To research Making a Life, I traveled around the United States and abroad to meet makers in their homes and studios and to talk to them about the role making by hand plays in our lives. In each chapter of the book, I tell their stories and address a different aspect of what we stand to gain when we make by hand. Along with my text are over four hundred photos taken by the extraordinary Rinne Allen. Editing the photo selection down to just a few hundred images was a challenge since Rinne provided thousands of beautiful choices. Shown below are outtakes (images that didn’t make it into the book) for Chapter 1: Remembering, which explores how we can connect with the practices of our ancestors and with the natural world through handwork. To see images from other chapters, click from the menu under the Making a Life tab above. The other chapter titles are Slowing Down, Joining Hands, Making a Home, and Finding a Voice.

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