By Walt Harrington
“This selection of profiles approximately nice American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of an outstanding American craftsman.” --David Grogan, This outdated residence journal.
For Acts of construction, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the United States trying to find the paranormal nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that provides delivery to a sensible paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of pride and success identified good to high-quality craftsmen around the a while.
A builder of enormous 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 merely to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to solid a plaster medallion. every one imbues his paintings with grander purpose—Michael Seward desires the folks who purchase his furnishings to adventure an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wishes his clients’ lives to be evoked in his ground designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely expert international to understand the advanced genius of not just wonderful blacksmithing yet all superb craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production support to reclaim where of expertise in a consumerist period that areas larger worth on revenue and branding than it does on devoted excellence. those craftsmen provide not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but additionally approximately existence.
“Acts of production 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 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 construction is an instance of what occurs while a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of goal, places the appropriate phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a relatives
“A compelling tribute to americans who paintings with their palms -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological wellbeing and fitness insanity.
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