My woodturning club (NJ Woodturners) had the May meeting in the shop of
Frank Klausz in Pluckemin, NJ. http://frankklausz.com/ details his bio
and accomplishments. I took some photos at the events which are in a
slide show at: http://www.simoogle.com/FrankKlausz/target81.html It may
be a little slow on dial-up, but opens well on broadband.
Most notable from the meeting is how intense and passionate Frank Klausz
is about woodworking. Also the shop is just wonderful, but not for
exotic equipment, but rather for light and space. His seven employees
have traditional benches in well lighted areas with skylights. Good old
iron machines, but nothing real exotic, are grouped in the center of the
shop near the dust collection or in a side auxillary room. There is a
separate spray both and finishing room, along with an office and
exhibit/sample room for clients. Outside was the spring planting in a
nice garden. A bright pleasant place with Frank's tool collection
stashed high on the walls.
The presentation included his limited turning experiences (after all it
was for a woodturning club) and his tradtional presentation on wood
technology, world's fastest dovetail, sharpening, and planing. I was most
impressed that although he has some expensive exotics, many of the bread
and buttter tools are those that were passed to me by my father -
Stanley/Bailey planes etc. Most impressive was all of the book matched
wood stashed around the shop.
It was a very pleasant evening that went for more than 3 hours. Hope you
enjoy the photos.
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Frank Klausz is at the other end of the spectrum from James Krenov.
Mr. Klausz was TRAINED, from a very young age, to be a furniture maker
and learned the trade through apprenticeship - to his father.
Mr. Krenov CHOSE to be a furniture maker and sought out teachers,
both in design, as well as execution.
Mr. Klausz earns a good living making furniture FOR people.
Mr. Krenov makes furniture HE wants to make and people buy
the things he makes (or are given the piece).
Mr. Klausz's work focuses on the function,form and fit of a piece,
the wood, for the most part, being merely a material to work in
order to make the piece. Which is not to saw that he ignores
the wood - but rather than he selects it based on how well (quickly
and easily) it can be worked in order to make it into a part for
a piece. That is not to say that he doesn't have carefully selected
and very nice stock. But the best stuff is for the occassional
really nice piece. I suspect that he buys stock based on project
needs and doesn't search or seek out the unusual or rare wood
and keep it for some future unknown piece.
Mr. Krenov, on the other hand, began looking for unusual wood
and acquiring what he could afford - and had space for - with
no particular piece in mind. Mr. Krenov starts with the wood
and either develops a design that will best utilize it - or -
starts with an idea and then finds the wood best suited to his
Mr. Klausz is a very practical furniture maker.
Mr. Krenov, by his own admission, is an imparctical "cabinet
maker" - the title of his first book as I recall.
Mr. Klausz was trained to be fast and efficient. If you watch
him work (see Frank Klausz - Making A Dovetailed Drawer)
you will see just how fast and efficient he is.
Mr. Krenov comes at furniture making from a completely
different perspective. He spends a lot of time pondering
and just as much time on what might appear to be very
simple, little, insignificant details - chamfer and edge or
merely ease it, perhaps with just a little sanding.
Mr. Klausz is a great teacher - of efficient technique and
discipline (and I don't mean "discipline" in a Catholic School/
Mr. Krenov is more of guide or guru - to a philosphical
APPROACH to furniture making - more geared towards
insights than technique(s) - which is not to say he
doesn't have excellent technique for the few types
of joinery he uses.
If I wanted to make a living doing woodworking I'd look
for a quy like Mr. Klausz. If I wanted to learn to make
the types of furniture I would want to live with - year
in and year out - Mr. Krenov.
Both are exceptional woodworkers. Why are they
both european? Of course, there's Ian Kirby.
ps - I got a grin out of the log "beam" supporting
the "shelf" over the doorway. Mr. Klausz is very
What struck me most about the photos of Frank Klausz's shop was that
there was no empty space. It seems the accumulated tools, supplies and
projects fill all the available room. The lesson here is WW's need a
shop the size of a hanger for Boeing 747.
I suppose you could use _it_ as your shop. M&T Joinery at 35,000 ft.
In the 80's the company I worked for sold a mainframe to a client,
along with a 18 pocket document (e.g. check) sorter to install on a
DC-10 so they could sort checks as they flew them overnight from the
west coast to the east coast.
On Thu, 24 May 2007 23:08:34 GMT, email@example.com (Scott Lurndal)
Interesting. Two of the biggest users of the National Airspace System
in Chicago on the midnight shift when I was working were the check
couriers (lots of Cessna Caravans) and the Wall Street Journal
For some reason, that reminded me of the biggest Rube Goldberg device I ever
saw - a Phillipsburg Inserter. Had about 12 "stations" for stuffing
envelopes. Never ran over 10 minutes without jamming :-).
OTOH, my father was a Linotype operator. I understand the inventor,
Mergenthaler, had a nervous breakdown after designing the thing :-).
Those document (check) sorters were pretty amazing. 2500 Documents
Per Minute sort rate with very very few jams. Considering that the
documents quite often had been folded in a wallet, torn, differently sized,
or wrinkled, the sorter document path was amazingly robust.
As the document left the input feeder, it would transit the read-head
where the magnetic ink on the bottom of the document would be read and
transmitted to the mainframe. While the document passed the next
8 inches of the document path (at 2500dpm), the host would need to select which
pocket to stash the document it, if the host was too slow, the document
would hit the reject pocket and need to be resorted (something the
customers did _not_ want to do, when missing your sort window could cost
7 digits in float).
The Fed in MSP had a sorter with so many pockets the operators wore
roller skates to get from the infeed hopper to the last pocket in time
to empty/fill them.
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