I picked up this book and spent literally hours thumbing through it just looking at the pictures and reading the cutlines. I think I’ll buy it and read the rest of the book; should be very interesting. Thanks.
Your book gave me a new appreciation for all those craftsmen I see everyday high up on a scaffold meticulously working the facades of our historic buildings. If they weren’t busy at their trades, I hate to think what would be left of our heritage.
Any longtime San Antonio resident will want to add this book to their library if they care about the area’s history. The book contains much interesting content about some of the people who are instrumental in saving our history as preserved in our architecture. The only other people are those who finance the restorations. Thanks to you all.
I loved the book, got the hardcover version, but would like to see some of works of the craftsmen in color, especially the stained-glass projects and the paint restorations. Your back cover gives me a hint of what could be there. Love the book.
I love the intense, busy layout of this book. Like a magazine, it keeps me digging into the details of the publication. Even many backgrounds are still more images. But, unlike a magazine, I can’t browse it and watch television at the same time—far too interesting! Kudos to the Building Arts Group.
Non-Fiction Oral History, 486 pages 6”x9,” black & white, Tradecloth & Tradepaper available. Available through FranklinScribes.com, BuildingArtsGroup.com, and Amazon.com.
Ten master craftsmen, ten fascinating stories, one 486-page illustrated book about “old world” building trades craftsmen working today to help preserve historic buildings, and the families who have dedicated their lives to saving historic structures in South Texas. The book is about some very special craftsmen who love to work with their hands, who have a burning passion their work, and who value the old architecture with the hope they can be preserved for future generations.
Some of the best craftsmen based in San Antonio have told their stories to Barbara Dean Hendricks about their professions and the generations of dedicated family members who have carried these vanishing skills forward in order to preserve our past, saving our historic buildings for future generations to enjoy.
Barbara Dean Hendricks sat down with ten craftsmen in San Antonio and recorded their stories that have been meticulously transcribed for this ambitious book. Over 600 photos have been added to their stories to show us just what they do and how they do it.
Architects, builders, remodelers, and tradesman will enjoy browsing this book.
486 pages and over 600 Black & White photographs of the artists at work and some of their creations beautifully displayed.
Available as a hardbound (tradecloth) first edition for $30.00, and a softbound (tradepaper) edition for $25.00.
ISBN-13: Tradecloth: 9781941516065, Tradepaper: 9781941516072
Copyright: The Building Arts Group & Barbara Dean Hendricks. All Rights Reserved.
Published: March 1, 2015
Pages: 486 Illustrated
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink: Black & white
Weight: Softbound: 1lb-7oz (23oz), and Hardcover: 1lb-14oz (30oz)
Dimensions (inches): 6 wide x 9 tall
PURCHASE HERE:The Building Arts of South Texas: Stories of Endangered Building Arts and the Artisans Who Keep Them Alive
By Barbara Dean Hendricks
This book available at:
12001 Network #115
San Antonio, Texas 78249
Library of Congress Control Number: 2014959389