By Walt Harrington
For Acts of construction, award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels the USA trying to find 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 delight and fulfillment recognized good to nice 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 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 simply 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 folks who purchase his furnishings to event an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin desires his consumers’ lives to be evoked in his flooring designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely expert global to understand the advanced genius of not just nice blacksmithing yet all high-quality craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of production aid to reclaim where of expertise in a consumerist period that locations better 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 beautiful number of literary journalism, written by means of 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 production is an instance of what occurs while a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of objective, places the suitable 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 fingers -- and hearts.” --Pete Earley, writer, loopy: A Father’s seek via America’s psychological wellbeing and fitness Madness.
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