Carpenter, Arthur Espenet,
Woodworker, Furniture designer
Collection size: 6 items.
Collection Summary: Chapters 1-4, 6 and 13 of a draft of an incomplete, unpublished autobiography by Carpenter with handwritten notes in the margins. Carpenter writes of the early years of his career as a craftsman in San Francisco, Calif.; his preference for teak and California Black Walnut; technical evolutions; aesthetic influence; local color; the move to Bolinas; images of his workshop and exhibition space; an analysis of different woods; and reflections on the dovetail joint. Also included are color and black and white photographs of Carpenter's furniture, workshop, family and objects that inspired his designs.
Biographical/Historical Note: Woodworker; educator; Bolinas, Calif.; b. 1920, New York, N.Y.; d. Bolinas, Calif., June 4, 2006.
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.
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