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made by handBlack Dog Publishing has graciously offered a copy of the new book Made By Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices by Nick Warner to one lucky Craft Gossip reader. Leave a comment in today’s post by Wednesday June 18, 2014 and you will be entered to win a copy of this book filled with beautiful photos of handmade items and an inside peek into the world they were created in. The stories are inspiring and thoughtful. Open to U.S. residents only please.

More about the book:

Made By Hand is an illustrated survey of some of the finest hand makers operating today. Profiling these makers with large images of themselves, their workshops, products and techniques, Made By Hand walks the reader through tailors, shoe makers, bee keepers, micro breweries, jewellers and more. By focusing on the choice these artisans have made to produce hand made goods in an age where mass-produced, imported wares are cheaper and easier the book is a timely celebration of the return to organic, hand made and home grown that is proliferating worldwide.

Each maker features in a double page spread with interviews probing their techniques, the surrounding tradition and their motivation for working by hand. This is accompanied by trivia, such as the celebrities they have produced for and the most expensive pieces they have ever made.

Prefaced by an introductory text about the ethos of hand making, and with the juxtaposition of traditional craft alongside contemporary hand making throughout, Made By Hand is framed as an address to hand craft as an environmentally friendly and economically healthy resurgence that is not only nostalgic but also progressive and productive.

By Stefanie Girard

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45 Comments so far

  1. Korie Traver on June 9, 2014 2:24 pm

    This looks beautiful! I am the daughter of a woodworker and have always been enthralled with what people can do.

  2. Ann Schuman on June 9, 2014 2:37 pm

    I have admired this kind of work all my life. Would love to have the book

  3. Jenniffer on June 9, 2014 2:59 pm

    A beautiful book

  4. Maria Ida Iglesias on June 9, 2014 3:32 pm

    I’m always interested and curious in what other crafter do, so this is one book that I would definitely like to own.

  5. Stacy Hinojos on June 9, 2014 4:00 pm

    This looks like a fascinating book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

  6. T Kelley on June 9, 2014 6:42 pm

    This sounds like an awesome book!

  7. Chantel Lee on June 9, 2014 7:07 pm

    Sounds interesting!

  8. Donna H on June 10, 2014 12:28 am

    This looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  9. sally dixon on June 10, 2014 8:16 am

    Great looking book full of interesting people and information. My husband would love it!

  10. Shari Harniss on June 10, 2014 8:58 am

    Cool. Please enter me.

  11. Kim K. on June 10, 2014 9:57 am

    This would be a lovely book to win!

  12. Beth B on June 10, 2014 10:38 am

    I know I would thoroughly enjoy this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Jane on June 10, 2014 11:36 am

    Thank you!

  14. Patti Panuccio on June 10, 2014 1:19 pm

    I love books that inspire.

  15. Patricia Sloane on June 10, 2014 1:27 pm

    Would love to win such a treasure!

  16. cynthia on June 10, 2014 1:28 pm

    Looks like a great book!

  17. Mae Conatser on June 10, 2014 1:40 pm

    What a nice tribute to the artisans who endure in this mass production age. What an inspiration to us all. I would love to have this book. Thanx for the opportunity to win.

  18. Joanne Davenport on June 10, 2014 2:39 pm

    oooh! Looks like the cover photo is someone carving out a fiddle! Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

  19. Sarah on June 10, 2014 2:39 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. Denise Swanson on June 10, 2014 2:48 pm

    I love seeing how traditional handcrafted items are made. Such an inspiration!

  21. Cindy S on June 10, 2014 2:50 pm

    Looks like a very interesting book. I traded a quilt for a hand-turned myrtle bowl and really admire his craft as he admired mine.

  22. Rose S. on June 10, 2014 3:08 pm

    I love to see creations of all types.

  23. Mary Lee on June 10, 2014 3:16 pm

    I am in awe of artisans who take such pride in quality rather than quantity. When I was a little girl–not more than 4 or 5–a man up the street from us sat on his porch and carved a miniature set of laced boots out of a small block of wood. I watched, enchanted. I think he worked at a nearby sawmill. I was so thrilled when he gave them to me! I still have that little carving all these decades later and hope that at some point in his life, the man was recognized for the true artist he was. I love books that tell stories of talented people who work with their hands and their hearts.

  24. Dennis Mullins Sr on June 10, 2014 3:40 pm

    Hi, I love working with my hands, I am always making something. I am no longer able to work so I keep busy by making stuff. This book would be one of the best one’s to add.

  25. Vicki H on June 10, 2014 5:32 pm

    I love seeing what others create.

  26. Mary Rokisky on June 10, 2014 6:08 pm

    Would love to give this book to my husband for his birthday.

  27. Terry on June 10, 2014 6:57 pm

    I LOVE artisans! What wonderful products they create and harvest! Wonderful book! I’d love to receive it!

  28. Karey on June 10, 2014 7:04 pm

    Now, this looks like an interesting book!!

  29. Michele T on June 10, 2014 8:58 pm

    Ooooh I would love to get my hands on this book…it looks amazing!!

  30. Ruth on June 11, 2014 2:40 am

    Such a lovely book, especilly the violin/guitar maker on the front! Something I’d love to read.

  31. OHSue on June 11, 2014 11:56 am

    Would love to win this beautiful volume.

  32. Brittany on June 11, 2014 12:11 pm

    I can’t wait to read it!

  33. Danielle F on June 11, 2014 12:29 pm

    I would love to be able to add this to my resources when creating!

  34. kim on June 11, 2014 1:09 pm

    My husband is a great handyman, this would make a nice father’s day present (just a little late)

  35. Rose on June 11, 2014 3:06 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful craft book. I would love to win it to have more ideas to do with my grandson. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  36. melissa on June 12, 2014 10:14 am

    I wouldn’t mind taking a look.

  37. Janet on June 13, 2014 11:27 pm

    there is such charm and beauty in knowing a craftsperson took time and inspiration to create any item of skill and beauty. Support an artist, support enduring beauty in our world!

  38. Cintra harbach on June 14, 2014 3:31 am

    Very interesting, good for my students!

  39. Sara Shalom on June 14, 2014 12:54 pm

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for hosting.

  40. Anita Dehghani on June 15, 2014 12:42 am

    My son-in-law does woodworking when he can. He just got from a short deployment and is enjoying some well earned family time.

  41. Carmen N on June 15, 2014 11:07 pm

    sounds like a wonderful book – thanks for the chance to win

  42. sylvia Bengisoy on June 16, 2014 11:42 am

    Looks like a beautiful book to enjoy on this drizzly gray Seattle day. We have diverse artists in our guild (PNNAG). Food for the spirit.

  43. Jennifer Ogden on June 16, 2014 10:17 pm

    I would love a copy of this great book!

  44. Cheryl on June 17, 2014 2:48 am

    great book, would love to have it!!

  45. Julie on June 18, 2014 9:54 am

    Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway:)

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