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Eric Gorges: A Craftman's Legacy

Literati is excited to welcome author and craftsman Eric Gorges who will be discussing his new book A Craftman's Legacy: Why Working With Our Hands Gives Us Meaning. Eric will be joined in conversation by Fritz Swanson, printer and Director of Wolverine Press

About A Craftman's Legacy:
The host of TV's A Craftsman's Legacy makes the case that the craftsman's way--the philosophy, the skills, and the mindset--can provide a helpful blueprint for all of us in our increasingly hurried, mass-manufactured world. 

Today, even as so many of us spend hours in front of screens and in the virtual world, there is a growing movement that recognizes the power in the personal, the imperfect, the handmade. Eric Gorges, a metal shaper, taps into that hunger to get back to what's "real" through visits with the fellow artisans he has profiled for his popular public television program. In this book, he tells their stories and shares the collective wisdom of calligraphers, potters, stone carvers, glassblowers, engravers, wood workers, and more while celebrating the culture they've created. 

Filled with insights about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship, A Craftsman's Legacy identifies the craftsman's shared values: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Gorges extols the benefits of getting out of one's comfort zone and the importance of learning the traditions of the past in order to carry those values into the future. Along the way, Gorges tells his own story about leaving the corporate world to focus on what he loves. This is a book for seekers of all kinds, an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of modern-day makers--and how they can inspire us all.

Eric Gorges has been the host of A Craftsman's Legacy since it began in 2014. After a health crisis caused him to reevaluate his life, he sought out one of the best metal shapers in the country and signed on as his apprentice. In 1999, he struck out on his own, opening the custom motorcycle shop, Voodoo Choppers, in Detroit, Michigan, where he lives today. 

Fritz Swanson is a teacher, printer, writer and historian. Fritz is the author of The Last Man for the Job, and A Dirge for the Doubly Dead. He is the director of Wolverine Press, the letterpress publisher of the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan where he also teaches in the English Department.

Event date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A Craftsman’s Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208363
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - May 7th, 2019