Woodworkers respect this special craftsman and teacher who was passionate about building a cabinet as well as his other wood projects.

Perhaps in the case of James and the void that is left due to his passing we need to think in terms of his influence on so many other woodworkers, cabinetmakers, and furniture makers. It could be that the total aggregate of those he influenced will be the measure of this man. If indeed this is the case then it could be said that James’ work still continues today. How fortunate we are that he lived during our lifetimes.

“It’s not that I had a message that was outstanding or unique or anything like that. I just expressed the feelings that a great number of people had … ‘Live the life that you want to live. Don’t be unhappy in your work.'” …James Krenov

For another woodworking video of this master craftsman visit James Krenov…Legendary Woodworker 1920-2009.


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James Krenov…Legendary Woodworker 1920-2009

James Krenov...Legendary Woodworker 1920-2009

James Krenov

James Krenov passed away September 9, 2009 as many of you know. However, all you have to do is to look at his furniture designs or read one of his books to be inspired by the energy of this legendary woodworker and author from Fort Bragg, California. James, founder and teacher of the College of the Redwoods and builder of wonderful, custom furniture with a unique style unto its own built wooden hand planes in his later years.  Even the thought of James Krenov in woodworking shop at his workbench he seems to resonate a certain passion about woodworking. His passion was indeed a personal excitement. It almost seems as if his enthusiasm for his wood craft has a life of its own and yet is quite infectious when this renowned cabinetmaker would speak. Perhaps this gives insight into the custom woodworking of this man and also to his writings of the woodcraft. When one talks of The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking it is quite understandable that James wrote the book.

James Krenov, woodworker, cabinetmaker, teacher and author, was born on October 31, 1920. He died on September 9, 2009, at the age of 88.


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