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Cræft, an inquiry into the origins and true meaning of traditional crafts, Alexander Langlands ; wood engravings, Harry Brockway - hardcover

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 Langlands 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
Table Of Contents
Foreword: The strimmer and the scythe -- Preface: Why cræft? -- 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: Cræft and contemplation
Literary Form
non fiction
First American edition.
First published in 2017 by Faber and Faber Ltd under the title "Cræft : how traditional crafts are about more than just making."
Physical Description
344 pages, illustrations, 25 cm

Library Locations

  • Billerica Public Library

    15 Concord Road, Billerica, MA, 01821, US