Craftsman of the Cumberlands: Tradition and Creativity

Craftsman of the Cumberlands: Tradition and Creativity

by Michael Owen Jones

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Overview

Michael Owen Jones's study of chairmaking in southeastern Kentucky focuses on Chester Cornett, a rural woodworker whose craft became a release from the problems and anxieties in his life; the massiveness of the chairs provided a sense of security and stability, and the virtuosity of their design and construction engendered feelings of self-esteem. Considering other area craftsmen for comparison, Jones explores why people consider aesthetic qualities as well as utilitarian ones in the making of everyday objects. He also looks at the nature of the creative process and the traditions that influence it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813116723
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 01/28/1989
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1The Chairmaking Business1
2The Masterpiece and the New Design48
3Man of Constant Sorrow80
4The Unique and the Antique113
5Security, Seclusion, and Self-Esteem155
6It Takes Half a Fool to Make Chairs196
7The Beauty Part and the Lasting Part235
Bibliographical Notes263
Index284

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