No book has been more influential to the shaping of the philosophy of M&T than William S. Coperthwaite's A Handmade Life. Equal parts memoir, philosophical exploration, and practical examination of concepts such as grace and freedom in our daily lives, this book seeks out the common beauty found in traditional handcraft.
From his years of exploring folk art and cultural lore all around the world, building yurts and friendships along the way, Coperthwaite wove together a unique perspective on life. He presents his thoughts here in a compelling way, offering an approach to being that is both novel and timeless. From seeing beauty on a very small scale (admiring a flower, carving a spoon) to appreciating the benefits of physical work (splitting firewood, building a home that blends with the landscape) to reforming a society based on values of equality and true freedom (teaching our children how to pursue wonder, pursuing non-violent solutions to problems), Coperthwaite's panoramic and provocative writing crackles and warms like a good wood fire on a cold morning. A slow, thoughtful read of this book, taking notes along the way, will challenge you to reconsider most every aspect of the way you live.
We're thrilled to offer this book to our readers.
9" x 9". Softcover. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT. 2007. 144 pages.