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

If only holiness were measured by the volume of our incessant chatter, we would be universally praised as the most holy nation on earth. But in our fretful, theatrical piety, we have come to mistake noisiness for holiness, and we have presumed to know, with a clarity and certitude that not even the angels dared claim, the divine will for the world. We have organized our needs with the confidence that God is on our side, now and always, whether we feed the poor or corral them into ghettos. To a nation filled with intense religious fervor, the Hebrew prophet Amos said: You are not the holy people you imagine yourselves to be. Though the land is filled with festivals and assemblies, with songs and melodies, and with so much pious talk, these are not sounds and sights that are pleasing to the Lord. “Take away from me the noise of your congregations,” Amos says, “you who have turned justice into poison.”

Charles Marsh
"God and Country" in The Boston Globe (July 8, 2007)

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