Sunday, 14 September 2014

Krenov Cabinet


Yesterday we made a 100 mile trip up into the mountains to visit David Finck, highly talented woodworker and author of Making and Mastering Wood Hand Planes, one of the best woodworking books written.
David owns the last cabinet ever made by the late great James Krenov, I never thought I would ever see one of these in the flesh so this was a great privilege.
The scale of his work can be very deceiving, so the shot below next to David gives you some idea.


Inside the cabinet.

The tiny little dovetailed drawers with hand cut dovetails and pillowed fronts with hand carved knobs


With James Krenov's eyesight failing, he was unable to make the base and this came down to David to complete. His training at the College of the Redwoods and his many years cabinetmaking showed in the result which was delicately designed and crafted. He used doussie, one of Krenov's favourites, better known in the UK as Afzelia.


After a very nice home made lunch we descended to his basement workshop where I recognised many shots from his book including this fine old band saw from the 1930's. It weighs a ton and was built like a battleship. Not surprisingly it works very well, makes my Startrite look like a toy!


Whenever I see a workshop with no free wallspace I know it's a serious place.


David has recently turned his skilled hand to violin making and was leaving for a show the next day. I hope it goes well.

I'll leave this post with an iconic shot from the book showing his rack of krenov style hand planes, made for a multitude of tasks. The plane on the bottom left made from Cocobolo is my favourite and was made while David was at the College of the Redwoods.
I'm very grateful for the hospitality shown by David and his wife Marie, this alone made the trip to the US worthwhile.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the trip! I too am a big fan of Krenov's work and David's book.

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  2. Thanks for sharing David, very interesting.

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    1. No problem Barry, it was the highlight of my trip.

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  3. Hi David,
    Great post , I have his book and I also have the DVD that he has done to accompany the book which I bought from him in the USA and have no problems playing it on my DVD players here in the UK . He was very helpful when we where trying to find out if the DVD would play over here and I can highly recommend getting to go with the book.
    Thanks Dave.

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    1. Thanks Dave, US DVD's work fine over here it's the other way round there can be an issue. I have his DVD's too, you need to set aside 4 hours to watch them but he has a very relaxed and easy watching manor. All the best, David.

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  4. What`s a genuine Krenov cabinet worth? I am very envious you got to see one up close.

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    1. Hi Mark, He didn't make that many in his lifetime so who knows? I would say £10,000 +. I certainly haven't seen any come up on E Bay! All the best, David.

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