A visit to the Folkstreams website can provide a person with some healthy perspective.  It is a rich collection of films of varying length on a wide spectrum of traditions, including handcrafts.  There’s much more to see, but to begin with I’d recommend these:

The Last Shovel Maker

The Pirogue Maker

Alex Stewart: Cooper

Ben’s Mill: Making a Sled

Final Marks: The Art of the Carved Letter

They are enlightening, inspiring, and thought-provoking.  Even better than the Alex Stewart film is the Book Alex Stewart: Portrait of a Pioneer by John Rice Irwin.  It was recommended to me a few years ago by a friend.  It is a special book.

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3 Responses to Folkstreams

  1. Robert Tidd says:

    I ordered the Book at Abesbooks for $4.58. It will be here next week. Thanks for the information.


  2. Dave Fisher says:

    I think you’ll be glad you did, Bob. It is an amazing journey into Appalachian culture and self-reliance. Your jaw will drop many times, and at others you’ll laugh out loud.


  3. Pingback: Der Mollenhauer | David Fisher, Carving Explorations

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