Conversation With Peter Korn


Peter Korn is a studio furnituremaker, teacher, author and the founder of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

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.

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3 thoughts on “Conversation With Peter Korn

  1. Great article and video. The first time I heard about the school was from a video that Tim Rousseau did several years back. The Frame and panel cabinet he built and the video was great. I got my first taste of real woodworking from that video, and I’m sure it demonstrates just a small bit of what could be learned from attending a class or two at the school. In fact I even looked into the nine month program then, but life just wouldn’t allow for it. Maybe someday.

    Now back to the basement to do some more scraping on the curry cherry table top that refuses to be hand planed.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks for the article, Bob. I had no idea that such a wonderful institution existed on the east coast. I’ll be looking through a few of Peter’s books in the near future.


  3. Great interview. Mr. Korn is a true professional and a gentlemen. I can see how he inspires both his peers and his students.


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