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The Nature and art of workmanship Unknown Binding – 1968


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  • ASIN: B0017GXLV6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Peter H Parkinson on 26 Sept. 2013
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This book was first published in 1968 and I must have read it at that time, but never owned a copy. Reading it again now, confirms that this is a seminal book on the subject, written in a straightforward, engaging and unpretentious style. David Pye was an architect, designer and Professor of Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art, but above all a craftsman. He knew what he was talking about, both from critical observation and from practical experience.

This is not a long book, but it analyses design and craftsmanship with an admirable clarity and introduces ideas which have stayed with me since my first reading of the book. For example the simple but intriguing division of making techniques into "the workmanship of certainty" and "the workmanship of risk." This book is essential reading for every designer, craftsperson, critic and commentator with an interest in the crafts.
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Perfect for my 3D Design BA and at an excellent price. Covers most of the material I need and very well written. Arrived quickly and packaged well. I would certainly buy from this seller again. Delighted with this purchase.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Urban on 8 Jan. 2014
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The logic and usefulnes of the presented classification of workmanship is well done and clearly illustrated by many examples. The author knows his subject both by practising and in theory.
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