catapult magazine

catapult magazine
By Hand

vol. 8, num. 12 :: 2009.06.05 — 2009.06.19

Those in the twenty-first century, industrialized world are increasingly dependent upon virtual realities for everyday tasks. Even the practice of typing on a typewriter has less direct mechanical relationship than that of typing on a computer keyboard. In this context, what is the value in choosing to do something by hand, in person, the old-fashioned way?



Life from scratch

A life tapestry woven of baking bread and growing food and bearing children.


Habits of the hands

Spring rolls around again with broken earth and broken promises.


Old way, new way

A new movement among women is going back to the basics.

The Desolate Magnolia

Short film juxtaposes images of destruction and handmade creation.

What I made

Chronicling one week of creating something out of something by hand.

A common thread

On the beauty of choosing the "by hand" way, while honoring the divine purposes of all human activity.

The perpetual calendar makes a comeback

A practical guide for creating a useful craft from days of old.

Conversation: “By Hand”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about making things by hand.

Confessions of a techno-literary Luddite

The question of whether Google is making us "stoopid" may only begin to assess what we stand to lose.

Technology as the mediator of experience

A reflection on the purposes of hands and how technology can both enhance and hinder those purposes.


In case you missed it the first time

The Little House life

On skills, creativity and dependence.

Navigating family history

A tradition of boating finds its current home in longing.

God's love made edible

The journey of a skill from a hobby to a spiritual discipline.

Weaving the web

Head and hand together: Rediscovering craftsmanship

Brian Dijkema reviews Richard Sennett’s book The Craftsman.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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