“This is a beautiful book in every sense—the design, photographs, and storytelling.”
—Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine

The highly anticipated publication, Emil Milan: Midcentury Master, chronicles the life and work of Emil Milan. It will be the most comprehensive biography and collection of work from the artist. Get your copy today of the book that Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine says "will be a treasure to anyone who appreciates elegant design, beautiful wood, and a well-told tale."

The book tells the story of an important American artist, designer, and woodworker who was a major contributor of the studio craft movement in the United States after WWII. Milan's work, known as “functional sculpture,” captures and exemplifies midcentury modern design aesthetic, exploring balance of form and function.

Pre-order your copy  today and get it a month before it is available anywhere else. 
(Expected delivery in early May, 2018.)

 

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    Advance Praise for Emil Milan: Midcentury Master

     This is a beautiful book in every sense—the design, photographs, and storytelling. The pages reflect the clean, flowing, functional style espoused by Emil Milan himself, while the narration is not just a biography but a fascinating history of woodcraft in modern America. The authors' passion and respect for their subject shows in the meticulous research they undertook to piece together the story of his life and influence, as well as the ample documentation of his work. Bowls, spoons, trays, and birds flow across the pages, interspersed with photographs that lend context to the artwork. This book will be a treasure to anyone who appreciates elegant design, beautiful wood, and a well-told tale.

    Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine

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    Emil Milan: Midcentury Master, a beautiful book, is the Emil Milan Research Project’s most recent endeavor. Milan was known primarily for his small, exquisitely made carved wood bowls and stylized birds. The book makes clear that his influence on the work of others continues to this day, though not all of those who are influenced are aware of the source of their inspiration.

    Craig Edelbrock (the author) was enlisted to continue the research on Milan, resulting in his impressive and thorough essay, which provides a sometimes intimate biography set in the greater context of the post-WWII craft movement in the U.S. We get a sense of Milan as a person, who, unlike the subjects of many biographies, comes across as truly likable.

    While retrospective exhibitions are great tributes, they are only seen by a fortunate few. This book is a more permanent recognition of an important maker, an homage that is long overdue.

    —Excerpts from an article by Mark Sfirri published in the December, 2017 issue of American Woodturner, the journal of the American Association of Woodturners. www.woodturner.org


    A successful pre-order campaign on Kickstarter helped make this book a reality.