By Walt Harrington
“This choice of profiles approximately nice American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of a very good American craftsman.” --David Grogan, This previous apartment journal.
For Acts of construction, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the US trying to find the paranormal nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that offers beginning to a sensible paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of delight and fulfillment identified good to positive 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 flooring guy in Indiana. A blacksmith in Illinois. A stone carver in California. none of the fourteen craftsmen and girl profiled believes he's operating in basic terms to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to forged 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 ground designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely knowledgeable international to understand the complex genius of not just positive blacksmithing yet all positive craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production support to reclaim where of workmanship in a consumerist period that locations greater worth on revenue and branding than it does on committed excellence. those craftsmen provide not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but additionally approximately existence.
“Acts of construction is a stunning choice 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, college of California, Irvine
“Acts of production is an instance of what occurs whilst a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of function, places the fitting phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a relations
“A compelling tribute to americans who paintings with their fingers -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological overall healthiness insanity.
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