James Krenov (1920-2009) is a Russian-born furniture maker who has inspired many woodworkers to work simply, intentionally, and consciously with their craft. He is most well known for his "cabinet on a stand" works. He founded the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program in Fort Bragg. Jennifer and I visited there this spring. Krenov wrote eloquently about craft, eschewing competitive methods of some woodworking professionals so as not to compromise his values as a craftsman. He didn't like the word "design," preferring the more inclusive term "composing." Composing suggests a relationship and mindful reaction to the wood as it appears. It is a continual adaptation and "improvisation." The composer should be open to wherever the wood takes him. Krenov's ideas and work inspires me and this cabinet is a respectful reference to his influence. Photo credit: Kevin Shea 1992; from the Inside Passage School of Fine Woodworking web site. http://www.insidepassage.ca/about/.