James Krenov, 1920 – 2009

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Krenov-Inspired Cabinet

Over the years, I have used the term krenovian many, many times as I’ve described a piece of woodworking.  And it is a testament to the remarkable influence of James Krenov – the builder, the teacher and the author – that folks know exactly what I mean.

Woodworking has lost an enduring pillar of our craft.  This week, at the age of 89, James passed away.  While it is of little consequence to those who are in mourning, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends and his legions of students.  The pain of separation is a certainty in life, but that doesn’t diminish its power.  There’s no doubt that James Krenov’s influence will continue. His work will be referenced and studied, copied and critiqued as it has been for so many years.  But the force of his character and the spark of his creativity has been lost to us, and that is a sad thing indeed.

Rob Johnstone

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About Rob Johnstone

Rob Johnstone has been part of Woodworker's Journal's since 1997, becoming editor of the print magazine in 1998 and editor in chief in 2007. He began woodworking at age 13 in his family-owned cabinet shop and, as an adult, trained to become an accomplished luthier. He eventually opened his own cabinetry and custom fine woodworking business. Rob has brought many of the most well-known authors in woodworking to the Journal's pages and introduced Woodworker's Journal Online Survey. When, in his free time, Rob isn't woodworking, he enjoys hunting for sharp-tailed grouse with his bird dog, playing music and/or listening to his son's rock band and cooking on his high-tech stove.

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