By Walt Harrington
For Acts of production, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the United States looking for the paranormal nexus of craft, expertise, and mastery that offers start to a practical paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of pride and fulfillment recognized good to advantageous craftsmen around the ages.
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 lady 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 desires 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 desires the hugely informed international to understand the complex genius of not just tremendous blacksmithing yet all high quality craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production aid to reclaim where of workmanship in a consumerist period that areas larger worth 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 production is a stunning number of literary journalism, written by way of a grasp of the shape. Walt Harrington’s gracefully nuanced prose, choked with feeling and finely saw aspect, 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 production 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 americans who paintings with their fingers -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological healthiness Madness.
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