Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman

Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman

Peter Korn


during this relocating account (endorsed by way of America's most renowned woodworker, Nick Offerman, who calls it "Generous and touching . . .[An] very good book"), Peter Korn explores the character and rewards of artistic perform. We stick with his look for that means as an Ivy-educated baby of the center type who unearths employment as a amateur chippie on Nantucket, transitions to self-employment as a designer/maker of excellent furnishings, takes a flip at educating and management at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Arts heart, and eventually founds a college in Maine: the heart for furnishings Craftsmanship, an across the world revered, non-profit institution.

Through this pretty exploration, Korn works to get on the "why" of craft, particularly, and on the satisfactions of inventive paintings, mostly - to appreciate their crucial nature. How does the making of items either replicate and refine our personal identities? what's it approximately craft and inventive paintings that makes them so lucrative? What are the natures of these rewards? How do the goods of inventive paintings tell society? in brief, what does the method of constructing issues display approximately ourselves? Korn attracts on 40 years of hands-on adventure to respond to those questions eloquently during this own and revealing inquiry.

Peter Korn writes that his paintings as a furniture-maker attempts to complete 3 targets: integrity, simplicity, and style. thankfully, those features also are what distinguish his writing. during this booklet, he supplies the reader a virtually tangible experience of what it takes to be an inventive craftsman, a homo faber, a maker of items, that's one of many critical components of the human situation. yet he does even more than that: he explores what the quest for self and for belonging involves in our speedily altering instances. --Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Peter Korn's excellent new booklet resonates with me as a visible artist in a profound means. I percentage his ardour for craft and respect his skill to take a plank of wooden and model something he units his brain to. during the centuries, furnishings makers and painters have shared a suite of trust platforms based on craft. The excitement and calm that i am getting as a painter fashioning a classy paintings from coloured dust on canvas is, i feel, an identical excitement and peace that Peter Korn and his scholars get as craftsmen. --Chuck shut

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