By Walt Harrington
“This choice of profiles approximately nice American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of a very good American craftsman.” --David Grogan, This outdated condo journal.
For Acts of construction, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the USA looking for the paranormal nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that offers delivery to a practical paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of delight and success recognized good to high quality craftsmen around the a while.
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 flooring 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 simple terms to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to solid a plaster medallion. each one imbues his paintings with grander purpose—Michael Seward wishes the folks who purchase his furnishings to event an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wishes his clients’ lives to be evoked in his flooring designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely expert global to understand the complex genius of not just tremendous blacksmithing yet all fantastic craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production support to reclaim where of workmanship in a consumerist period that areas better worth on revenue and branding than it does on devoted excellence. those craftsmen supply not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but additionally approximately lifestyles.
“Acts of construction is a stunning choice of literary journalism, written via a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, jam-packed 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 production is an instance of what occurs while a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of goal, places definitely the right phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a kin
“A compelling tribute to american citizens who paintings with their arms -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological healthiness insanity.
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Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington