In the late 1960s and early 1970s America saw a general questioning of the status quo by those who were coming of age. One aspect of that was a renewed interest in craft work. For those of us who began woodworking way back then (and with the ability to remember way back then) information on how to make things out of wood was hard to come by. If you didn’t have access to an old cabinetmaker to instruct you, you were left with a hand full of books, a few available tools and trial-and-error experimentation.
Peter Korn’s story is typical of the times. He graduated college, worked for a few years as a carpenter, then decided to try his hand at making furniture. With the completion of that first project (a cradle), he was hooked on woodworking. One of the things that led him in that direction was the question, “What makes a good life, and how does work fit in with that?” Forty years of building, teaching and writing has provided him answers.