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Ark Builders: Worship Through Woodworking, pb

Ark Builders: Worship Through Woodworking, pb


by Jay H. Ball and David S. Ball, forward by Harold Kushner

If religion is infusing meaning and significance into the otherwise mundane, and transforming the ordinary into something holy, then welcome to a world of Sundays with coffee and bagels, fierce debate and lingering doubt, friendship, Wacky Wood, and an occasional touch of inspiration.

Ark Builders is a celebration of the work of a group of Jewish men at Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts. It chronicles nearly three decades of design, construction and presentation to the Temple of dozens of highly artistic yet functional pieces of wooden furniture. The book traces projects from envelope sketches and engineering schematics through photographs of the fabrication process and presentation. It also examines the dynamics of small-group functioning, as the men hash out ideas and alternative designs over bagels and coffee. Perhaps most importantly, the book considers the impact the group has made on the community and how faith suffuses everything they do.

  • Published in 2014
  • 176 pages, full color paperback with flaps, embossed
  • Approximately 12’’x12’’, 0.5’’ thick, 276 pages
  • Full color throughout
  • Great gift for lovers of architecture, community-building, and hands-on building
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