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Oral history interview with Tom Eckert

Interviewee:
Eckert, Tom, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
Lauria, Jo  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Arizona State University -- Faculty  Search this
Arizona State University -- Students  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Castle, Wendell, 1932-2018  Search this
Dunning, William  Search this
Ellsworth, David, 1944-  Search this
Haas, Cervini  Search this
Himovitz, Michael  Search this
Jordon, John  Search this
Krenov, James  Search this
Laitman, Nanette L., 1924-  Search this
Rapp, James  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Reinsdorf, Jerry  Search this
Reinsdorf, Martyle  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Extent:
44 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 June 19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tom Eckert conducted 2007 June 19, by Jo Lauria, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home and studio in Tempe, Arizona.
Eckert speaks of his childhood interest in drawing; his first art lessons as a child; working as a cabinetmaker after high school; the decision to attend Arizona State University (ASU); earning very poor grades at ASU and enrolling at Phoenix College, where his art teacher inspired him to pursue art more seriously; returning to ASU to earn his BFA and MFA.; being hired to teach at ASU; creating and heading a wood program there; and helping to design the wood studio at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He continues discussing his fascination with Flemish painting during his art history education; the sense of illusion present in much of his work; being drawn to wood as a medium because of its ability to be shaped into an infinite amount of forms his experience making a few large scale works of art; feeling a certain spirituality towards his studio and the tools and equipment related to his craft; the importance of first satisfying a personal creative drive, then of showing the work produced, and finally in selling the work; the ways in which galleries and museums assist in attaining those three goals; being invited to participate in a show at Galerie Lieve Hemel in Amsterdam; incorporating the Internet and new technology into the design process; mixing his own colors using pigments; his desire to create larger works in the future; and contentment with and excitement for his life as an artist. Eckert recalls William B. Dunning, James Krenov, Bob Stocksdale, Nanette L. Laitman, David Ellsworth, John Jordan, Wendell Castle, Martyle and Jerry Reinsdorf, Cervini Haas, Michael Himovitz, Joanne Rapp, James Rapp, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Tom Eckert (1942- ) is a wood artist from Tempe, Arizona. Jo Lauria is a curator and arts writer from Los Angeles, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 44 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Woodworkers -- Arizona  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.eckertt07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-eckertt07

Oral history interview with James Krenov, 2004 August 12-13

Interviewee:
Krenov, James, 1920-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Fitzgerald, Oscar P.  Search this
Subject:
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Woodworkers -- California -- Interviews.  Search this
Woodwork -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Woodwork -- Technique  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11905
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249006
AAA_collcode_krenov04
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249006
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Tom Eckert, 2007 June 19

Interviewee:
Eckert, Tom, 1942-  Search this
Interviewer:
Lauria, Jo, 1954-  Search this
Subject:
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Jordon, John  Search this
Reinsdorf, Martyle  Search this
Reinsdorf, Jerry  Search this
Krenov, James  Search this
Laitman, Nanette L., 1924-  Search this
Haas, Cervini  Search this
Himovitz, Michael  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Rapp, James  Search this
Ellsworth, David  Search this
Dunning, William  Search this
Castle, Wendell  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Arizona State University  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13620
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)271201
AAA_collcode_eckertt07
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_271201
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Krenov

Interviewee:
Krenov, James  Search this
Interviewer:
Fitzgerald, Oscar P.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Extent:
38 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 August 12-13
Scope and Contents:
An interview of James Krenov conducted 2004 August 12-13, by Oscar Fitzgerald, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Fort Bragg, California.
Krenov speaks of immigrating to the United States; making things as a child; learning woodworking from Carl Malmsten; teaching workshops in England, Japan, and New Zealand; working as a cabinetmaker in Sweden; teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology; writing books on woodworking, including, "A Cabinetmaker's Notebook"; helping to found the Program in Artisanry at Boston University; teaching at the College of the Redwoods; using veneers; his teaching method; choosing the appropriate wood; the process of designing his pieces; choosing tools, and his opinion on computerized machinery; his favorite pieces; receiving awards; working for pleasure and working on commission; making joinery; pricing his work; choosing not to work with galleries; and his predictions for the future of woodworking. Krenov also recalls Soetsu Yanagi, Craig McArt, Wendell Castle, John Makepeace, Lois Moran, Yong Chen, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
James Krenov (1920-2009) was a woodworker of Fort Bragg, California. Oscar Fitzgerald is a writer and historian from Alexandria, Virginia.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 42 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Cabinetmakers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Woodworkers -- California -- Interviews.  Search this
Woodwork -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Woodwork -- Technique  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.krenov04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-krenov04

Cabinet

Artist:
James Krenov, born Siberia, Russia 1920-died Fort Bragg, CA 2009  Search this
Medium:
European ash and pernambuco
Dimensions:
55 1/4 x 20 5/8 x 10 in. (140.3 x 52.4 x 25.4 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Furniture
Crafts
Date:
1986
Topic:
Object\furniture\cabinet  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Oscar P. Fitzgerald, Molly L. Fitzgerald, and students and friends at the College of the Redwoods in honor of James Krenov
Copyright:
© 1986, Britta Krenov
Object number:
2012.70
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk786d22ae9-c353-4760-a401-8cd9db0eb6c6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2012.70

With wakened hands / furniture by James Krenov and students ; Seth Janovsky, principal photographer

Author:
Krenov, James  Search this
Janofsky, Seth 1956-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 125 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Furniture making  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_633105

The fine art of cabinetmaking / James Krenov

Author:
Krenov, James  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
Topic:
Cabinetwork  Search this
Call number:
TT197.K68 1977X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_450411

Worker in wood / James Krenov

Author:
Krenov, James  Search this
Subject:
Krenov, James  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Cabinetwork  Search this
Call number:
TT197 .K67X
TT197.K67X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_135713

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