By Walt Harrington
For Acts of production, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the United States looking for the mystical nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that provides delivery to a useful paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of pride and success identified good to superb 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 basically 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 adventure an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wishes his consumers’ lives to be evoked in his flooring designs; Charles Keller desires the hugely expert global to understand the complex genius of not just nice blacksmithing yet all superb craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of construction support to reclaim where of expertise in a consumerist period that locations better worth on revenue and branding than it does on devoted 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 means of a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, filled with feeling and finely saw element, splendidly conveys the area 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 whilst a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of goal, places definitely the right phrases within the correct order.” --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, writer of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family
“A compelling tribute to american citizens who paintings with their palms -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological health and wellbeing Madness.
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