CRAEFT


CRAEFT

ALEXANDER LANGLANDS    Book Number: 87061    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'How Traditional Crafts Are About More Than Just Making'. Sir Christopher Frayling called craft "A word to start an argument with". It has something to do with making and making with a perceived authenticity - by hand, with love, from raw natural materials, to a desired standard. Hobbycraft, the retail giant, is the best illustration that we still revel in this pastime of using our hands to create something that can be given, enjoyed and cherished. Through a series of vibrant mini-histories, Langlands tells with his trademark energy and charm of a resurrected medieval world where back-breaking labour was fused with imaginative skill. Chapters include Making Hay, Sticks and Stones, the Skep-Making Beekeeper, Weft and Warp, Under Thatch, The Shoe and the Harness, Seed and Sward, Fire and Earth, and baskets and boats among them. We travel around the countryside in Britain and Scotland to the Outer Hebrides where we see a complete overhaul of a roof, a section cut through the thatch exposing layers representing no fewer than five episodes of thatching in a world where the average windspeed was over 97 knots per second. The durability is testimony to the skill of the Hebridean thatchers. Faggoting, tanneries, we learn that leather was to prove invaluable for producing drive belts for engines, hoses, valves and washers for pumps, hood for roofing of carriages and coaches and upholstery for home furniture. A wonderfully browseworthy history. 344pp.
Published price: £20
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ISBN 9780571324408
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