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 provides start to a practical paintings of art—and leaves its maker with a feeling of pride 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 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 basically to construct a home, to renovate a watermill, to solid a plaster medallion. every one imbues his paintings with grander purpose—Michael Seward desires the folks who purchase his furnishings to event an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wishes his consumers’ lives to be evoked in his ground designs; Charles Keller wishes the hugely knowledgeable international to understand the complex genius of not just nice blacksmithing yet all wonderful craftsmen.
The profiles in Acts of construction aid to reclaim where of expertise in a consumerist period that areas greater worth on revenue and branding than it does on committed excellence. those craftsmen supply not just classes approximately craftsmanship, but additionally approximately life.
“Acts of production is a beautiful selection 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 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 software, college of California, Irvine
“Acts of construction is an instance of what occurs whilst a top-notch author, laboring in solitude with purity of function, places the appropriate 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 wellbeing and fitness Madness.
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