Traditional Crafts of Ireland

The rhythmic turn of the spinning wheel, the jingle of harnessed horses, the ring of the blacksmith's hammer, the scything of summer hay -- all these were once familiar sights and sounds in and around Irish homesteads. In this book, time stands still as we meet the skilled practioners of more than forty traditional Irish crafts, from woodworkers, thatchers, goldsmiths, and potters to glassblowers of the world-famous Waterford crystal, crios weavers from the Aran islands , and the makers of items as varied as harps and quilts, sugan ropes and currachs, dry-stone walls and Irish lace. David Shaw-Smith has traveled the length and breadth of Ireland and its islands to assemble this unique record, documenting the crafts in their natural surroundings before they disappear completely. His superb color photographs are accompanied by his wife Sally's evocative drawing and by texts from some of Ireland's finest historians and folklorists. A magnificent testament to the centuries-old heritage of a vibrant land, Traditional Crafts of Ireland is both a chronicle of times past and a celebration of an enduring culture.

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