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

By Walt Harrington

“This number of profiles approximately nice American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of a good American craftsman.” --David Grogan, This previous apartment Magazine.

For Acts of construction, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the USA looking for 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 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 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 simply to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to forged a plaster medallion. each one imbues his paintings with grander purpose—Michael Seward wishes the folks who purchase his furnishings to adventure an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin desires his consumers’ lives to be evoked in his flooring designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely informed global to understand the complex genius of not just high-quality blacksmithing yet all tremendous craftsmen.

The profiles in Acts of production aid to reclaim where of expertise in a consumerist period that areas larger price on revenue and branding than it does on committed excellence. those craftsmen provide not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but in addition approximately life.

“Acts of construction is a stunning choice of literary journalism, written by way of a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, jam-packed 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 deals 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 objective, places the correct 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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