Onr the journey, and using my investigative skills, I stumbled upon the smithsonian taped interview of James Krenov. Took awhile to read. Pretty honest guy. Also attempted to be tactful? In my reading I have come across other’s opinions laid down in visually stunning words and pictures. For me his were stunning words. Busted a few illusions.
Mr. Krenov was also serindipidous(sp?) Considered himself an outlaw, and was fortunate to make a living at what he loved. He labeled himself an ameture. Maybe to keep himself from getting into fame and fortune?
Today maybe he wouldn’t have been so fortunate, Many really good woodworkers are having a tough time, and some have had to give up making a living.
I found the studio furniture people by investigating Mr. Krenov. Even though it went against much of his beliefs I am glad there is a place where we can be creative. Pritney and Ames has a history of the movement that they helped to support. They have identified that it is tough going for the makers. Why? what is done by some however good is not purchased by another. Krenov said the overcharged.
I learned the reality of my illusion of making a living selling furniture I make, in a not so severe way becuse I can fall back on other skills. Can’t build furniture for people who are going bankrupt?
So, tempering form with function, I coninue on my serendipitous(sp? LOL) path. ( Hey Krenov couldn’t spell either.) I will keep my Ameture status in high regard.
-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher