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CATSKILL CRAFTS

Smiley, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0517567008 / ISBN 13: 9780517567005
Published by Crown, NY, 1988
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first prnt. Color and black & white photographs. Spine ends slightly pushed; dustjacket with touch of edgewear (not immediately apparent). Near Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Smiley's first non-fiction. Bookseller Inventory # 900317

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Title: CATSKILL CRAFTS

Publisher: Crown, NY

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Reveals the special qualities that have enabled artisans of the Catskill region to develop and sustain a remarkable craft tradition, and details all the processes involved in making handwoven cloths, ceramics, and other items

From Publishers Weekly:

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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