By Walt Harrington
For Acts of construction, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the US looking for the paranormal nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that provides beginning to a useful paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of delight and success recognized good to high quality 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 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 purely to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to forged a plaster medallion. every one imbues his paintings with grander purpose—Michael Seward desires the folk who purchase his furnishings to event an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wishes his consumers’ lives to be evoked in his ground designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely expert global to understand the advanced genius of not just high-quality blacksmithing yet all fantastic craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production aid to reclaim where of workmanship in a consumerist period that locations greater worth 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 construction is a beautiful number of literary journalism, written by means of a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, choked 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 application, collage of California, Irvine
“Acts of production is an instance of what occurs whilst a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of objective, places the ideal phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family
“A compelling tribute to americans who paintings with their arms -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological future health Madness.
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