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.

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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.

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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.

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The perpetual calendar makes a comeback

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

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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.


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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

As much of the urban sociology literature argues, the neighborhood is a critically important place for marginalized groups. Concepts such as place attachment and sense of community help us understand how impoverished and minority residents feel about their place, what uses they have developed for it, and what meanings they assign to them…. In many cases, working-class and minority neighborhoods are much more than what the media describe as urban ghettos scarred by violence and poverty. The close-knit families who live there value community life, social ties, and their roots in the neighborhood. Residents come to rely on each other and build bonds of mutual support within, between, and across neighborhood spaces.

Isabelle Anguelovski
Neighborhood as Refuge: Community Reconstruction, Place Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the City

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