Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts (Paperback)
Craeft is a fascinating look at some traditional handcrafts, their roots and occasional downfall due to technological advancements. Langlands doesn't shy away from instructional description, sometimes leaving the reader feeling ready to tackle a new project. This is also part philosophical text on the state of 'modern' society and the place of hand craft, and a bit of background on Langlands' own journey as an archaeologist and crafter. —Jack— From Staff Favorites List
Faced with an endless supply of mass-manufactured products, we find ourselves nostalgic for goods bearing the mark of authenticity--hand-made tools, local brews, and other objects produced by human hands. Archaeologist and medieval historian Alexander Langlands reaches as far back as the Neolithic period to recover our lost sense of craft, combining deep history with detailed scientific analyses and his own experiences making traditional crafts. Craft brims with vivid storytelling, rich descriptions of natural landscape, and delightful surprises that will convince us to introduce more craft into our lives.