Cre­ative Fo­cus in the Age of Dis­trac­tion

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Gary Ro­gowski, Lin­den Pub­lish­ing (DE­CEM­BER) Soft­cover $18.95 (180pp), 978-1-61035-314-4

All the happy in­spir­ing talk about the im­por­tance of play­ful cre­ativ­ity in a healthy life makes for good copy on a greet­ing card, but cre­ativ­ity is also a deadly se­ri­ous, learned process to pro­fes­sional painters, pot­ters, chefs, sculp­tors, and other artists who work with their hands— even as it’s al­to­gether dif­fer­ent from the cre­ative pro­cesses used by writ­ers, de­scribed in thou­sands of books over the cen­turies.

How in­ter­est­ing, then, to hear from Gary Ro­gowski, a man who carves, builds, and turns beau­ti­ful ob­jects in wood. In Hand­made: Cre­ative Fo­cus in the Age of Dis­trac­tion, he writes of his love of tools, pa­tience, dis­ci­pline, the beauty and be­hav­ior of wood, learn­ing to for­give his daily mis­takes at the bench, why he be­lieves in main­tain­ing ex­cep­tion­ally high stan­dards, and so much more of use to all who care deeply about craft and prac­tice.

He is drawn to wood work­ing be­cause “It is as if, by do­ing this work, you can cap­ture a mo­ment, freeze it in space, give it form, and of­fer it life.” And, yes, it takes such a long time to cre­ate his pre­cious things with his hands, “but the beauty of de­lin­eation, the clar­ity, the def­i­ni­tion of an idea can be such fun.”

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