Mainly manly crafts

Cover of The Complete Illustrated Guide to woodworkingEvery now and then, we get a comment that our Craft book collection contains endless knitting, crochet, felting, and sewing books, and very few manly crafts or hobbies.

When thinking of manly crafts or hobbies I immediately think of woodwork and metalwork, projects such as upholstery maybe, or landscaping, making furniture etc. Plenty of men do jewellery making, toy making or perhaps even whittling. There’s drawing and painting, sculpture, making models, flower arranging. You will be pleased to know that we cater for all these interests and that the dominance of the so called womanly crafts is not as great as it may seem.

Cover of The Knitting Man(ual)You will of course find many titles in the craft section but other parts of the library also include many crafty/hobby topics:

Cover of Kiwi collectorsIn the craft section you will find subjects including toy making, pyrography, and concrete crafts to name a few, and or course plenty of knitting and needle work – and remember that our friendly staff are always be able to help out.

Perhaps this book could also be inspiring: Kiwi collectors : curious and unusual Kiwi hobbies

9 thoughts on “Mainly manly crafts

    • keenanj 4 March 2014 / 8:53 am

      That is great. He should find plenty of ideas in the woodworking section, but remind him to ask one of our friendly librarians if he needs help finding something

  1. Gallivanta 4 March 2014 / 12:04 am

    But, but, come on, guys, sewing and needlework and weaving and knitting etc can be manly….;)

    • keenanj 4 March 2014 / 8:57 am

      Yes, you are so right. It’s a funny old thing that distinction between what is masculine or feminine, and I suppose we hope that women and men can choose to do whatever craft they enjoy, and certainly if a man wants to take up knitting then we have plenty of books to help them!

      • Gallivanta 4 March 2014 / 1:24 pm

        I wonder if these distinctions have become more pronounced in recent decades. Craftwork, knitting, weaving, etc were considered appropriate to assist with WWl soldier rehabilitation. And in that same generation I have male relatives who were excellent at soft toy making, cane basket weaving, macrame and rug making. The same relatives were also good at plumbing, woodwork, bricklaying, mechanics….they were just generally handy :).

  2. keenanj 5 March 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I suppose everyone had to be handier in the past, baskets had to be made as did rugs, so yes I think you may well be right Gallivanta.

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