So Monday in the House of Lords and Wednesday stood in the rain sawing up logs to make bowl blanks, my life is nothing if not varied at the moment.
Next parcel was a book I bought from www.abebooks.com the second hand web bookstore. One of my all time favourite books is “The unknown craftsman” by Soetsu Yanagi translated by Bernard Leach. I used to have a copy of the companion volume “Hamada Potter” but I lent it to someone, lost track and never got it back. They seem to be not very common and for quite a while all the available copies were very expensive but I picked up this hardback for £40 and am very much looking forward to re reading it.
It is just a lovely little book which clearly sums up the way in which traditional crafts have received no recognition or support to the point that they are dwindling yet they are kept alive by a few dedicated folk. It is nicely presented with a good range of excellent photos of craftspeople, hands at work, tools, materials and products,and all nicely designed too. Not comprehensive but a nice little book.