Book Launch Party: Eric Gorges

We are honored to host the launch party for author and Public Television host, Eric Gorges', for his latest book, A Craftsman's Legacy. Through his show, A Craftsman’s LegacyEric discovered that the philosophy, skill and mindset behind the craftsman's way can be the blueprint for all of us in our increasingly hurried, disposable world. His new book shares this philosophy and insights he has learned with you!

And this isn't a typical book launch! Eric will be joined by special guest Detroit artist and author Nancy Rodwan. While we don't want to give too much away, we do want you to know what is in store:

  • A reading from Eric's new book.
  • A presentation by local artist and maker, Nancy Rodwan, on her latest art and book Purge. 
  • A moderated conversation with Eric and a Q&A.
  • A demonstration by Eric showing how to use an English Wheel, a tool he uses to build motorcycles. 
  • Book signing 

Note this event will not be held at the bookshop. It will be held at the Annex Gallery. The address is 333 Midland St, Highland Park, MI 48203.

This event is free and open to the public. Eric's book will be for sale before and after the event. 

About A Craftsman's Legacy

These days, in the name of technological progress, we have devalued and minimized the personal, the imperfect, and the handmade. We’ve become distant from the process of creating and shaping real things, which can even diminish our power to shape our own destinies. As a metal shaper, Eric Gorges has visited and learned from the fellow craftsmen he has profiled for his popular public television program. In this book, he tells the stories and shares the collective wisdom of these modern‑day makers while also celebrating the culture of all craftsmen.

A Craftsman’s Legacy is filled with insights‑‑about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship‑‑from calligraphers, bit and spur makers, potters, stone carvers, glassblowers, engravers, woodworkers, and others. Gorges identifies shared values: take time to slow down and enjoy the process; embrace failure; know when to stop and when to push through; accept that perfection is an illusion. He extols the benefits of getting out of our comfort zone, the pleasure of making something lasting, and the importance of being in touch with the traditions of the past in order to carry those values into the future. Along the way, Gorges tells his own story about leaving the corporate world to focus on what he loves.

This is a book for makers, for seekers of all kinds, an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of craftsmen‑‑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 crises caused him to reevaluate his life. He sought out one of the best metal shapers in the country and signed on as apprentice. In 1999, he struck out on his own, opening the custom motorcycle shop, Voodoo Choppers, in Detroit, MI, where he lives today.

NANCY J. RODWAN is an award-winning filmmaker, visual artist, and writer. Her art has been exhibited in museums, festivals, and galleries. She has directed, shot, animated, and edited several short films and a feature-length documentary. Her films have been screened in numerous national and international film festivals. Her publishing credits include Work Literary MagazineUpstreet MagazineGreenprints, and San Pedro River ReviewPurged: The Art of Metamorphosis was published by Ridgeway Press in 2018.

Event date: 
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
333 Midland Street
Highland Park, MI 48203
A Craftsman’s Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208363
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - May 7th, 2019