Traditional Crafts of Ireland
- ISBN 9780500511428
- 25.40 x 21.90 cm
- 677 Illustrations, 621 in colour
- First published 2003
‘Superb … a magnificent testament’ – Craftsman
‘We were really gobsmacked by the freshness and sheer beauty of this totally redesigned and recrafted book … ’ – Books Ireland
‘Compelling … a landmark publication whose importance will be recognized by students of the future when these crafts are no more with us … the definitive record’ – Mayo News
A magnificent testament to a centuries-old heritage, Traditional Crafts of Ireland is a chronicle of times past, but also a celebration of an enduring culture and a source of inspiration for generations to come.
We meet the skilled practitioners of more than forty traditional Irish crafts, from woodworkers, thatchers, goldsmiths and potters to glassblowers of the world-famous Waterford crystal, crios weavers from the Aran Islands, and the makers of items as varied as harps and quilts, súgán ropes and currachs, dry-stone walls and Irish lace.
David Shaw-Smith has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and its islands to assemble this unique record, documenting the crafts in their natural surroundings before they disappear completely. His superb colour photographs are accompanied by his wife Sally’s evocative drawings, and by texts from some of Ireland’s finest historians and folklorists.