Craftsman of the Cumberlands: Tradition and Creativity

Craftsman of the Cumberlands: Tradition and Creativity

by Michael Owen Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 081319038X

ISBN-13: 9780813190389

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Why do people consider aesthetic qualities as well as utilitarian ones in the making of everyday objects? Why do they maintain traditions? What is the nature of their creative process? These are some of the larger questions addressed by Michael Owen Jones in his book on craftsmen in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Kentucky. Concentrating on the work of one man,

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Why do people consider aesthetic qualities as well as utilitarian ones in the making of everyday objects? Why do they maintain traditions? What is the nature of their creative process? These are some of the larger questions addressed by Michael Owen Jones in his book on craftsmen in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Kentucky. Concentrating on the work of one man, woodworker and chairmaker Chester Cornett, Jones not only describes the tools and techniques employed by Cornett but also his aspirations and values. Cornett possessed a deep knowledge of his materials and a mastery of construction methods. Some of his chairs represent not objects of utility but aesthetic developments of the chair form. Cornett sought to cope with the problems of his life, Jones maintains; their massiveness provided a sense of security, the virtuosity of their design and construction, a feeling of self-esteem. Jones also compares other area craftsmen and their views about their work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813190389
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
3RD
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,325,388
Product dimensions:
0.68(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1The Chairmaking Business1
2The Masterpiece and the New Design48
3Man of Constant Sorrow80
4The Unique and the Antique113
5Security, Seclusion, and Self-Esteem155
6It Takes Half a Fool to Make Chairs196
7The Beauty Part and the Lasting Part235
Bibliographical Notes263
Index284

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