Craftsman Charles Beresford shares his perspective
Reaching Nirvana Through Sharpening
Woodworking professionals come in as many forms as the work they produce, from robust timber buildings to the most delicate pierced bobbin or artwork. This Masters of Wood series continues to seek out both excellence and enthusiasm from the world of woodworking to share.
This is an interview with Charles Beresford, a craftsman and cabinetmaker based in Germany, who describes his approach as “Krenovian”, in the style of James Krenov. For Charles, like many of the finest craftspeople, there is an essential truth within wood that their shaping and trimming can reveal. Key to his success are the tools, in particular the hand tools that he uses. Charles explains how in his opinion an edge “can be only sharp, nothing else”.
As this interview concluded Charles began to tell us about his “Porsche”, a hand built wooden plane with a foot made of English Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus). Almost too pretty to use, we are pleased to be able to share his enthusiasm for this most ancient of precision tools.
Both of these short films were shot at the Knysna Working with Wood Festival. To find out more about Charles and his work, visit his website: www.beresfords.de
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