Craftsmen of Necessity

Learn how to construct different homesteading tools in Christopher Williams’ “Craftsmen of Necessity.”

| November/December 1974

  • Fixing A Wheel
    “Craftsmen of Necessity” showcases modern homesteading skills such as fixing a wheel.
    PHOTO: RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
  • Wooden Gate
    Create a pen for your farm animals out of reclaimed wood.
    RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
  • Beam Support
    Learn how to construct ceiling supports in “Craftsmen of Necessity.”
    RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
  • Clay Homes
    Read about different homes around the world such as these clay domes.
    RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
  • Cabin Window
    Create unique window designs out of repurposed materials.
    RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
  • Donkeys
    Farm animals can help out with more arduous tasks such as moving equipment.
    RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
  • Man With Homestead Tool
    Learn about the different tools for homesteading in “Craftsmen of Necessity.”
    RANDOM HOUSE, INC.

  • Fixing A Wheel
  • Wooden Gate
  • Beam Support
  • Clay Homes
  • Cabin Window
  • Donkeys
  • Man With Homestead Tool

Christopher Williams' Craftsmen of Necessity is about the creation of useful objects including shelter  by the native artisans of Europe and the Near East. It's about Berber stone villages, the wood houses of Rumania, Syrian blacksmith work, Finnish farm tools, Sicilian plows, Egyptian boats and a wealth of other handsome, durable contrivances . . . all made of readily available materials by craftsmen who know the secret of working with — not against — nature.

If you're a lover of good design, this book is for you . . . and we've reproduced just a few of Charlotte Williams' photos to show you why. Craftsmen of Necessity is published by Random House, costs $3.95 in paperback or $10.00 in hard cover and can be found at local bookstores.

From Craftsmen of Necessity by Christopher Williams. Copyright © 1968, 1973, 1974 by Christopher Williams. Reprinted by permission of Random House, Inc.






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