The Krenov Archive is a free, online resource for the study of the world renown Cabinet Maker, James Krenov. Krenov is widely regarded as one of the most influential woodworkers of the twentieth century. His work is noted for balancing an intensely personal vision with uncompromising craftsmanship, and his elegant use of line, proportion, detail, and material remains unparalleled. Through his teaching and writing he inspired generations of woodworkers.

How to Use the Krenov Archive

The Archive’s curator David Welter and archivist Kevin Shea have made four main categories to explore Krenov’s work and life:

Pieces - Woodworking projects

Each Piece is represented by a variety of images, often showing details and in some cases work in the process of creation.

You can filter these pieces either by project type:

Veneer Cabinets | Solid Cabinets | Showcases | Wall Cabinets | Details | Other

or chronologically:

Before 1980 | 1980-89 | 1990-99 | 2000-2006

Illustrations - Project sketches and drawings

Lectures - Videos of James Krenov teaching

JK - Bio and photos of James Krenov

We encourage you to explore and discover the work of this unique master furniture maker.

Rights & Reproductions

Copyright of original material is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

All information (images, and text) provided on the Krenov Archive is available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws.

Images may not be used for print publication or commercial purposes without written approval from the Krenov Foundation.