Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington

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 condominium journal.

For Acts of production, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the US looking for the mystical nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that provides start to a useful paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of delight and fulfillment recognized good to tremendous 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 girl 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 folk who purchase his furnishings to event an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wishes his clients’ lives to be evoked in his ground designs; Charles Keller desires the hugely expert global to understand the complex genius of not just fantastic blacksmithing yet all advantageous craftsmen.

The profiles in Acts of production aid to reclaim where of expertise 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 in addition approximately existence.

“Acts of production is a stunning number of literary journalism, written via a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, filled with feeling and finely saw element, splendidly conveys the realm 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 software, collage of California, Irvine

“Acts of construction is an instance of what occurs whilst a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of goal, places the ideal phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a family members

“A compelling tribute to americans who paintings with their fingers -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological health and wellbeing insanity.

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