Peter Korn, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to host a special talk and book signing in conjunction with Gibson's Bookstore on Thursday, April 17 at 5:30 pm in The Craft Center at the League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters on 49 S. Main Street, Concord, NH (SMILE Building). Peter Korn, a furniture maker whose work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums, is the author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman. He will be talking about the nature and rewards of creative work, and how the practice of contemporary craft is transformational to the individual and society. Korn is the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine and has written several “how to” books including Woodworking Basics.

“Gibson’s is very excited to be partnering with the League, our neighbor, on this event. Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman is one of the most interesting and unusual books of this or any other year,” said Michael Herrmann, owner of Gibson’s Bookstore. “Masterful on the topic of woodworking, this book is more than that—it’s a memoir that explores the nature of, and philosophy behind, creativity itself. We can’t wait to hear what the author has to say, and we’re grateful to the League for bringing him to Concord.” 

This event coincides with the League of NH Craftsmen’s current exhibition of fine, handcrafted furniture that spotlights the artistry and craftsmanship of New Hampshire’s finest woodworkers from the New Hampshire Furniture Masters (NHFM), the Guild of NH Woodworkers, and the League. Information about this exhibit can be found on Constantly Pizza of Concord will provide appetizers.


Event date: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
49 S Main St
03301 Concord
Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781567925111
Availability: Out of Print
Published: David R. Godine Publisher - August 31st, 2013

A must-read for the craftsperson, artisan and artist. "In his beautiful book, Peter Korn invites us to understand craftsmanship as an activity that connects us to others, and affirms what is best in ourselves."--Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft

Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship Cover Image
ISBN: 9781561586202
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Published: Taunton Press - October 1st, 2003

Woodworking Basics presents an approach to learning woodworking that has proven successful for hundreds of people who have taken the author's introductory course over the past 20 years.