Cræft : an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts
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New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.
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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, craeft—in the wake of industrialization.In Craeft, 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 craeft signified an indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and resourcefulness. Rediscovering craft will connect us with our human past, our sense of place, and our remarkable capacity to survive in the harshest of landscapes. Craeft helps us more fully appreciate human ingenuity and the passing on of traditions from generation to generation.
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First American edition.
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344 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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English
ISBN:
9780393635904, 0393635902

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General Note
First published in 2017 by Faber and Faber Ltd under the title "Cræft : how traditional crafts are about more than just making".
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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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APA Citation (style guide)

Langlands, A., & Brockway, H. (2018). Cræft: an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts. First American edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Langlands, Alex and Harry Brockway. 2018. Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Langlands, Alex and Harry Brockway, Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

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Langlands, Alex,, and Harry Brockway. Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts. First American edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2018. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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