Portraits Of The American Craftsman

Author: Tadd Myers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493003267
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"Stunning..." - Parade Magazine"A rare pictorial journey across America." - Bookpage Portraits of the American Craftsman is a collection of portraits of the people and products made in small workshops all over the country, with lyrical descriptions of what they make, who they are, and the tradition embedded in their trade. This book is a celebration of the handmade at a time when it’s being embraced by a new generation of DIY and local-focused consumers who are averse to the mass-produced. Award-winning photographer Tadd Myers is four years into a cross-country journey to capture images of the American craftsman engaged in his work. At a time when the public is growing disenchanted by the disposable items that litter the American landscape, the workers in Tadd’s portraits are still using human eyes to guide human hands; the objects they make carry the souls of their makers. His beautifully rendered photographs and profiles celebrate the thriving American culture of true craftsmanship, which is alive and well in all parts of the country: from the Steinway factory in Queens, NY to hatmakers in Tennessee; from a carousel works shop in Ohio to guitar makers in Texas; from hatmakers in Chicago to boatbuilders in Vermont. In the connected realm of photo-rich social media platforms such as Pinterest and Etsy, and in reaction to the mammoth corporations that create and sell us our wares, we’re seeing a boom of Americans of all ages re-evaluating the values that actually inspire them. Away from these conglomerates, the American craftsman keeps a different, more personal kind of work alive – work that is uniquely inspirational and genuine.

American Craftsmen

Author: Tom Doyle
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0765337517
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Cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by ancestors after a mission gone wrong, magician Army Captain Dale Morton is targeted by Major Michael Endicott, who would protect Dale despite Dale's possibly demonic nature.

Acts Of Creation

Author: Walt Harrington
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780989524162
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"This collection of profiles about great American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of a great American craftsman." --David Grogan, " This Old House Magazine" For"Acts of Creation," award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels America searching for the magical nexus of craft, talent, and mastery that gives birth to a functional work of art-and leaves its maker with a sense of satisfaction and achievement known well to fine craftsmen across the ages. A builder of monumental fireplaces in Maine. A cabinet maker in Maryland. A millwright in Virginia. A locksmith and a house framer in Ohio. A hardwood floor man in Indiana. A blacksmith in Illinois. A stone carver in California. Not one of the fourteen craftsmen and woman profiled believes he or she is working only to build a house, to renovate a watermill, to cast a plaster medallion. Each imbues their work with grander purpose-Michael Seward wants the people who buy his furniture to experience an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wants his clients' lives to be evoked in his floor designs; Charles Keller wants the highly educated world to appreciate the complicated genius of not only fine blacksmithing but all fine craftsmen. The profiles in "Acts of Creation"help to reclaim the place of craftsmanship in a consumerist era that places higher value on profit and branding than it does on dedicated excellence. These craftsmen offer not only lessons about craftsmanship, but also about life. "Acts of Creation is a lovely collection of literary journalism, written by a master of the form. Walt Harrington's gracefully nuanced prose, full of feeling and finely observed detail, wonderfully conveys the world of craftsmen in all its artful integrity. In the grand tradition of Tracy Kidder, John McPhee and Joseph Mitchell, Harrington offers us a fascinating and enduring homage to men at work." --Barry Siegel; Pulitzer Prize winner; director of the Literary Journalism Program, University of California, Irvine "Acts of Creation is an example of what happens when a top-notch writer, laboring in solitude with purity of purpose, puts the right words in the right order." --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family "A compelling tribute to Americans who work with their hands and hearts." --Pete Earley, author, "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness."

Our Kids

Author: Robert D. Putnam
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476769907
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A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have faced diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich, middle class, and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, brilliantly blended with the latest social-science research. “A truly masterful volume” (Financial Times), Our Kids provides a disturbing account of the American dream that is “thoughtful and persuasive” (The Economist). Our Kids offers a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence: “No one can finish this book and feel complacent about equal opportunity” (The New York Times Book Review).

Beyond East And West

Author: Bernard Leach
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571296130
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In our time, Bernard Leach has done for pottery what Henry Moore has done for scuplture. This... infinitely rewarding book is an account of his pilgrimage through life.' Times Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was as renowned in Japan and the East as in Europe and America, both as an artist-craftsman and as a thinker. His interpretation of the traditions of the Orient in the making of pots - and in evolving a philosophy of life - was a lodestar for many potters in the West. Beyond East and West, first published in 1978, is more than an autobiography. Full of sharply-etched and amusing recollections, it contains much of Leach's deeper thought and a great deal too about the practical application of his ideas. Its recurrent theme is the meeting of East and West at all levels - artistic, cultural, social, political.

Outside The Bungalow

Author: Paul Duchscherer
Publisher: Studio
ISBN: 9780670883554
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Explores all aspects of the arts and craft style in bungalow gardens, including fences, screens, gates, arbors, and plantings

American Grotesque

Author: William Mortensen
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781936239979
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A retrospective of the grotesque, occult, and erotic art of William Mortensen includes essays on his life, works, techniques, and influence.

Metal Techniques For Craftsmen

Author: Oppi Untracht
Publisher: Robert Hale Limited
ISBN: 9780709107231
Size: 36.24 MB
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This book gives complete instructions on the handling, working, and finishing of all metals. It begins with basic information and the characteristic qualities of each of the metals met by the craftsman, both precious and base. It then describes the various techniques in working metals, as well as methods of metal fabrication such as smithing, annealing, forging, and casting. The methods of metal finishing, as well as explanations of various hand tools and their uses are also included.

The Portrait Photography Course

Author: Mark Jenkinson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780321766663
Size: 63.52 MB
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The ability to create an effective portrait is probably the single most important skill any aspiring photographer must master. Few professional photographers, whatever their area of specialization, can hope to have a successful career without ever being called upon to create a likeness of another person. The Portrait Photography Course is designed to build a student photographer's experience and get him or her started on a rewarding career. Detailed tutorials cover every aspect of studio and location work, from composition and psychology to complex lighting schemes, equipment options, and digital retouching. Portfolios of exemplary images showcase individual photographers' work and demonstrate techniques explored in the tutorials, while interviews with top portrait photographers shed insight into their methodologies and philosophies. Presented and written by a leading portrait photographer, this book is an indispensable guide to taking professional pictures.¿