I fear our esthetic senses are rapidly sliding
towards IKEA and Pottery Barn and the range of
"furniture" is getting smaller and smaller.
You'd think by now Mr. Bennett would look like
Dizzy G at his fullest after so many years of
tongue in cheeking. "I'm not an artist. I'm
just a furniture maker." - my ass. It ain't
how good you are but how good you can make
people believe you are. The fact that he CAN
design, build and finish really good pieces
is more the pity. Too much ego and not enough
soul in his stuff, to say nothing of all the
really nice wood he wastes on things that
could've been done out of MDF, or plaster of
paris for that matter.
I'll skip googling Hosaluk. Thanks for the
(rant mode off)
Nope, they are in scale for the effect he wishes to achieve.
He is not a big man standing approx. 5 foot 6 inches or so.
It is my belief that his scale is based on that, not what the
so-called average height of a North American male is supposed to be.
Unless you actually SEE a piece in the flesh, so to speak, the books
and magazine photos can throw you off.
Krenov would be the first person to argue that there IS function in
his work. Not the function of a set of kitchen cabinets but the
function of doing WHAT that particular piece was designed to do. Hold
some pipes, a few precious ( one of his favourite words) items.
Funny you should bring this up. A long time ago, yeah it really was
close on to 30 years ago before the Mendocino thing was even a dream
in the organizers mind...12 of us had a long discussion one night over
barbeque and wine at our humble place in Petaluma, California.. The
subject of functional stuff for the home was brought up. Krenov used
the kitchen cabinet as an example of leaving the design and building
of such, to those that do it as a full time occupation and respect the
craftspeople that do that for what they are capable of. He didn't look
down his nose at domestic cabinet makers, he is not made like that.
His only comments beyond the above on the subject was about the
quality of workmanship should be the same for everything done by a
My impression since those times till today is this.
He has shown a WAY, not THE WAY but, a WAY of doing, of seeing wood
and translating that into HIS VIEW of how a thing should be.
He is not a god, he has feet of clay just as the rest of us. He can be
cranky, standoffish and as the years mount the patience has deminished
abit. All evidence of a human being albiet one with a VIEW of
craftsmanship that is to be admired and if one WISHES, emulated. He is
just following along a path that has had its travelers for a long long
time. Wharton Esherick, Nakasima, Maloof, Krenov, the craftman of
Kyoto in Japan.
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