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5.0 out of 5 stars
Truly inspirational, 5 Oct. 2008
This is probably the most honest and well expressed book on the nature of craftsmanship from a personal perspective ever written. It is written almost entirely without ego and if you are willing to read between the lines it will change your life as a craftman. It's central message is don't fight the wood but work with it.
I have been a full time cabinetmaker for twelve years, four of which have been spent setting up and running my own shop. I was recommended this book by a very well known cabinetmaker and antique restorer as a must read.
If you are after a technical manual this is not the book for you but if you are looking for a book that will change your perspective as a craftsman and enhance your enjoyment of the art, this is it!
Some may not approve of the black and white images, however I cannot see James Krenov using black and white imagery if there wasn't a reason for doing so - It highlights form, grain direction and prevents distraction from the text and central message of the prose.
A must have for the experienced cabinetmaker - you will read and re-read it.