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The Resource Cræft : an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts, Alexander Langlands

Cræft : an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts, Alexander Langlands

Label
Cræft : an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts
Title
Cræft
Title remainder
an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts
Statement of responsibility
Alexander Langlands
Title variation
Craft
Title variation remainder
an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Old English word "craeft" signified knowledge, skill, wisdom, and resourcefulness. Today, in the wake of industrialization, people are again seeking products made with authenticity -- artisan breads, local honey, craft beers, furniture and other goods made by human hands. Archaeologist and medieval historian Alexander Langlands travels from his home in Wales along the Atlantic seaboard of Europe learning a wide range of traditional manual skills, and searching for the lost meaning of craeft
  • "In the midst of a seemingly endless supply of mass-manufactured products, we find ourselves nostalgic for products bearing the mark of authenticity--hand-made furniture, artisan breads, craft beers, and other goods produced by human hands. What often goes unnoticed is the transformation of our understanding of craft--or rather, cræft--in the wake of industrialization. In Cræft, archaeologist and medieval historian Alexander Langlands argues that our modern understanding of craft only skims the surface. His journeys from his home in Wales have taken him along the Atlantic seaboard of Europe, from Spain through France and England to Scotland and Iceland in search of the lost meaning of craft. Reaching as far back as the Neolithic period, he combines deep history with scientific analyses and personal anecdotes. We follow the author as he herds sheep, keeps bees, tans hides, spins wool, and thatches roofs. We learn that scythes work much better on tall grass than the latest model of weed trimmers, that you can spin wool using a large wooden spoon, and that it was once considered criminal to work on animal hides before a requisite twelve-month soak. When it first appeared in Old English, the word cræft signified an indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and resourcefulness. Rediscovering cræft will connect us with our human past, our sense of place, and our remarkable capacity to survive in the harshest of landscapes. Cræft helps us more fully appreciate human ingenuity and the passing on of traditions from generation to generation." -- Publisher's description
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DLC
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Langlands, Alex
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1958-
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Brockway, Harry
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  • Material culture
  • Artisans
  • Handicraft industries
  • Antiquities, Prehistoric
Label
Cræft : an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts, Alexander Langlands
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Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in 2017 by Faber and Faber Ltd under the title "Cræft : how traditional crafts are about more than just making"
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword: The strimmer and the scythe -- Preface: Why cræft? -- Defining cræft -- Making hay -- Sticks and stones -- Grenjaðarstaður -- The skep-making beekeeper -- Taming the wilds -- Weft and warp -- Under thatch -- The shoe and the harness -- Seed and sward -- The oxna mere -- Fire and earth -- The craft of digging -- Baskets and boats -- Postscript: Cræft and contemplation
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9780393635904
Lccn
2017047723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)988281164
  • (OCoLC)ocn988281164
  • 933259
Label
Cræft : an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts, Alexander Langlands
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in 2017 by Faber and Faber Ltd under the title "Cræft : how traditional crafts are about more than just making"
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword: The strimmer and the scythe -- Preface: Why cræft? -- Defining cræft -- Making hay -- Sticks and stones -- Grenjaðarstaður -- The skep-making beekeeper -- Taming the wilds -- Weft and warp -- Under thatch -- The shoe and the harness -- Seed and sward -- The oxna mere -- Fire and earth -- The craft of digging -- Baskets and boats -- Postscript: Cræft and contemplation
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
344 pages
Isbn
9780393635904
Lccn
2017047723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)988281164
  • (OCoLC)ocn988281164
  • 933259

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