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First published in 1940, this book is the record of a man who was born into an ancient family of stoneworkers and followed the traditional quarrying and stone-cutting in the last flourishing days of an industry since in decline. It is a first-hand account of a craft whose skill depended upon courage, traditional knowledge, strength of sinew, and a sense of the material worked in. It gives a picture of a society self-contained and of a medieval craft organisation. It is told with pride and without regret, and it shows as much knowledge of rugged humanity as of solid stone.
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107601352
- length: 206 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 141 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2013
Table of Contents
1. The isle
2. Some disputed rights
3. Silt or growth?
4. Sights on marble
5. 'Old Men' and plans
8. The use of tools
9. Building stone
10. Song and drink
12. Mushroom merchants
13. Quarrymen's villages
14. The abandoned cliff
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