An excerpt from Portraits of the American Craftsman by Tadd Myers, Photographer/Author
Portraits of the American Craftsman is a celebration of the handmade in America—from piano builders in Queens to pipe makers in Tennessee; a carousel workshop in Ohio to a guitar maker in Texas. The book features images and profiles of thirty companies from across the nation.
“Our country has seen many years of decline in American manufacturing, yet it is this sector of our economy that built this wonderful nation. Portraits of the American Craftsman is a celebration of the many men and women who still handcraft beautiful products right here in the United States of America. It has been an honor and a pleasure to shine a light on these companies and tell their story—a story that lives on inside the objects they continue to produce, day in and day out. They have found that this type of work contributes to their quality of life, creates a personal legacy, and provides a sense of accomplishment in a much more fulfilling way. They have also realized that if they put a piece of themselves into what they create, part of it stays in the work and yet another very important part continues to live inside themselves.
The book is dedicated to my father, Landis Wilson Myers, a true craftsman himself. He was a woodworker, homebuilder, metalworker, guitar player, printing pressman, baseball player, self-made businessman, and a ‘fixer’ of almost anything. My father loved working with his hands and would have felt a very deep connection to this book.”
The book is now available at your local independent bookstore. Find one near you…