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This is, quite simply, the story of a loft conversion. It is also a book about work and identity, about collaboration and pride in skilled craftsmanship, and about what it means to make things with your hands in a consumerism-driven world.
A master carpenter and builder with thirty years' experience, Thorstensen gives a matter-of-fact, reflective voice to the workers who construct our living spaces and our urban environment. He looks upon his tools as an important part of himself and as a reflection of his respect for his trade, and he addresses the gulf in understanding and communication between skilled craftsmen and "academic" workers.
From the moment of a client's phone call to their occupation of a newly constructed living space, Making Things Right tracks the project as it takes shape: the delicate negotiation to establish an optimum plan; the collaboration with a trusted team of specialist painters, plasterers, plumbers, electricians; the handling of materials; the blood, sweat and frustration involved in doing a job well.
Why is it that manual skills are underestimated? After all, working with your hands gives you time to think. With all its practical detail, Making Things Right is the simple philosophy of a working life.
Will interest readers of The Craftsman by Richard Sennett: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain; The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees by Robert Penn; Do No Harm by James Marsh and A Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks
Translated from the Norwegian by Sean Kinsella
- Verlag: MacLehose Press / Quercus
- Artikelnr. des Verlages: 572613
- Seitenzahl: 256
- Erscheinungstermin: 21. September 2017
- Abmessung: 217mm x 135mm x 15mm
- Gewicht: 262g
- ISBN-13: 9780857056696
- ISBN-10: 0857056697
- Artikelnr.: 47571613
A charming book by a master carpenter about the lost arts of craftsmanship and community at work. Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
"Making Things Right is a rare gem of a book. Through a close-grained description of a single project, Ole Thorstenson lovingly reveals the dynamics, the frustrations and the deep fulfillment that make up the life of a master craftsman. As carefully crafted as the work it describes, Making Thing Right has some large lessons to teach: about the heights of human ingenuity, the power of aesthetics, the value of manual work, and the need for empathy and collaboration in work and everyday life. Parents and educators, not least, should take these lessons to heart. Properly understood, they would help to transform the quality of schools and communities, and the life chances of our children and young people." Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of The Element and You, Your Child, and School
The shrewd and plainspoken carpenter Ole Thorstensen turns a domestic building project into a gripping tale of craftsmanship in action. The techniques of fine carpentry come to life here, but it s also clear that to turn a raw space into graceful living quarters calls for more than a strong back and adroit hands. Negotiating with owners, architects and engineers while marshaling his fellow tradesmen compels Thorstensen to become psychologist, sociologist, anthropologist, and historian. After reading Thorstensen s immersive account of his working life you won t look at a carpenter with the same eyes again. David Esterly, author of The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making
A debut author who has spent nearly 30 years as a carpenter, his hands are a 'personal CV', and his memoir, Making Things Right, is an ode to all that they have done. The Economist
"In Thorstensen s skilled hands, the everyday story of a suburban loft conversion is turned into an urgent study on the value of doing good work. It should be widely read." Robert Penn, author of The Man Who Made Things out of Trees
This delightful book takes us with clarity and easy humor into the working life of a master carpenter, revealing the rhythm of skilled labor, the supple intelligence of craft, and the grounded pleasure of working with others to make something new. At heart, Making Things Right is a humane celebration of work done well. Mike Rose, author of The Mind at Work