Events | December 20, 2013

Boston Athenæum Presents Master Craftsman and Author Peter Korn on Feb. 5

(Boston, MA, December 19, 2013)—The Boston Athenæum will present craftsman Peter Korn on his new book, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Athenæum’s Long Room at 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for members, $25 for non-members. Reservations are required and can be accepted starting at 9:00 a.m. on January 22, 2014, at

After an Ivy-League education, Korn, now director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, found employment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket Island. In Why We Make Things and Why It Matters, he describes his decades-long search for meaning through making as he progresses from novice to self-employment as a designer and maker of fine furniture, takes a turn at teaching and administration at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Center, and finally founds a school in Maine to carry on what he has learned to new generations.

In his book, aimed at everyone with an interest in creativity, Korn seeks to get at the why of craft, in particular, and the satisfactions of creative work, in general, in order to understand their essential nature.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, the Society of Arts and Crafts, and the North Bennet Street School.

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About the Boston Athenæum

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is Boston’s first chartered cultural institution. It is located in a National Historic Landmark building at 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, at the heart of Beacon Hill. The first floor and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery are open to the public Monday through Saturday; closed on holidays. Public events include exhibitions, lectures, readings, panel discussions, films, and concerts. For membership information, please visit or call 617-720-7641.