Emil Milan: Midcentury Master

Created by Emil Milan Research Project

This book is no longer sold on this website. Purchase at emilmilan.org/products.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Delivery Update and Pop-Up Exhibition with Gallery Talk
over 3 years ago – Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 07:20:21 AM

It has been a busy winter and we are excited to report that Emil Milan: Midcentury Master is finished printing and is being prepared for binding and shipment. The printing is beautiful and we were able to upgraded to a higher-end art paper for the body of the book. You are going to love it.

We are still on schedule for books to start delivering to Kickstarter backers at the end of April or early May. We will update you when we have more exact dates.

We are excited to announce a pop-up exhibition and gallery talk event

For those of you in the Philadelphia area you are invited to Join Craig Edelbrock, co-author of Emil Milan: Midcentury Master, for a presentation about the life and work of Emil Milan. Learn about Milan’s woodworking process, methods, and the influence he had on the craft movement in America after WWII. The gallery talk will be followed by a book signing.*

To coincide with the talk, Moderne Gallery will have a limited-engagement pop-up exhibition of Emil Milan artwork from their collection. The exhibition will be on view for only two days so be sure to mark your calendar. The exhibition will include almost 50 artworks and most of them will be available for purchase. For more information about this event visit emilmilan.org.


Moderne Gallery
111 N 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12–8PM — Pop-up exhibition of Milan artworks
6–8PM — Gallery talk by Craig Edelbrock followed by a book signing*

12–9PM — Pop-up exhibition of Milan artworks
5–9PM — First Friday in Old City Philadelphia

We hope to see you all there.

*Unfortunately, Kickstarter backers will not be able to pick up their books at this event. Standard books purchased through Kickstarter include a digital signature plate and all limited edition books are hand-signed by the authors. There is additional production involved in giving our Kickstarter-backed standard books this small detail and coordinating the shipping of your books directly to you. In planning the event, we were able to air freight a small amount of books already completed while the full order of books is being finished and shipped to our fulfillment center. All Kickstarter backers will be receiving their books later in April and we will post another update when we have more accurate dates to share. We appreciate your patience and understanding. We know you are anxious to receive your books. We encourage everyone who can visit Moderne Gallery for this limited engagement to do so. It will be a unique opportunity to see Emil Milan’s work on display, and learn about the artist’s process and methods from the co-author of this extraordinary publication.

Here are some photos of the finished book. Enjoy.


Limited Edition version with Cherry veneer wood slip case
Limited Edition version with Cherry veneer wood slip case










Many thanks,
The Emil Milan Research Team
The Center for Art in Wood


The Limited Edition signature plates are complete
over 3 years ago – Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 07:34:19 PM

Hello backers,

Production of the Emil Milan book is continuing and we are excited to share with you the final signature plates for the Limited Edition book. Lots of care has gone into making these signature plates and they will help make the Limited Edition a truly special item. Here are the details of production: 

  • The plates are letterpress printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton archival paper.
  • Hand signed with pigment ink archival pens by each of the four members of the Emil Milan Research Team.
  • Over 300 signature plates were shipped to five different cities and took six weeks to complete.
  • Hand stamped with the impression of Milan’s signature from the base of one of his actual bird sculptures. Oil-based archival block printing ink was used for the stamping.
  • Hand numbered in an edition of 200.
Phil Jurus signing the signature plates.
Phil Jurus signing the signature plates.


Norm Sartorius signing the signature plates. Notice the Milan bird-shaped hors d'oeuvres server on the table serving gum drops.
Norm Sartorius signing the signature plates. Notice the Milan bird-shaped hors d'oeuvres server on the table serving gum drops.


Over 300 signature plates signed, stamped, and numbered.
Over 300 signature plates signed, stamped, and numbered.



There are less than 50 of the Limited Edition books left and you can still upgrade your pledge in order to receive one of these rare items.

If you want to change your pledge level and have already completed the Backerkit questionnaire then you can follow the link in your confirmation email that will take you to your order online. At the top of the page you can click on the link below “Your Pledge Level” and then click on “Switch Pledge Levels?” in the upper right of the pop up window. There you can choose to upgrade to the Limited Edition pledge levels.

You can also choose to add on a Limited Edition book to your existing order. Click on “View Confirmation” in the upper right corner of your order online and then you can select “Edit Add-ons” in the lower left corner of the next screen.

If you lost the link to your questionnaire then go to https://emil-milan.backerkit.com/ and enter your email address and a new link will be sent to you.

Thank you for your continued support of the Emil Milan book and we will keep you posted on our progress and expected delivery dates.

Many thanks,
The Emil Milan Research Team

Upgrade and add-on opportunities
almost 4 years ago – Wed, Jan 03, 2018 at 11:06:33 AM

Your pledge last year helped make Emil Milan: Midcentury Master a reality. The book is on press this month and will be delivering to your doorstep in April. We are so excited for you to receive this beautiful book.

Our Kickstarter campaign may have ended, but there is still time to take advantage of special offers for our early supporters. During the Backerkit questionnaire process you will have the opportunity to upgrade your pledge level or add on additional products to your order.

Upgrade to the Limited or Collector’s Editions before they are gone
There are less than 90 Limited Edition and only 10 Collector’s Edition books left. These books will not be available in stores. As a Kickstarter backer you will have an opportunity to upgrade your pledge to get one of these rare books before they are available to the general public. We expect that these will be sold out before they deliver in April. Check out the details about these two special books on our Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/2xL4DTq

Through Backerkit you will have the opportunity to add-on other products to your pledge order. Get an extra book as a gift or add a wood slip case for your Standard Edition book.

Benefits of upgrading your pledge level

  • Standard Edition and above pledges will be able to purchase add-on products with no additional shipping costs.
  • Limited Edition and above pledges will get their books shipped first so you’ll receive your book before anyone else. Also, at these higher levels you can add Standard Editions of the book at the early bird price of only $49.
  • Upgrade to Collector’s Edition and you will get free shipping on your entire order. The shipping you may have already paid will be applied to the price of the upgrade.

Your orders help Milan’s story reach more people
Upgrade your pledge or purchase additional add-ons and help us reach our stretch goal so we can print 500 extra books and spread Milan’s story even further. Your support can help inspire a whole new generation of artists and collectors.

Stay tuned for updates about our progress with the printing of the book.

Thank you again for your support.

Many thanks,
The Emil Milan Research Project
The Center for Art in Wood

Fulfillment Questionnaire Coming!
almost 4 years ago – Tue, Jan 02, 2018 at 03:33:06 PM

Happy New Year, supporters!

Soon, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit questionnaire. It’s important to respond to this request as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your questionnaire. When you receive the email click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items, if you like.

After you respond, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the questionnaires and get our final counts.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your questionnaire by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://emil-milan.backerkit.com/

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://emil-milan.backerkit.com/faq

Many thanks,
The Emil Milan Research Project
The Center for Art in Wood

Request your "Gift is on its way" cards in time for the holidays
almost 4 years ago – Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 08:00:13 AM

We offered for anyone that bought a book as a gift to receive "Gift is on its way" cards to give as gifts in time for the holidays.

If you want to receive printed copies of these cards by Dec. 20 then you need to contact us with how many you want by Dec. 13. If you request them after that date then we can send a pdf of the card that you can print at home.

The info we need from you is:

  • How many cards you want and for what version of the book—standard or limited edition
  • Address and phone number where you want the cards shipped
Sample "Gift is on its way" card (not necessarily exact design)
Sample "Gift is on its way" card (not necessarily exact design)

You can send your request for the cards to info@emilmilan.org or you can leave a note for us here on Kickstarter. (Be sure not to leave your private information in a public response to this update. You should send a private comment to us.)


The Center for Art in Wood and the Emil Milan Research Team