A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning


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$24.95  $23.20
Algonquin Books
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Eric Gorges has been the host of Public Television's A Craftsman's Legacy since it began in 2014. Before that he worked in the corporate world until a health crisis caused him to reevaluate his life. He sought out one of the best metal shapers in the country and signed on as his apprentice. In 1999, he struck out on his own, opening the custom motorcycle shop, Voodoo Choppers, in Detroit, MI, where he lives today.Normal0falsefalsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONE

Jon Sternfeld is a writer whose work includes Crisis Point, with Senators Trent Lott and Tom Daschle, and A Stone of Hope: A Memoir, with Jim St. Germain. He lives in New York.


"This is a book full of cool stuff and the people who do it . . . Like the kindred-spirit book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Gorges' narrative serves up the lessons that one learns from hard, deliberate, artful work . . . a fine read for DIYers looking to up their game--or get their hands callused in the first place."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Invigorating . . . Digressions on the very real dangers of many of these jobs, the challenge of determining price, and the often circuitous path many artisans take before finding their place (as well as the role of failure in that path), satisfyingly round out the book. This is an impressive and emotionally rich appreciation of the work often taken for granted."
--Publishers Weekly
"It's a serious tome that deals with the significance of work and with principles like honesty, integrity, and purpose, which oddly mirror the world of business. There is indeed much to ponder."--Booklist
"A congenial and thoughtful host, Eric Gorges takes us on a guided tour of a rare species--resourceful individuals who buck the herd to build purposeful lives through self-employment at skilled crafts and trades."
--Peter Korn, author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters