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‘Portraits of the American Craftsman’ is an ode to artisans

Ode to artisans

Texas-based photographer Tadd Myers traveled across America interviewing and photographing craftsmen. In his new book, “Portraits of the American Craftsman” (Lyons), he celebrates about 30 businesses, including the makers of musical instruments, hats, cutlery, and surfboards. Tim Bessell of Bessell Surfboards in La Jolla, Calif., calls what he makes “functional art.” Myers features three Vermont companies: Danforth Pewter and Maple Landmark Woodcraft in Middlebury and King Boat Works in Putney. In addition, he profiles North Bennet Street School, founded in the North End of Boston in 1885 to teach immigrants to work with their hands. He’ll give a slideshow and talk at the school, 150 North St., at 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

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