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A Handmade Life - In Search of Simplicity by William Coperthwaite


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A Handmade Life - In Search of Simplicity by William Coperthwaite

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William Coperthwaite; Photographs by Peter Forbes, Introduction by John Saltmarsh 
ISBN: 978-1-933393-47-9;  9" x 9"; 144 pages; Paperback 

The Nautilus Award 2004
Category: Ecology/Environment

Honoring Distinguished Literary Contribution to Conscious Living and Positive Social Change

William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years has explored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Helen and Scott Nearing, Coperthwaite has fashioned a livelihood of integrity and completeness—buying almost nothing, providing for his own needs, and serving as a guide and companion to hundreds of apprentices drawn to his unique way of being.

A Handmade Life carries Coperthwaite's ongoing experiments with hand tools, hand-grown and gathered food, and handmade shelter, clothing, and furnishings out into the world to challenge and inspire. His writing is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life: house, tools, clothing, and furniture. Richly illustrated with luminous color photographs by Peter Forbes, the book is a moving and inspirational testament to an new/old way of life. 

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