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Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman Hardcover – Aug. 31 2013

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“The style of Peter Korn’s lovely, patient and fastidious ode to craft, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters, mirrors the technical precision and style he has used in his career as a furniture maker and teacher.”―The New York Times

“In his beautiful book, Peter Korn invites us to understand craftsmanship as an activity that connects us to others, and affirms what is best in ourselves.”―Matthew Crawford, author of
Shop Class as Soulcraft

“An uplifting title for artisans, novice or skilled, who will benefit from the ideas of a kindred spirit.”―
Library Journal

“Peter Korn’s brilliant new book resonates with me as a visual artist in a profound way. I share his passion for craft and admire his ability to take a plank of wood and fashion anything he sets his mind to. Throughout the centuries, furniture makers and painters have shared a set of belief systems centered on craft. The pleasure and calm that I get as a painter fashioning a complicated work from colored dirt on canvas is, I believe, the same pleasure and peace that Peter Korn and his students get as craftsmen.”―Chuck Close

About the Author

Peter Korn is the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. A furniture maker since 1974, he exhibits in galleries and museums around the country. He is also the author of award-winning how-to books, including Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1567925111
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ David R. Godine, Publisher (Aug. 31 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0224101099
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1567925111
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 476 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.49 x 2.29 x 22.86 cm
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PETER KORN is the founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, a non-profit woodworking and design school in Rockport, Maine. A furniture maker since 1974, his work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums. Born in 1951, Korn grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended Germantown Friends School. He majored in history at the University of Pennsylvania. More information is available at www.peterkorn.com

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