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Peter Korn , Traber Burns

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15. April 2014

Why do we make things? Why do we choose the emotionally and physically demanding work of bringing new objects in to the world with creativity and skill? Why does it matter that we make things well? What is the nature of work? And what is the nature of a good life?

Part memoir, part polemic, part philosophical reflection, this is a book about the process of creation and what it means to be a craftsman in a mass produced world. The good life that society prescribes - the untrammelled pursuit of wealth, fame, leisure and consumption - often leaves some essential part of us malnourished. We may be capable, competent individuals yet find ourselves starved for avenues of engagement that provide more satisfying sustenance. Furniture making, practiced as a craft in the 21st century, is a decidedly marginal occupation. Yet the view from the periphery can be illuminating.

For woodworker Peter Korn, the challenging work of bringing something new and meaningful into the world through one's own efforts is exactly what generates authenticity, meaning, and fulfilment, for which many of us yearn. This is not a 'how-to' book in any sense, Korn wants to get at the 'why' of craft in particular, and the satisfaction of creative work in general, to understand their essential nature. How does the making of objects shape our identities? How do the products of creative work inform society? In short, what does the process of making things reveal to us about ourselves? Korn draws on four decades of hands-on experience to answer these questions eloquently in this heartfelt, personal and revealing book.

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Heartfelt and thought-provoking, an eloquent meditation on the nature of work and craftsmanship and why it matters, more than ever, that we value the process of making things well. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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Peter Korn is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Furniture Craftmanship, a woodworking and design school in Rockport, Maine. A furniture maker since 1974, his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. In addition to writing Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman, which won the 2014 Maine Literary Award, Korn is the author of several how-to books. These include the best-selling Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship and The Woodworker's Guide to Hand Tools. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


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Why We Make Things is a book of introspection, history, scholarship, and enlightenment. Peter Korn deftly weaves stories of self, others, craft, and minds into a compelling and riveting narrative. In light of today’s widespread “Maker Movement”—most of it centered on digital tools—it is illuminating to return to physical making for insights into craft as a form of self-fashioning wherein each of us, through human effort and creativity, can put our own personal spin on tradition and, in turn, transform tradition, ourselves, and, perhaps, society as well. The claims in the book about mind and meaning are all empirically well supported in current research, though Korn does not belabor this fact. However, the book goes beyond facts that are true to discuss facts that matter. In the end, the book exemplifies something that scholarship is only now coming to realize: mind, emotion, values, and the self all merge and reinforce each other in the act of mindful making. The book is artfully written and is a fully engaging read. In my own view, we live today in the midst of many crises because we have forgotten—often in the pursuit of greed and ideology—that the world “talks back” when you act on it and that failing to listen to it with respect is dangerous for body and soul. Why We Make Things lovingly shows how we can listen to things to become better people.
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Both honest and inviting, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters, is a book worth stopping long enough to read. Korn's memoir of how his craft has shaped him has wide applicability to other fields and lives, including my own field of urban education. When work is a vocation rather than a career, there are endless possibilities for growth in attending to the most minute, seemingly mundane interaction. A book for us all.
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This is a book for adults of all ages and occupations. It is a thoughtful review of a life's journey as well as an educational and philosophical template for anyone thinking deeply about their own meaning and contribution. Looking back, we can each see a trajectory to our lives but rarely do we think or analyze what it means to community as a whole or how it fits into an historical era.
Peter Korn's expansion from self to others, the fruition of his exquisite intellectual training and capacity to integrate, and his willingness to hone his skills over years of intensive labor - all testify to the power of creativity and the wonder of the human spirit.
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This book turned out to be less philosophy and more autobiography. It was still good but not what I expected.
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