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

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

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In Craft, 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. (W. W. Norton)

By Alexander Langlands

W. W. Norton & Company, January 2018, 352 pages, Hardcover

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