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UPDATE: Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington

comments (87) June 26th, 2014 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington
The Sager Group,2014.
$14.95; 144 pp.

We have 2 winners!

Acts of Creation provides profiles of 14 different craftsmen and aims to illustrate their emotional and spiritual drive create. Examples in the group are woodworkers Michael Seward and Sam Maloof, as well as blacksmith Charlie Keller, locksmith Bob Dix, plaster artisan Lorna Kollmeyer and hardwood floor installer Chuck Crispin. All of the craftsmen are in it for the love of their craft and Harrington sets out to find out why. The profiles explore the working lives of these craftsmen and each essay tells an interesting and entertaining tale.

You won't learn how to make a chair or fix a lock from reading this book, but I think you will appreciate learning where these craftsmen come from and how they approach their crafts. The book is inspirational.

Lucky ken_in_kanata and highly_figured have won the 2 copies of this book we were giving away. Their comments were chosen at random.

Be sure to check back soon for more great giveaways.

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Comments (87)

Calwilliams63 Calwilliams63 writes: Looks like a great read!!!

Posted: 11:10 am on June 25th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: another hat in the ring!
Posted: 8:53 pm on June 24th

noman01 noman01 writes: it is oft said the eyes are the windows of the soul...the hands are the instruments by which the soul and the mind bring its joys to sight....
Posted: 7:17 pm on June 24th

MKWerman MKWerman writes: This sounds really interesting! I would love to read this book.
Posted: 7:16 pm on June 24th

Eric_C Eric_C writes: I have recently read George Walker's and peter Korn's books and would love a chance to read this one also.
Posted: 2:23 pm on June 24th

arnie7 arnie7 writes: I would like to read it, and am interested in the connection of spiritual and creative.
Posted: 2:11 pm on June 24th

user-3274321 user-3274321 writes: After many years away from my woodworking hobby, I am finally able to get back to it as I approach retirement. I would relish this book as I did James Krenovs' books back in the 80's (and still do). I am sure it would give me new inspiration and appreciation of hand craft. Thanks for the opportunity!
Posted: 11:48 pm on June 23rd

tp2 tp2 writes: I have many creative friends, Why not 14 more?
Posted: 9:24 pm on June 23rd

user-3268387 user-3268387 writes: I always like to hear about what makes other artists "tick"! Will look forward to reading this!
Posted: 11:20 am on June 23rd

MacGregorWoodWorks MacGregorWoodWorks writes: Please pick me!!!!
Posted: 10:55 am on June 23rd

Liam076 Liam076 writes: Looks like a terrific book, would love to have it.
Posted: 12:20 am on June 23rd

Hoeppr Hoeppr writes: I always enjoy reading about other craftpeople and there work.
Posted: 6:45 pm on June 22nd

McDonald McDonald writes: I'm interested in this book either way.
Posted: 5:52 pm on June 22nd

peg leg peg leg writes: I want this book!
Posted: 1:47 pm on June 22nd

leeh522 leeh522 writes: Always looking for inspiration.
Posted: 1:01 pm on June 22nd

workbench1 workbench1 writes: This would be a fine addition to my library.
Posted: 12:54 pm on June 22nd

werimus werimus writes: This would be a welcome addition to my library.
Posted: 11:37 am on June 22nd

sawdustjeff1 sawdustjeff1 writes: Another major component to our craft: skill; patience AND creativity. While I enjoy the finished product, I love the process.
Posted: 10:10 am on June 22nd

ken_in_kanata ken_in_kanata writes: This would be an awesom to read and have in my collection. Count me in.
Posted: 7:16 am on June 22nd

the_wild_lucy the_wild_lucy writes: Fine furniture and talented craftsmen.
Posted: 6:20 am on June 22nd

jsbergner jsbergner writes: Allowing the creative side to explore and flourish is a wonderful thing to be able to do. It is one of my favorite ways to spend time. I will look forward to reading this book, either as a gift, or a purchase. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Posted: 5:11 am on June 22nd

user-3027697 user-3027697 writes: Sounds like a really inspiring read. Its always good to hear what makes craftsmen tick. These people are ambassadors for this passion and love of ours.
Posted: 2:58 am on June 22nd

resident resident writes: Was Sam Maloof's love of his work why he was as active as long as he was?
Posted: 12:56 am on June 22nd

DustySawbuck DustySawbuck writes: We all strive to be as good as we can be at our chosen craft. There are a scattered few in each profession who are passionate enough about their chosen field that they strive to be the best they can be. Do we try to emulate them? Are we willing to sacrifice parts of our lives to live like them? Perhaps we are fortunate enough to take classes from them or watch their YouTube videos. These are the unsung masters and I have been fortunate to have known a few in my life who work with the same materials as I enjoy; wood, metal and glass.
I am always interested in learning more from skilled craftsmen and women since I will certainly never know it all. Oftentimes, understanding how a master craft-person perceives a task or a project makes a huge difference in my own approach to challenges.
One thing about this book is true for any reader. We could not find the time or the initiative to seek out these talented craftspeople and most of us don't have the talent to interview them either. We don't have to do any of that; Walt Harrington has done all the work for us. All we have to do is read, learn and appreciate that which he is passionate about.
Of course, two of us will be obliged to write reviews; a small price to pay compared to the author's work. Looking forward to a good read...
Gyro Gearloose
Posted: 12:12 am on June 22nd

HSP HSP writes: Quite a collection of artists, look forward to seeing it when it comes out.
Posted: 9:33 pm on June 21st

grin grin writes: I'd love it.
Posted: 7:28 pm on June 21st

tom8021 tom8021 writes: I will definitely review it .
Posted: 5:28 pm on June 21st

antennados antennados writes: Great cover art and title, I'd pick it up and consider buying it based on just that.
Posted: 3:49 pm on June 21st

joker28 joker28 writes: Would love to add this to my library!
Posted: 3:02 pm on June 21st

LawlessR LawlessR writes: In this age of technology, where anything we need can be made by a machine, it is inspiring to know that there are creative crafts people still using their hands and brains to create legacy pieces.
I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy of this book.
Posted: 2:51 pm on June 21st

Eris Eris writes: I'm in. I love to read anything on craftsmanship!
Posted: 2:31 pm on June 21st

user-2560066 user-2560066 writes: Looks like a great book!! looking forward to reading the epilogue: When Work is Worship.
Posted: 2:22 pm on June 21st

rbmabie rbmabie writes: I would appreciate winning one of your books. I am very interested in fine hand crafted woodwork. Richard Mabie
Posted: 1:48 pm on June 21st

Koa Wood Koa Wood writes: Integrity in design, pride in craftsmanship.These are my personal guiding points for which I set my internal compass. Making big money, getting rich were never my objectives...they are distracting to the creative process. However, as I am guided by these "compass points" something of great value is produced. The outcome is that people want your creations and are willing to pay fairly to own them. By default the money comes; not rich just making a very good living. Money should never be the objective. Integrity and pride are paramount.
Posted: 1:33 pm on June 21st

mrkhnsn88 mrkhnsn88 writes: The subject of this book, and several others like those by Peter Korn, David Pye, James Krenov (ones I have read so far) is the most intriguing aspect of woodworking and building trades for me. What makes it more than just . . . work?
Posted: 1:18 pm on June 21st

FarRed FarRed writes: Does it have to be a good comment?
Posted: 12:35 pm on June 21st

DrArt DrArt writes: Always nice to see the skill, and ideas of craftsmen.
Posted: 10:58 am on June 21st

sawdust55109 sawdust55109 writes: More inspirational reading. I like it!!
Posted: 10:51 am on June 21st

Zabo2 Zabo2 writes: I like it.
Posted: 10:13 am on June 21st

Zabo2 Zabo2 writes: I like it.
Posted: 10:13 am on June 21st

Zabo2 Zabo2 writes: I like it.
Posted: 10:13 am on June 21st

Bill_Corinne_Graefe Bill_Corinne_Graefe writes: As the first girl in my shop class, (ok, so that dates me, yes, 40 years ago...) I've always wondered why there aren't more female woodworkers. Maybe this book will help inspire some. Looking forward to reading it.
Posted: 10:12 am on June 21st

retired08 retired08 writes: I'd love to see this book and be inspired by it. One thing I've learned in my 6 decades of work is that many who get recognized for their craft have "right place-right time" on their side. I don't mean that to be cynical but in most endeavors like this (or singing, acting, painting,etc.) there are hundreds of extremely talented people but only a hand full will achieve the notoriety and fame.
Posted: 9:11 am on June 21st

MrEdCa831 MrEdCa831 writes: Looks like a great book, & I could use some inspiration at this time of my life. Send it this way & a great review will follow!
Posted: 9:10 am on June 21st

Dahlbergia Dahlbergia writes: I'd really enjoy reading this!
Posted: 9:00 am on June 21st

graydane graydane writes: Another great page turner for a woodworker!
Posted: 8:57 am on June 21st

user-4536160 user-4536160 writes: Sounds like a great read, can't wait
Posted: 8:32 am on June 21st

Marktech Marktech writes: Count me in, I could use more inspiration, my wife said so. :)
Posted: 8:24 am on June 21st

highly_figured highly_figured writes: It is always interesting to read about inspirational crafters.
Throw my hat in the ring.
Posted: 7:39 am on June 21st

jbeal jbeal writes: looks great. Sign me up.
Posted: 7:37 am on June 21st

rcheek rcheek writes: Sounds like an interesting read. Would love to win a copy.
Posted: 7:08 am on June 21st

bartlettaj bartlettaj writes: Yes please
Posted: 7:02 am on June 21st

bartlettaj bartlettaj writes: Yes please
Posted: 7:02 am on June 21st

JKFrey JKFrey writes: I love these types of books!
Posted: 6:24 am on June 21st

Aubut Aubut writes: Would love to win this book, if not I will surely by it.
Posted: 6:23 am on June 21st

sfwild sfwild writes: I met Sam Maloof and visited his home/workshop. he was one of the nicest guys ever. He and James Krenov were my first inspirations.
Posted: 6:06 am on June 21st

Renoactor Renoactor writes: Just yesterday, my wife said she had grown tired of inspiring me, so the timing here is propitious. ;-)
Posted: 5:46 am on June 21st

mitrejoint mitrejoint writes: Would love to read the book, looks interesting
Posted: 5:32 am on June 21st

John_Moran John_Moran writes: Just what I have been waiting for.
Posted: 4:58 am on June 21st

griph0n griph0n writes: Interesting.
Posted: 4:35 am on June 21st

opie123 opie123 writes: Inspiration?...count me in!
Posted: 3:04 am on June 21st

mathandtrout mathandtrout writes: Every piece of wood has a soul; seek its perfect use.
Posted: 5:24 pm on June 20th

WiseGuy81 WiseGuy81 writes: Should be a good read.
Posted: 1:48 pm on June 20th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: Inspiration... I'll take all I can get.
Posted: 12:10 pm on June 20th

mdgogolen mdgogolen writes: I'd like a copy!
Posted: 8:12 am on June 20th

StephenPaul StephenPaul writes: sounds like an excellent book. I would love to have a copy.
Posted: 1:36 am on June 20th

Nickdarr Nickdarr writes: I would enjoy the book.
Posted: 1:01 am on June 18th

realreal realreal writes: Should be an interesting and inspiring book.
Posted: 12:06 am on June 18th

woodchest24 woodchest24 writes: Donald Dunlap (now retired) is a fabulous example of
the finest cabinetmaker creations available. He also is the author
of 'Dunlap Cabinetmakers' - a history of his family and their
contributions to American Cabinetry and Design. I think he
would love a copy ( I hope he was mentioned).
Posted: 10:07 pm on June 17th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: Count me in too please!
Posted: 9:44 pm on June 17th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Another hat in the ring!
Posted: 9:15 pm on June 17th

jcwnr jcwnr writes: Super choice
Posted: 8:36 pm on June 17th

BA3 BA3 writes: This looks darn interesting... inspiring!
Posted: 4:24 pm on June 17th

Rambler Rambler writes: This looks like a beautiful book.
Posted: 1:18 pm on June 17th

ThomasII ThomasII writes: I would love to read about the creative drives possessed by the best!
Posted: 12:28 am on June 17th

Nitreug Nitreug writes: I want to learn from the great ones!
Posted: 8:04 pm on June 16th

jlittleton jlittleton writes: I would love to read this book. I'm always interested in what drives a person to create anything unique and special.
Posted: 4:34 pm on June 16th

Avispex Avispex writes: I think this looks like a great book. Please enter me for a chance to win one.

Posted: 1:19 pm on June 16th

user-2419637 user-2419637 writes: I would love to have this book.

Posted: 11:22 am on June 16th

jdm92562 jdm92562 writes: Count me in!
Posted: 10:23 am on June 16th

Barkley629 Barkley629 writes: Looks like a nice book.
Posted: 9:49 am on June 16th

The_Oaken_Forge The_Oaken_Forge writes: I would enjoy winning this book, additionaly I would also enjoy bacon. I don't however need bacon to enjoy this book, but it helps..
Posted: 8:51 am on June 16th

Silverchief Silverchief writes: I would love to have this book.
Posted: 2:14 pm on June 15th

gwjockey gwjockey writes: This looks like a fun book
Posted: 9:05 am on June 15th

lowriderray lowriderray writes: This would make a great addition to my library
Posted: 9:09 pm on June 14th

Posted: 8:57 am on June 14th

jbeal jbeal writes: Looks great. Sign me up.
Posted: 8:15 am on June 14th

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