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Five Questions with Andrew Zoellner

Andrew Zoellner, assistant editor for American Craft magazine, with Artists' Handmade Houses, text by Michael Gotkin and photography by Don Freeman
Andrew Zoellner, assistant editor for American Craft magazine, with Artists' Handmade Houses, text by Michael Gotkin and photography by Don Freeman
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Today's interview is with Andrew Zoellner, assistant editor for American Craft magazine.

What is your favorite/most-read art or craft book in your personal collection?
My favorite craft book in my personal collection is definitely Sam Maloof: Woodworker. It's his autobiography. I bought it a few weeks after starting at American Craft, and I've read it more than a few times since then. He had a lot of insight beyond woodworking. It's very inspiring.

What book or magazine would you like to sneak out of the ACC library?
Oh man, there's so much good stuff. But at the top of my list is Artists' Handmade Houses. I really like seeing how these famous makers and designers lived. Plus, it's a beautiful book.

What book(s) are you currently reading? Any kind of book is fine!
Right now I'm in the middle of Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970. I'm also re-reading Recording the Beatles, an awesome book that details how each of their recordings were made (including all of the equipment used). For a Beatles nerd, it doesn't get any better.

What hooked you on craft? What's the first craft you remember seriously catching your eye?
I was in 4H in grade school. One year (I was probably 9 or 10), my dad helped me make a bunch of wood things to enter in Central Wisconsin State Fair. With his guidance and understanding, I made a cribbage board and a shelf, but the thing that really got me hooked was turning a baseball bat on the lathe. It stuck with me, that a block of maple could be turned into a baseball bat. It was so much fun, watching the form take shape, getting the handle just right, and then sanding and buffing it to be incredibly smooth. I still have it. After that, I started paying closer attention to furniture and other handmade objects that I hadn't noticed before.

If you could master a new craft, what would it be?
I'd really like to take a crack at basketry. I like the idea of making something practical, functional, and beautiful.

Five Questions is a brief Q&A about books and craft, with people who love and use the American Craft Council Library.

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