MR. FITZGERALD: I read that you began making furniture professionally
in 1960. Is that correct?
MR. KRENOV: I've never made furniture professionally.
MR. FITZGERALD: Well, that you sold furniture.
MR. KRENOV: Yes. Well, I'm an amateur and I always will be. That's
the way I want to die. I'm an amateur by nature and I'm an amateur
in fact. And David Pye wrote somewhere that the best work of this
century would certainly be done by amateurs.
On Making A Living At WoodDorking
MR. FITZGERALD: What did you advise them? When you were advising the
students on how to make a living at this, what would you tell them? How
to sell - how would they sell their furniture?
MR. KRENOV: Well, my standard formula was the better work you do, the
more chance that you'll starve.
On What The Best Wood Is
MR. FITZGERALD: What's your favorite wood?
MR. KRENOV: Oh, I have no favorite wood. If it's real nice, it could
be anything really.
MR. FITZGERALD: You fit the wood to match the job, or do you select the
MR. KRENOV: They grow together. Everything grows together.
MR. FITZGERALD: What kind of -
MR. KRENOV: You close your eyes and you think, well, if the table's
all black that's no good. And if it's all white, like maple or
something, that's no good. What else have we got? We've got
mahogany, we've got oak, we've got this and that and the other
thing. Search and hope and find something that finally commits you to
feel, well, yes, it would look nice - the chair would look nice in
this wood, and it would work well. It glues well, and the pieces I have
are dry and fine. Yes, I think I'll do it that way.
On The Best Finish
MR. FITZGERALD: What kind of finish do you like to put on it?
MR. KRENOV: As little as possible. Polish sometimes.
On Tage Frid
MR. FITZGERALD: Did you know Tage Frid?
MR. KRENOV: Oh, I tried to play tennis with him up in Aspen, but he
wasn't sober, so it didn't turn out very well. No, I didn't know
him. I didn't know him.
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