Craeft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts

Craeft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts

by Alexander Langlands


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“Hypnotic.… [Langlands] begins to see not just the beauty of an object.… but the deeper purpose for which each has been created.” —New York Times

Faced with an endless supply of mass-manufactured products, we find ourselves nostalgic for goods bearing the mark of authenticity—hand-made tools, local brews, and other objects produced by human hands. Archaeologist and medieval historian Alexander Langlands reaches as far back as the Neolithic period to recover our lost sense of craft, combining deep history with detailed scientific analyses and his own experiences making traditional crafts. Craft brims with vivid storytelling, rich descriptions of natural landscape, and delightful surprises that will convince us to introduce more craft into our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356571
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 297,647
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alexander Langlands is a British archaeologist and medieval historian. He is a regular presenter for the BBC and teaches medieval history at Swansea University. He currently resides in Swansea, Wales.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Strimmer and the Scythe 1

Preface: Why Cræft? 7

1 Defining Cræft 13

2 Making Hay 39

3 Sticks and Stones 55

4 Grenjaðarstaður 79

5 The Skep-making Beekeeper 91

6 Taming the Wilds 109

7 Weft and Warp 131

8 Under Thatch 165

9 The Shoe and the Harness 193

10 Seed and Sward 217

11 The Oxna Mere 235

12 Fire and Earth 263

13 The Craft of Digging 295

14 Baskets and Boats 311

Postscript: Craft and Contemplation 335

Acknowledgements 344

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