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Oral history interview with Arthur Espenet Carpenter, 2001 June 20-2001 September 4

Interviewee:
Carpenter, Arthur Espenet, 1920-2006  Search this
Carpenter, Arthur Espenet, 1920-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Hanna, Kathleen, 1943-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Woodworkers -- California -- Interviews.  Search this
Furniture making -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Furniture making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Furniture -- Exhibitions  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11648
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)227987
AAA_collcode_carpen01
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_227987
Online Media:

Arthur Espenet Carpenter papers, 2003

Creator:
Carpenter, Arthur Espenet, 1920-2006  Search this
Carpenter, Arthur Espenet, 1920-2006  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Topic:
Woodwork -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Woodwork -- Technique  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13408
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)258599
AAA_collcode_carparth
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_258599

Oral history interview with Arthur Espenet Carpenter

Interviewee:
Carpenter, Arthur Espenet, 1920-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Hanna, Kathleen, 1943-  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
Extent:
40 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 June 20-2001 September 4
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Arthur Espenet Carpenter conducted 2001 June 20-September 4, by Kathleen Hanna, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Carpenter's home and shop, in Bolinas, California.
Carpenter speaks of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York; his parents' divorce and moving to Oregon, going to high school there and then attending college at Dartmouth; studying economics as a fallback; spending four years in the Navy; seeing his first bowl by James Prestini, and a slide of Robert Maillart's bridges, which became inspiration for him; taking up the opportunities of the GI Bill to start up his own business in woodworking; using the money he made from the Navy, which he sent home to his father to invest, to buy his own acreage and build a house and workshop; the street fairs in San Francisco; how he gets design ideas from everywhere; being on the Bolinas school board while his children were in school; an apprentice of his, Tom d'Onofrio, and creating the Bolinas Craft Guild in 1972; his numerous other apprentices and "on lookers;" his first exhibition with the Renwick Museum, called, "Out of the Blue," which included other craftsmen, such as Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, George Nakashima, and others; periodicals such as, "Fine Woodworking;" his big commissions including, the Mill Valley Library, in Marin County, California and the Mountain View Council Chamber in San Francisco; his techniques with wood; the difficulty for beginning craftspeople today; craft couples, including Gary and Sylvia Bennett and Sam and Freda Maloof; how he used exhibitions as advertising campaigns; what it was like to attend conferences on craft; the book he's working on; the where and when he began to include the name Espenet, from his grandmother's maiden name; the beginnings of a shop called Local Color at 1414 Grant Avenue; the Upper Grant Avenue Fair; and his two children. Carpenter also recalls Bob Stocksdale, Dr. John Kassay, Arthur Danto, John Kelsey, Delores Richards, Gretchen McAllister, Michael Stone, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Arthur Espenet Carpenter (1920-2006) was a wood worker from Bolinas, California. Kathleen Hanna (1943- ) is a ceramist and teacher at San Francisco State University, Petaluma, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 35 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.
Topic:
Woodworkers -- California -- Interviews.  Search this
Furniture making -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Furniture making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Furniture -- Exhibitions  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.carpen01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw948a87b31-e6b3-41cb-b958-9956ac7c82a3
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-carpen01
Online Media:

Arthur Espenet Carpenter papers

Creator:
Carpenter, Arthur Espenet, 1920-2006  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
6 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
2003
Scope and Contents:
Draft of an incomplete, unpublished autobiography by Carpenter with handwritten notes in the margins.
Biographical / Historical:
Woodworker; educator; Bolinas, Calif.; b. 1920, New York, N.Y.; d. Bolinas, Calif., June 4, 2006.
Provenance:
Donated 2003 by Arthur Espenet Carpenter. The papers were collected as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project For Craft and Decorative Arts in America.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Woodworkers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Woodwork -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Woodwork -- Technique  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.carparth
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93f502c3d-0747-41c9-8db7-0053ac0c8b8e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-carparth

Woodenworks : furniture objects by five contemporary craftsmen: George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wendell Castle

Artist:
Nakashima, George 1905-1990  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Esherick, Wharton  Search this
Carpenter, Arthur Espenet 1920-2006  Search this
Castle, Wendell 1932-2018  Search this
Publisher:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Host institution:
Minnesota Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet : illustrations ; 51 x 51 cm folded to 26 x 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1972
20th century
Topic:
Furniture  Search this
Studio furniture  Search this
Furniture workers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1079856

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