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

Author: Alex Langlands
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 Landlands travels from his home in Wales along the Atlantic seaboard of Europe learning a wide  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Langlands
ISBN: 0393356574 9780393356571
OCLC Number: 1088952301
Notes: "First published in 2017 by Faber and Faber Ltd under the title: Cræft: How Traditional Carafts are About More Than Just Making"--Title page verso.
Description: 344 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: 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: Craeft and contemplation.
Other Titles: Craeft :
Responsibility: Alexander Langlands.

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"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 Landlands 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."

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