Ben Lindorfer planes a few makes of machine from the jointer plane he made as a student at the Krenov School.

“Congratulations from Woodcraft to Ben Lindorfer as he pursues excellence in his woodworking skills.”

Benjamin Lindorfer, a resident of Inglenook, Calif., is the latest student from the Krenov School in Fort Bragg, Calif., to receive a Woodcraft-funded Krenov Foundation scholarship.

Son and grandson of residential contractors, Lindorfer grew up building things. He went to work for his father after high school and learned the family trade, which included some cabinetmaking. Eventually, his interest in woodworking and a lack of confidence in his carpentry skills led him to visit the Krenov School. The supportive interaction between students and instructors appealed to him, so he started classes this summer and is now in his first semester of teaching.

Since 2014, the Krenov Foundation has offered substantial scholarships each year to students of the Krenov School, founded in 1981 by the late James Krenov, a renowned cabinetmaker, author and teacher. The Krenov School, part of Mendocino College, offers an intense woodworking and cabinetmaking program that focuses on teaching students the use of hand tools and the design and carrying out a project on their own.

“Congratulations from Woodcraft to Ben Lindorfer as he pursues excellence in his woodworking skills,” said President and CEO Jack Bigger. “It is encouraging to know that the staff at The Krenov provide a welcoming environment to learn this historic craft that is still relevant today.”

So far, Lindorfer said he has built a hall table and desk and made small bowls. “I’ve already learned more about hand tools and carpentry than I learned in all my previous construction years,” he said. “Most of what I’ve done in woodworking has been base cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms, and replacement windows. I really feel like I’m new to fine woodworking.

“I appreciate the way the instructors treat us as students, individually,” Lindorfer said. “They meet us where we are and they teach us. They see where I am with my dovetails, with the sharpening, with the planing, and they know how much to correct and how much to encourage.

In a month, Lindorfer plans to marry her fiancé, a writer, and will likely pursue a career in cabinetmaking. “I can’t wait to start a family. I hope to spend a lot of time in a store with my children,” he said.

To see some of Lindorfer’s work and learn a bit more about him, read the blog here.

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