Eric Gorges’ A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning (Algonquin), is a fascinating and eye-opening look into the practices and beliefs of different craftswomen and men – metal workers, glass blowers, and clockmakers and others. Filled with insights about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship, A Craftsman’s Legacy identifies the craftsman’s shared values: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. He extols the benefits of getting out of one’s comfort zone and the importance of learning the traditions of the past in order to carry those values into the future and he tells his own story about leaving the corporate world to focus on what he loves. This is a book for seekers of all kinds, an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of modern-day makers--and how they can inspire us all.
Eric Gorges has been the host of Public Television's A Craftsman's Legacy since it began in 2014. Before that he worked in the corporate world until a health crisis caused him to reevaluate his life. He sought out one of the best metal shapers in the country and signed on as his apprentice. In 1999, he struck out on his own, opening the custom motorcycle shop, Voodoo Choppers, in Detroit, Michigan.