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    James Krenov

    Just found out James Krenov passed on to that great woodshop in the sky. If you never read any of his books, you are missing a treat. He first introduced me to the concept of finding a special purpose in each piece of wood, just like Nakashima.

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    Krenov

    Very sorry to hear it. He was an inspiration and teacher to a great many people and will be sorely missed.

    Regards,

    John

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    He will be missed. He was an inspirational woodworker.

    Mike
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    R.I.P.

    This probably needs to be a sticky, with Sam Maloof.

    Doc
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    Ditto on Greg's reply

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    "The Fine Art of Cabinet Making" is one of my favorite books on woodworking. He had a way with the written word, to look inside the heart and soul of the craft, as well as the mechanics. I bet it was great to take classes from him.

    Dan
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    rest in peace

    Wow, two of the best gone for ever. Maloof and Krenov.
    Jim will live on in his work and inspiration, his name will be synonymous with fine craftsmanship forever.
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    I have not only agreed with this ideals with woodworking but I strive to one day develop them to his standards. It is a great loss to the woodworking community. While I never got a chance to meet him in person, I wish i had. This is truly sad news.

    *tips his glass* You will be missed but your legacy will live on forever James.
    "The element of competition has never worried me, because from the start, I suppose I realized wood contains so much inspiration and beauty and rhythm that if used properly it would result in an individual and unique object." - James Krenov


    What you do speaks so loud, I cannot hear what you say. -R. W. Emerson

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    Krenov was an interesting guy. I love his work.

    He seems like quite an eccentric. He's very candid in this interview. He says many surprising things like "Iíve never made furniture professionally".

    http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/or...s/krenov04.htm

    The interview is fascinating. I expected him to be a sweet old guy. I was surprised . He seems a bit cynical.

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    I am speechless, RIP James Krenov

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    I have all his books and they're due for a reread. His work and attitude were an inspiration to many over the years. I'll probably never make anything as elegant as his work but I can still dream. Thanks Mr. Krenov!
    The problem with education in the School of Hard Knocks is that by the time you're educated, you're too old to do anything.

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    It's always sad to loose one of "the great ones". JK was not my "favorite" woodworker but I always admired his commitment to his ideals and his refusal to "cut corners" or to "sell out". In this he was a lot like Sam. He certainly was an inspiration to many aspiring craftsmen.
    David DeCristoforo

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    Unhappy In memoriam

    I'm probably never going to build a "Krenov cabinet", but his work and books really have inspired me to work with wood. His belief that we should all aspire to have less furniture but to have truly inspiring exciting furniture can only benefit woodworkers and their patrons everywhere.

    His books have made me think about my environment and make me want to surround myself with work by others and myself that provides sustenance in it's very presence every day.

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    Not surprised by the news, but still saddened.

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    His work was entirely legitimate but wasn't exactly my style, nor have I ever been moved to make a Krenov-style plane; I certainly acknowledge his dedication, though, and greatly admire his respect and thoughtfulness for the material, which Mike notes in his original post.

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