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Cabinetmaking on the maximum point is an paintings, a self-discipline, a philosophy--even a fashion of life--in addition to being an invaluable craft. during this e-book one of many maximum dwelling cabinetmakers displays at the deeper meanings of his craft and explains for much less comprehensive employees how the precise attitudes towards fabrics, instruments, and time can raise the fun of this advanced job. Craftspeople in each medium can be encouraged by means of this account of having all started and constructing conduct that decrease the problems of a fancy craft.

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But small delicate thin~ s-an exquisite little jewelry box, a graceful little table, or a cabinet which is intended for lovely things and is itself a com )lement to them-this kind of work is rare, almost extinct There is a true need to create a climate in which it can be done, nd appreciated. Maybe this at mosphere of understanding will come; I can't say. But until it does come, work. Even when you are worried, work. Don't be pressured by originality. Don't lose time thinking that your work has to be wild and wooly, or slick.

A bit sophisticated, perhaps, but well done. We were going through all these slides when one of the students exclaimed: "Man, that's a lot of work! " I said "About twelve years," and he said, "Wow! " It was a lot of work we were looking at. Time and effort, day in and day out: that's what this kind of cabinetmaking is about. Not just a great piece once in a while, and then a long row of ordinary stuff dragging you down, but fine things all along. For a few craftsmen this makes sense; for most it is a frustration.

The few people who spent time with me have been free: they have worked, exposed themselves to the environment, and done things they wanted to do. Though we would help each other and talk and spend a 42 great deal of time together. The other reason I don't have anyone working with me is vain and impractical, I know. But my feeling is that, for better or for worse, nobody else's hand, eye, or intuition will quite coincide with mine. Which does not mean mine are better: it's just that people are different.

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