By Walt Harrington
For Acts of construction, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the US looking for the mystical nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that offers beginning to a sensible paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of pride and success recognized good to positive craftsmen around the ages.
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 purely 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 consumers’ lives to be evoked in his flooring designs; Charles Keller desires the hugely trained global to understand the complex genius of not just high quality blacksmithing yet all superb craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production support to reclaim where of expertise in a consumerist period that locations greater price on revenue and branding than it does on devoted excellence. those craftsmen supply not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but in addition approximately life.
“Acts of production is a stunning selection of literary journalism, written by means of a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, filled 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 function, places the correct phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family
“A compelling tribute to american citizens who paintings with their fingers -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological wellbeing and fitness Madness.
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Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington