My favorite gurus are the guys who've patiently answered my questions in
on line forums. Leon, for one, has helped me on a number of occasions,
so he gets special mention. Others on line over the past few years have
also earned my heartfelt appreciation. the TV guys? I can take 'em or
In no particular order
James Krenov - do a few things exceptionally well,
let the wood do the
talking and K.I.S.S.
(Keep It Simple Stupid) - or at least
make it appear so, use
the wood wisely
Sam Maloof - make things that function well and
are visually as well
as tactily pleasing- a
chair or bench that beckons you
to sit and run your hand
Toshio Odate - japanese tools, their use and
approach to their use
Michael Fortune - don't be limited to flat
surfaces and straight lines
Great teacher, great
woodworker, nice person
Frank Klausz - pragmatic and efficient with a bias
methods and joinery
Ian Kirby - one of the few who passes on the
the why as well as the how.
open to using the latest
materials, appreciating the
freedom they bring.
Michael Colca - Central Texas very high furniture
maker. He and
wife built an amazing
home, shop on the first floor
full of old heavy iron
and wondrous wood, living
space above of beatiful
woods and craftsmanship
everywhere you look.
Tage Frid - cause an upside down belt sander for
is just fine
Can kick myself for drawing a blank on the name -
google "Soul of
a Tree" - wondrous wood with minimal human
modification to make
Norm - for getting people to try woodworking
Roy - for perpetuating the use of hand tools and
people to try woodworking
should do for a start
: Can kick myself for drawing a blank on the name -
: google "Soul of
: a Tree" - wondrous wood with minimal human
: modification to make
: it useful
George Nakashima. Amazing work -- has to be seen
in person to really appreciate it.
I'd also toss in John Reed Fox and Andrew Craford. And David Marks.
-- Andy Barss
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