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A Craftsman’s Legacy

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As someone who was unfamiliar with the author or his show, I wasn't sure what kind of book to expect from a man who builds custom motorcycles for a living, and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a thoughtful, lyrical meditation on the art of making things by hand, taking pride in your work, and mastering a craft that speaks to you. Craftspeople and artisans will be inspired by his discussions with various masters, from calligraphy to woodworking.
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For many, it is easier to go to the store and get whatever you want. Sure, you can buy the things, but there is something special about making the same things with your hands. Being able to complete a project and know that it is something you did, even if no one else finds out about it, is a good feeling. Eric Gorges profiles both crafters and lessons that he has learned in A Craftsman's Legacy.

I've tried different types of building over the years, many projects ended up looking worse than they did before I started. I still like to see what other people have done, so I was interested in seeing what this book had to offer. More than just telling about various crafts, it connects and applies lessons from them to life. Concepts like thinking ahead, patience, and sacrifice, simple ideas that can have a big impact.

A Craftsman's Legacy is encouraging and thought-provoking. One thing that stuck out is that perfection is unattainable, but you should strive for it anyway. Don't be afraid to try just because it might not work. That, and don't dwell on what you have done, but look towards the next project.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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For fans of the tv show, this book offers insight into the host and his theories about “making” as an integral part of living.
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