Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts (Paperback)

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Even if you have never considered pleaching a hedge or coppicing a tree to supply wands for your wattle hurdle, this investigation of the deep knowledge of ancient crafts is a true pleasure to read. Langlands is a sort-of participatory archaeologist obsessed with knowing where and when objects were found, but also how and why they were made. A treasure trove of lore and language. I loved it, but it cried out for occasional illustrations (line drawings would have been great!)

— Lisa


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393356571
ISBN-10: 0393356574
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English