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The Nature and Art of Workmanship

The Nature and Art of Workmanship

Title: The Nature and Art of Workmanship
Author: David Pye
Publisher: Bloomsbury

The phrase "workmanship of risk" means that at any moment, whether through inattention, or inexperience, or accident, the workman is liable to ruin the job.  It is in opposition to the "workmanship of certainty", in which the quality of the result is predetermined and beyond the control of the operative.  These are incisive concepts that cut through much of the confusion generated by such multivalent terms as craftsmanship, quantity-production, hand- made, and skill.  

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