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A Craftsman's Legacy

Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning

By Eric Gorges, Jon Sternfeld

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Published By
Algonquin Books
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Number Of Pages
256
Publication Date
May 07, 2019
ISBN
9781616209445

A Craftsman's Legacy

Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning

By Eric Gorges, Jon Sternfeld

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The host of TV’s A Craftsman’s Legacy makes the case that the craftsman’s way--the philosophy, the skills, and the mindset--can provide a helpful blueprint for all of us in our increasingly hurried, mass-manufactured world.

Today, even as so many of us spend hours in front of screens and in the virtual world, there is a growing movement that recognizes the power in the personal, the imperfect, the handmade. Eric Gorges, a metal shaper, taps into that hunger to get back to what’s “real” through visits with the fellow artisans he has profiled for his popular public television program. In this book, he tells their stories and shares the collective wisdom of calligraphers, potters, stone carvers, glassblowers, engravers, wood workers, and more while celebrating the culture they’ve created.

Filled with insights about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship, A Craftsman’s Legacy identifies the craftsman’s shared values: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Gorges extols the benefits of getting out of one’s comfort zone and the importance of learning the traditions of the past in order to carry those values into the future. Along the way, Gorges tells his own story about leaving the corporate world to focus on what he loves. This is a book for seekers of all kinds, an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of modern-day makers--and how they can inspire us all.

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Review quotes

“A congenial and thoughtful host, Eric Gorges takes us on a guided tour of a rare species—resourceful individuals who buck the herd to build purposeful lives through self-employment at skilled crafts and trades.”
Peter Korn, author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

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Product details

Published By
Algonquin Books
Categories
Number Of Pages
256
Publication Date
May 07, 2019
ISBN
9781616209445

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