Fewer, Better Things

Fewer, Better Things

The Hidden Wisdom of Objects

Book - 2018
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"Fewer, Better Things explores the history of craft in its many forms, explaining how raw materials, tools, design, and technique come together to produce beauty and utility in handmade or manufactured items. Whether describing the implements used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, the use of woodworking tools, or the use of new fabrication technologies, Adamson writes expertly and lovingly about the aesthetics of objects, and the care and attention that goes into producing them. Reading this wise and elegant book is a truly transformative experience."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY, USA :, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781632869647
Characteristics: vi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Engaging with the objects around us
Life on Pumpkin Creek
A few words on craft
The paper challenge
Being "hands on"
Tricks of the trade
Tooling up
Learning by doing
Prototyping
One thing for another
Face to face
Communities of respect
Finding our way
The contact zone
The paradise of trust
The view from the hardware store
Time to pay attention
The myth of the dumb object
Going deep
The way of tea
All that is left
Small worlds
Fewer, better things
To have and to hold
Thinking things through
Material science
Handle... with care
Anchor points
The view from Tucumcari
Thinking inside the box
Material histories
The itinerary of plastic
A book of secrets
Facts, not opinions
Two castes, one people?
Epilogue: The virtues of things.
Summary: "Fewer, Better Things explores the history of craft in its many forms, explaining how raw materials, tools, design, and technique come together to produce beauty and utility in handmade or manufactured items. Whether describing the implements used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, the use of woodworking tools, or the use of new fabrication technologies, Adamson writes expertly and lovingly about the aesthetics of objects, and the care and attention that goes into producing them. Reading this wise and elegant book is a truly transformative experience."-- Provided by publisher.

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