Portraits Of The American Craftsman

Author: Tadd Myers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493003267
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Portraits Of The American Craftsman from the Author: Tadd Myers. "Stunning..." - Parade Magazine"A rare pictorial journey across America." - Bookpage Portraits of the American Craftsman is a collection of portraits of the people and products made in small workshops all over the country, with lyrical descriptions of what they make, who they are, and the tradition embedded in their trade. This book is a celebration of the handmade at a time when it’s being embraced by a new generation of DIY and local-focused consumers who are averse to the mass-produced. Award-winning photographer Tadd Myers is four years into a cross-country journey to capture images of the American craftsman engaged in his work. At a time when the public is growing disenchanted by the disposable items that litter the American landscape, the workers in Tadd’s portraits are still using human eyes to guide human hands; the objects they make carry the souls of their makers. His beautifully rendered photographs and profiles celebrate the thriving American culture of true craftsmanship, which is alive and well in all parts of the country: from the Steinway factory in Queens, NY to hatmakers in Tennessee; from a carousel works shop in Ohio to guitar makers in Texas; from hatmakers in Chicago to boatbuilders in Vermont. In the connected realm of photo-rich social media platforms such as Pinterest and Etsy, and in reaction to the mammoth corporations that create and sell us our wares, we’re seeing a boom of Americans of all ages re-evaluating the values that actually inspire them. Away from these conglomerates, the American craftsman keeps a different, more personal kind of work alive – work that is uniquely inspirational and genuine.

Acts Of Creation

Author: Walt Harrington
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780989524162
Size: 49.62 MB
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Acts Of Creation from the Author: Walt Harrington. "This collection of profiles about great American craftsmen is itself the handiwork of a great American craftsman." --David Grogan, " This Old House Magazine" For"Acts of Creation," award-winning journalist Walt Harrington travels America searching for the magical nexus of craft, talent, and mastery that gives birth to a functional work of art-and leaves its maker with a sense of satisfaction and achievement known well to fine craftsmen across the ages. A builder of monumental fireplaces in Maine. A cabinet maker in Maryland. A millwright in Virginia. A locksmith and a house framer in Ohio. A hardwood floor man in Indiana. A blacksmith in Illinois. A stone carver in California. Not one of the fourteen craftsmen and woman profiled believes he or she is working only to build a house, to renovate a watermill, to cast a plaster medallion. Each imbues their work with grander purpose-Michael Seward wants the people who buy his furniture to experience an emotional connection; Chuck Crispin wants his clients' lives to be evoked in his floor designs; Charles Keller wants the highly educated world to appreciate the complicated genius of not only fine blacksmithing but all fine craftsmen. The profiles in "Acts of Creation"help to reclaim the place of craftsmanship in a consumerist era that places higher value on profit and branding than it does on dedicated excellence. These craftsmen offer not only lessons about craftsmanship, but also about life. "Acts of Creation is a lovely collection of literary journalism, written by a master of the form. Walt Harrington's gracefully nuanced prose, full of feeling and finely observed detail, wonderfully conveys the world of craftsmen in all its artful integrity. In the grand tradition of Tracy Kidder, John McPhee and Joseph Mitchell, Harrington offers us a fascinating and enduring homage to men at work." --Barry Siegel; Pulitzer Prize winner; director of the Literary Journalism Program, University of California, Irvine "Acts of Creation is an example of what happens when a top-notch writer, laboring in solitude with purity of purpose, puts the right words in the right order." --Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family "A compelling tribute to Americans who work with their hands and hearts." --Pete Earley, author, "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness."

The Kinfolk Table

Author: Nathan Williams
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 1579656692
Size: 44.57 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Kinfolk Table from the Author: Nathan Williams. Kinfolk magazine—launched to great acclaim and instant buzz in 2011—is a quarterly journal about understated, unfussy entertaining. The journal has captured the imagination of readers nationwide, with content and an aesthetic that reflect a desire to go back to simpler times; to take a break from our busy lives; to build a community around a shared sensibility; and to foster the endless and energizing magic that results from sharing a meal with good friends. Now there’s The Kinfolk Table, a cookbook from the creators of the magazine, with profiles of 45 tastemakers who are cooking and entertaining in a way that is beautiful, uncomplicated, and inexpensive. Each of these home cooks—artisans, bloggers, chefs, writers, bakers, crafters—has provided one to three of the recipes they most love to share with others, whether they be simple breakfasts for two, one-pot dinners for six, or a perfectly composed sandwich for a solo picnic.

Valley Of The Craftsmen

Author: William L. Fox
Publisher: Supreme Council/Thirty Three degree
ISBN: 9780970874917
Size: 66.79 MB
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Valley Of The Craftsmen from the Author: William L. Fox. In Valley of the Craftsmen, the story of "higher degree" Freemasonry is depicted through portraits, official papers, material objects, photographs, buildings, and stagecraft. Featuring many previously unpublished images, Valley of the Craftsmen begins with rare illustrations of the English and French philosophical sources that were projected upon an American landscape vitalized and transformed by the concept of fraternity. The story is framed by American popular culture and the serious private effort of individual men in small towns and expansive cities who were intent on developing a moral life in service to their communities.

The Portrait

Author: Glenn Rand
Publisher: Rocky Nook, Inc.
ISBN: 1492016160
Size: 35.95 MB
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The Portrait from the Author: Glenn Rand. Glenn Rand, longtime photographic educator, and Tim Meyer, Lead Portrait Instructor at Brooks Institute, have collaborated to create a thorough and balanced textbook on the modern techniques and practice of portrait photography. They have crafted a definitive resource for professionals, students, and avid amateurs wishing to advance their skills in this discipline. Glenn and Tim begin by discussing lessons from the masters and the history of photographic portraiture. They build on this foundation and cover all of the technical and aesthetic components of understanding and producing outstanding portraits. Extensive illustrations illuminate the concepts discussed, and the works of outstanding photographers serve as examples of how to apply the lessons in this book. This second edition offers even more illustrations and photographic examples and an expanded discussion about posing. Topics include: Quality of light and the portrait Ambient, continuous, and strobe light sources Understanding light modifiers and enhancers Mastering lighting ratios Importance and selection of backgrounds Extensive coverage of lighting setups Understanding light meters and metering in portraiture Lighting patterns on the human face Facial analysis Composition in portraiture Posing for various types of portraits Eliciting appropriate expression The fine art portrait Portraiture for the masses

Sam Maloof

Author: Fred Setterberg
Publisher: Heyday Books
ISBN: 9781597143332
Size: 46.25 MB
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Sam Maloof from the Author: Fred Setterberg. One of the great masters of midcentury modernism in furniture Maloof pieces are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and other prominent museums

Marie Antoinette S Head

Author: Will Bashor
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493001191
Size: 44.51 MB
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Marie Antoinette S Head from the Author: Will Bashor. Marie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries for the daring in style and fashion that she brought to 18th century France. For the better part of the queen’s reign, one man was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that her coiffure was at its most ostentatious best. Who was this minister of fashion who wielded such tremendous influence over the queen’s affairs? Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Scholarship, Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the rise of Leonard Autie from humble origins as a country barber in the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and premier hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette. By unearthing a variety of sources from the 18th and 19th centuries, including memoirs (including Léonard’s own), court documents, and archived periodicals the author, French History professor and expert Will Bashor, tells Autie’s mostly unknown story. Bashor chronicles Leonard’s story, the role he played in the life of his most famous client, and the chaotic and history-making world in which he rose to prominence. Besides his proximity to the queen, Leonard also had a most fascinating life filled with sex (he was the only man in a female dominated court), seduction, intrigue, espionage, theft, exile, treason, and possibly, execution.