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In this attractive ethnography, illustrated with approximately a hundred photos, Douglas Harper examines the "working wisdom" of a machinist with a small store in upstate big apple. Harper provides us this man's philosophy of labor and exhibits how his paintings suits into the internet of lifestyles in his group. as well as rather traditional automobile and farm gear fix, he rebuilds and creates new machines out of salvaged fabrics, drawing on his deep wisdom of those fabrics and the way machines paintings. Harper's research addresses the big problems with the historic shift from the self sustaining paintings of the medieval artisan to business creation and the expanding automation of this present day. His ethnographic abilities carry substance to his attention of de-skilling, alienation, and the clarification of labor within the modern world.

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