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?

 

Feature

Life from scratch

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

Editorial

Habits of the hands

Spring rolls around again with broken earth and broken promises.

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Articles

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.

Gallery

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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

We need more of the prophetic imagination that can interrupt violence and oppression. If the people of God were to transform the world through fascination, these amazing teachings had to work at the center of these peculiar people. Then we can look into the eyes of a centurion and see not a beast but a child of God, and then walk with that child a couple of miles. Look into the eys of tax collectors as they sue you in court; see their poverty and give them your coat. Look in to the eyes of the ones who are hardest for you to like, and see the One you love. For God loves good and bad people. Even God doesn’t grasp for the knowledge of good and evil but sends rain to water the fields of both the just and the unjust. That’s why enemy love is the only thing that Jesus says makes a person like God – perfect.

Shane Claiborne
Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals

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