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Handmade : creative focus in the age of distraction

Author: Gary Rogowski
Publisher: Fresno, California : Linden Publishing, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In an era when there are countless competing claims on one's attention, how does one find the internal focus to be creative? For master furniture craftsman Gary Rogowski, the answer is in the act of creative work itself. The discipline of working with one's hands to create unnecessarily beautiful things shapes the builder into a more complete human being. In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Gary Rogowski
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Rogowski
ISBN: 9781610353144 1610353145
OCLC Number: 1011554495
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 183 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Preface --
Pre-amble --
Act one: Discovery and surprise (1. The smell of sawdust ; 2. The scientists ; 3. Jast the mechanic ; 4. Something useless and beautiful ; 5. Beginner's mind ; 7. The valiant plywood rack ; 8. Expectations ; 9. The magician distracts) --
Act two: Practice (10. A hundred shoes a day ; 11. Don't do it! ; 12. Discipline and practice ; 13. You see it? ; 14. What we can agree upon ; 15. The psychic network ; 16. Ruby's knees ; 17. The center of the Universe ; 18. The oak beams of New College, Oxford) --
Act three: Forgiveness and mastery (19. The problem at the bench ; 20. Letters to Molly ; 21. Don't think ; 22. Tools have magic ; 23. Forgiveness).
Responsibility: Gary Rogowski.

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In an era when there are countless competing claims on one's attention, how does one find the internal focus to be creative? For master furniture craftsman Gary Rogowski, the answer is in the act of creative work itself. The discipline of working with one's hands to create unnecessarily beautiful things shapes the builder into a more complete human being. In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft, Rogowski's Handmade is a profound meditation on the eternal value of manual work, creativity, human fallibility, and the stubborn pursuit of quality work. Rogowski tells his life story of how he became a craftsman and how years of persistent work have taught him patience, resilience, tolerance for failure, and a love of pursuing beauty and mastery for its own sake. Part autobiography, part guide to creativity, and part guide to living, Handmade is a book for craftspeople, artists, and anyone who seeks clarity, purpose, and creativity in their work -- and it's the perfect antidote to a modern world that thinks human labor is obsolete.

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