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1 Laird, Ross Grain of Truth The Ancient Lessons of Craft
New York Walker & Company 2001 0802713890 / 9780802713896 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Signed by Laird on title page. DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 0.81 x 8.42 x 6.48 Inches; 187 pages; "Laird, a poet and Vancouver native, reflects on the rewards and frustrations of woodworking in eight pensive chapters ingrained with sensual, sinuous language and an intuitive understanding of the topic's metaphoric possibilities. Whether describing the construction of a wooden hand plane (toolmaking, Laird says, is a particular marker in the evolution from apprentice to craftsman) or the transformation of Brazilian purpleheart wood into a reliquary for his wife's grandmother's remains, Laird artfully conveys his appreciation for natural beauty and spontaneity, his reverence for hardwoods, tools and woodworking methods and his espousal of the Taoist principals that have sustained and nurtured his creative life. Indeed, his burnished prose style counterbalances what otherwise would have been an austere memoir of one man's discipline, dedication to craft and Rilke-like embrace of solitude through work. Because of his temperament, the ongoing restoration of his in-laws' summer house becomes a "sustained immersion in the life of a family"; the construction of a marimba for his two children in the chapter "Deep Water" becomes a "creative journey... to a shadowland of doubt, fear, frustration, and depression." Drawing on past experience, he explores the intersection of creativity and depression and offers insight into confronting its enigmatic challenges. Illustrated with Taoist trigraphs and photographs of his handiwork, this meditative book provides an inspiring glimpse into the creative process." Pub. Weekly 
Price: 14.95 CDN
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Home Tanning of Sole and Harness Leather; with Notes on Raw Hide and Robe Making, Prairie Chemical Co.
2 Prairie Chemical Co. Home Tanning of Sole and Harness Leather; with Notes on Raw Hide and Robe Making
Winnipeg Prairie Publishing Company N.D. Second Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Light edge wear to boards. ; A bright, solid book ; 0.25 x 10.5 x 8 Inches; 23 pages; The red hardcover binding is set to flip open from bottom, creased at top so that it lays flat when open. Above the crease the boards and pages are stapled and covered with red tape. The first page appears to be hand drawn illustrations of equipment to be used. The following pages are instructions and recipes for various treatments of the hides.On the final page appears the instruction write the Prairie Chemical Co. of Winnipeg Manitoba for prices on a list of ingredients required in tanning.This is not dated but appears to be early to mid 20th century. 
Price: 25.00 CDN
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