John McPhee
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2000, 1975, English
Nonfiction, Product/Industrial Design
ISBN: 9780374272074
On 2 book lists
Bruce Hannah

Reporting is something all designers should learn to do. John McPhee’s story of Henri Vaillancourt, one of the few people today who can build a bark canoe, is about the irony of craft and the survival of just about everything related to it. This is required reading in my design classes, not just because of the brilliant writing, but also because of the connections between design and craft. The history lessons are an added bonus.

Richard Sachs

A pal and industry colleague of mine, Grant Peterson, gave me this book 20 years ago. We were going through periods of introspection, each looking for more in our trade than the trade itself offered back. If I recall, Grant thought a book like this one could strengthen our resolve, and we’d both be better people and craftsmen for having read it.

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