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Why We Make Things and Why it Matters The Education of a CraftsmanIn this moving account we follow Korn's search for meaning as an Ivy educated child of the middle class who finds employ ment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket morphs into a self employed designercraftsman of fine furniture takes a right turn into teaching woodworking and design at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Art. 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 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 also realizes that craft alone is not salvation 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 goodEvery man made thing be it a chair a text or a school is thought made substance It is the expression of someone's ideas and beliefsThis book along with the furniture he made and the school he created are the expressions of Peter Korn's beliefs He found his good lifeMy 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 mountainAnd 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

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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 socie. Reactions to this book will probably vary a lot from reader to reader according to their relationship with craftFor me it resonated a lot with my life and experiences As a craftspersonartist I struggle with a lot of the same uestions about balancing creation isolation and life; how to earn a living and creating my own expressive language The author doesn't shy away from relating how his relationships foundered and how he needed to be bailed out by his father several time At the same time he isn't apologetic about it either He recognizes his areas of privilege and also his short comingsFor some of us this book will be enlightening For others a probably slightly boring autobiography

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Why We Make Things and Why it Matters The Education of a Craftsman Download Õ 0 Í In this moving account we follow Korn's search for meaning as an Ivy educated child of the middle class who finds employ ment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket morphs into a self employed designercraftsman of fine furnitS Center and finally founds a school in Maine The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship an interna tionally respected non profit institution teaching design furniture making and related arts to over 400 students a year This is not a how to book in any sense Korn wants to get at the why of craft in particular and at. What a thoroughly frustrating book Frustrating not because it is bad but because in parts it is actually very good but this is lost in a meandering structure and trying to do too many things The title why we make things why it matters would be appropriate if it was my life and some things I did on the way Korn weaves several themes He explains his craft and inspirations interesting and well written he gives a lot of autobiography potentially interesting but actually it over powers the book and most is of no interest at all Do I really want to know about his dogs And isn't it a bit odd there seems to be about his dogs than his wives he theorises about art and craft attempts at intellectualising which for me do not uite work he talks about selling work and setting up a craft business nice to see the realistic side of being a crafts person but I was not really interested in how he funded his school In other words there is not one book here but several some are potentially very good others are really not that engaging For me this was disappointing because Korn is a good wordsmith and occasionally I was moved and inspired Those bits are 5 star Too much was peripheral and I was not sure why it was in the book