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Catskill Crafts Artisans of The Catskill Mountains Hardcover – December 23, 1987

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In her first nonfiction work, the author of Barn Blind fashions what she calls a "friendship quilt" from interviews with artisans who see their choice to live in the the New York Catskill Mountains region as being significantly entwined with their decision to live by craftsmanship. Fourth-generation Catskill dwellers as well as recent escapees from Manhattan explore a diversity of craft, which Smiley defines as "the making of useful objects by hand, one at a time." New techniquessuch as the use of casting and molds in potteryare implemented alongside traditional ones in fashioning quilts, furniture, paper dolls and stained-glass windows. Unfortunately, charming descriptions of country life wax sentimental and bog down in minutiae; Smiley's intricate descriptions of dry-fly tying, thread spinning and the like won't interest general readers. Examples of the crafts and the lovely rustic environs are evinced in complementary photographs, but the vivid color shots are more successful and sharper than the grainy black-and-white pictures.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers; 1st edition (December 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517567008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517567005
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,210,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful book. The author has woven, beautifully, the creative and personal lives of the Catskill artisans profiled in the book. Smiley has painstakingly described, almost step-by-step, the creative process of each individual. The reader will appreciate and enjoy both the creative writing by the author and the perfected crafts of the Catskill artists.
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