Listening to Stone

Listening to Stone

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York, NY :, Artisan,, 2008
ISBN: 9781579653712
Branch Call Number: ANF 779.36 SNO
Characteristics: xiii, 145 pages : illustrations (some colour), map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mauss, Peter

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Jul 04, 2011

If you love rocks, you’ll enjoy looking at the photographs of the dry stone (no mortar) structures the author builds. I especially enjoyed learning about the unique dry stone walls in Ireland’s Aran Islands; the rocks were piled helter skelter at all angles with frequent open spaces without using any mortar and yet they’ve survived since the 18th century.
However, if, as the book cover promises, you're hoping for a bit more philosophy mixed in with the discussion of tools and techniques for handling rocks, then you will probably be disappointed. A better book for that is "The Work of Craft, An Inquiry into the Nature of Crafts and Craftsmanship" by Carla Needleman. She writes of being a potter but her reflections on work, the lessons of failure, the temptation to stay with the familiar, etc. are as applicable to writers and businesspeople as to artists of all kinds.

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