By Walt Harrington
“This choice of profiles approximately nice American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of a superb American craftsman.” --David Grogan, This previous condominium journal.
For Acts of production, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the US looking for the paranormal nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that provides delivery to a practical paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of delight and success identified good to nice craftsmen around the a long time.
A builder of huge fireplaces in Maine. a cupboard maker in Maryland. A millwright in Virginia. A locksmith and a home framer in Ohio. A hardwood ground guy in Indiana. A blacksmith in Illinois. A stone carver in California. none of the fourteen craftsmen and lady profiled believes he's operating in basic terms to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to solid a plaster medallion. each one imbues his paintings with grander purpose—Michael Seward desires the folks who purchase his furnishings to adventure an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin desires his clients’ lives to be evoked in his flooring designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely trained global to understand the advanced genius of not just superb blacksmithing yet all wonderful craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production support to reclaim where of workmanship in a consumerist period that locations greater price on revenue and branding than it does on committed excellence. those craftsmen provide not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but additionally approximately lifestyles.
“Acts of construction is a stunning number of literary journalism, written via a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, choked with feeling and finely saw aspect, splendidly conveys the area of craftsmen in all its crafty integrity. within the grand culture of Tracy Kidder, John McPhee and Joseph Mitchell, Harrington bargains us a desirable and enduring homage to males at work.” --Barry Siegel, Pulitzer Prize winner, director of the Literary Journalism application, collage of California, Irvine
“Acts of construction is an instance of what occurs while a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of function, places the proper phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a kinfolk
“A compelling tribute to american citizens who paintings with their palms -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological overall healthiness insanity.
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