Book binder and conservator Jeff Peachey wrote a very thoughtful post about craft and meaning under the guise of a review of this book: The Lost Carving by David Esterly. I was unaware of this book but having read Jeff’s review I’m going to buy a copy from my local bookstore. Jeff puts it well: Making things—and the escape from the everyday consciousness that craft provides— is a universal human activity, possibly bordering on a need. I agree with that. And I wish to better understand that need. I can’t wait to receive my copy!
PS: Once upon a time Linda and I owned the bookstore in our small town. That experience made it clear that that online bookseller, you know the one named for a river teeming with piranha, is very bad for small, local business. If you value your local businesses, please shop them first. For a list of your local bookstores check out Indiebound.