A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning

A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning

by Eric Gorges, Jon Sternfeld

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Overview


A book for makers, for seekers of all kinds, an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of artisans—and how their collective wisdom can inspire us all.
 
"Despite our technological advances, we’re busier than ever, our lives more frazzled. That’s why the handmade object, created with care and detail, embodying a history and a tradition, is enormously powerful. It can cut through so much and speak in ways that we don’t often hear, or that we’ve forgotten." —Eric Gorges, from A Craftsman’s Legacy
 
In this joyful celebration of skilled craftsmen, Eric Gorges, a corporate-refugee-turned-metal-shaper, taps into a growing hunger to get back to what’s real. Through visits with fellow artisans—calligraphers, potters, stone carvers, glassblowers, engravers, woodworkers, and more—many of whom he’s profiled for his popular television program, Gorges identifies values that are useful for all of us: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Most of all, A Craftsman’s Legacy shows how all of us can embrace a more creative and authentic life and learn to focus on doing what we love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616208363
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 100,747
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Eric Gorges has been the host of Public Television's A Craftsman's Legacy since it began in 2014. Before that he worked in the corporate world until a health crisis caused him to reevaluate his life. He sought out one of the best metal shapers in the country and signed on as his apprentice. In 1999, he struck out on his own, opening the custom motorcycle shop, Voodoo Choppers, in Detroit, MI, where he lives today.Normal0falsefalsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONE

Jon Sternfeld is a writer whose work includes Crisis Point, with Senators Trent Lott and Tom Daschle, and A Stone of Hope: A Memoir, with Jim St. Germain. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Our Hands 1

1 The Battle for Perfection 5

2 Tearing Up Floors 17

3 Focus 32

4 Forethought 34

5 Sacrifice 46

6 Falling for Bikes 63

7 Respect 70

8 The Give-and-Take 86

9 Underwater 97

10 Finding Peace 103

11 Discovery 116

12 Tradition 131

13 Shrinking the World 151

14 Legacy 159

15 Individuality 173

16 A Special Kind of Stupid 187

17 Connection 197

18 Purpose 204

19 A Craftsman's Legacy 214

Conclusion: Day One 223

Appendix: Featured Craftsmen 231

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 239

About the Authors 245

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