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What a superb book this is. The measure of its excellence is such that, the central premise being so clearly intelligent, so engagingly correct, it would still prove a worthwhile read even if its execution had been a letdown.
- Why We Make Things And Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn
- Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman
- Why We Make Things and Why It Matters
- Why We Make Things and Why it Matters
Why We Make Things And Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This is not a "how-to" book in any sense. Korn wants to get at the why of craft, in particular, and at the satisfactions of creative work, in general to understand their essential nature.
How does the making of objects both reflect and refine our own identities? What is it about craft and creative work that makes them so rewarding? What is the nature of those rewards? How do the products of creative work inform society? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Maine Literary Award for Memoir Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This short, lucid book contains a pleasant combination of personal experience and philosophical musings on the millennia-old human drive to make things with our hands. Korn even includes black-and-white images and color plates of some of his signature pieces. Now that he is the director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, his job is more administrative than artistic, but he still sees his role as being to shepherd new works of art into life.
Anyone who has a creative as This short, lucid book contains a pleasant combination of personal experience and philosophical musings on the millennia-old human drive to make things with our hands. View 1 comment. Feb 05, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: craft. I'm a craftsman in two worlds, as a writer and as a construction worker. I don't write the kind of novels that win highfalutin awards, and I don't build the kind of houses that win architectural honors, but I'm pretty good at what I do.
I craft. I make a living. So I'm always interested in how other people integrate their values, their families, their simple need to earn a living into their passion for craft. Peter Korn is a writer, an educator, a furniture maker. As a craftsman he discovered th I'm a craftsman in two worlds, as a writer and as a construction worker. As a craftsman he discovered that he couldn't make a living -- or sustain a marriage -- chiseling mortise and tenon joints one by one, chair by chair.
He could teach, though. And he could write. In this book, he's a philosopher as he tries to come to grips with what it means to be a craft worker. We view books through our own personal filters, so here's mine: what interested me was not the philosophy but the memoir aspect, the people Korn met and his own growth as a person and as a furniture maker.
He started like me as a carpenter on a construction crew. He had some advantages I never had -- a private school education, Ivy League college, a father who continually bailed him out of business failures and personal setbacks. I envy that. He had Hodgkin's disease and chemotherapy -- twice.
I don't envy that. He developed his own furniture style and then really found his calling as an educator, founding and running the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. I applaud that. Korn traces the history of how society has changed its appreciation of craft -- first as work, then as skill, and finally as art. Eventually Korn realizes that by embracing a life of craft he was seeking self-fulfillment, seeking "a good life.
He witnesses one man who is a great craftsman but fails in most other aspects of life. Craft itself can be an attempt at redemption. To create something good, one must know something good: Every man-made thing, be it a chair, a text, or a school, is thought made substance.
It is the expression of someone's This book, along with the furniture he made and the school he created, are the expressions of Peter Korn's beliefs. He found his good life. My father sang a song to me, and then we would sing it together: The bear went over the mountain repeated three times. And what do you think he saw? He saw another mountain repeated three times. And what do you think he did? The bear went over the mountain And on we'd sing. And so it is. As a maker you put one foot in front of the other and you own the journey.
Finding creative passion that governs your life may be a curse as well as a blessing, but I would not trade it for anything else I know. Dec 28, Philippe rated it liked it Shelves: art , personal-development , design , health-care. Peter Korn started out as a carpenter, a craftsperson, but found his calling in his work as a creative applied artist, a furniture maker. From then onwards furniture making became a true vocation. The author is not only a master in woodworking but also in organising and presenting subtle ideas.
His reflection on the nature of craft and its contribution to a good life are crisply articulate particularly in the first half of the book; the latter half is somewhat more loosely organised.
For Korn the essential structure of creative practice is threefold: discovery, embodiment and communication. Correspondingly, it is an activity that harmonizes intellect, manual skill and character and provides a powerful platform for self-transformation.
The product of that craftsmanship, however mundane, is something that utilises a language of materiality that is simultaneously visual, tactile, stylistic, spiritual, functional, and political. It is an object and a dynamic, multidimensional thought marker. It is a source of meaning for both maker and respondent. It necessarily also entails building and maintaining relationships, and making a living. Painfully, through illness, divorce and lack of financial success, Korn had to reappraise the basic assumptions upon which he had founded his artisan life.
He reframed his ideal of the craftsman, away from an existence as solitary, self-employed artisan to a person who functions as an extension of society, a cell within a larger organism. The reframing allowed him to come to terms with a position of administrator in a woodworking school.
Dec 14, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: audio-book , philosophy , auto-biography. Peter Korn may be a skilled craftsman or whatever, but this book didn't feel like it delivered on the title. I'm an amateur woodworker - I've got a bunch of tools I'm learning to use, I've made a desk, a bookcase, an armoire, knife holders, a display case, etc My wife's grandfather is a skilled woodworker and I've been learning a lot from him. I thought this might be a good philosophical look at the intrinsic value of making things vs purchasing them.
Instead, I felt like I got an autobiography about some guy I'd never heard of before who occasionally said, "Making things is deeply spiritual! From the start of the book he presents himself as someone who chased after passion instead of stability but by the end of the book his 'passion' has suspiciously transformed into a desk job from which he derives just as much fulfillment as furniture making despite rejecting office work as essentially soulless. His definition of 'making things' expanded until it covers essentially every action a person takes which means this book was attempting to answer the question, "what is the purpose of life" spoiler alert: it didn't.
Overall, it lacked a feeling equivalent to its title. I wouldn't read it again or recommend it to anyone else. Nov 26, Richard Newton rated it it was ok Shelves: memoir-or-biography , thinking-about-life , arts-crafts-history-of-art.
Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman
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A must-read for the craftsperson, artisan and artist. How does the making of objects shape our identities? How does creative work enrich our communities and society?
Why We Make Things and Why it Matters
Heartfelt and thought-provoking, an eloquent meditation on the nature of work and craftsmanship and why it matters, more than ever, that we value the process of making things well. Why do we make things? Why do we choose the emotionally and physically demanding work of bringing new objects into the world with creativity and skill? Why does it matter that we make things well? What is the nature of work?
Throughout this journey, Korn falls in and out of love, gets cancer and recovers, opens and closes up shop throughout the northeast, spends some time in Colorado, and then comes back again. Over the course of his life, Korn also develops powerful thoughts about what it means to make things, and why making things matters. As Korn writes, a craftsman not only develops the ability to make high quality products, but also develops the distinct ability to look closely, and notice complexity:. When I look at a piece of furniture from across a room, I see form, style, scale, context, and intended use. As I approach it, I distinguish material, joinery, and proportions. When I get close enough to touch it, I take in details such as hardware, textures, finish, edge treatments, wood grain, quality, and comfort. As Korn writes,.
WHY WE MAKE THINGS. AND WHY IT MATTERS. The Education of a Craftsman. PETER KORN. Published by Square Peg on 5 February.
Vintage Books If you are a collector or interested in interior design and homemaking; this book provides insight to why we are drawn to the objects we love. The book is insightful on the creative processes, and the impulse which makes us create; but at its heart, the book is an autobiography.
Сквош, - чуть не застонал Беккер. Сьюзан сделала вид, что не поняла. - Это похоже на цуккини, - пояснил он, - только корт поменьше. Она ткнула его локтем в бок.
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