There’s a level of fine woodworking that borders on philosophy, as you can glean from some of the masters who work in this field.
“…form is only a beginning. It is the combination of feelings and a function; shapes and things that come to one in connection with the discoveries made as one goes into the wood, that pull it together and give meaning to form.” – James Krenov, James Krenov.com
“Good furniture must convey a feeling of function but also must be appealing to the eye. I never make conversation piece furniture… [and since] I’m not subject to the manufacturing syndrome, I don’t have to change for the sake of change. I just keep on improving.” – Sam Maloof, Maloof on Design
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Image source: Wiki: Sam Maloof Rocker
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The best source I know of for learning advanced woodworking techniques is Fine Woodworking Magazine. Taunton Press has a DVD set with 36 years of previous articles. What a deal. I’ve read hundreds of Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding Magazines, and had a number of their books.