catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 13, num. 11 :: 2014.05.30 — 2014.06.12

From the latest trend in crafting to the great cathedrals, from hobbies to professional skills—making things with our hands from the stuff of earth is an impulse we humans can’t ignore.  Stories of learning to appreciate our own handiwork and that of others.




Washing dishes, putting in a fence, gardening, writing, playing music: a common thread.


The work of hands

Considering created things and the names of those who made them.


Patchwork prayer

On making quilts as gifts for children.

Art in craft

Revisiting the family heirlooms for identity and insight.

Master brewing

Lessons learned from the art of making beer.


In case you missed it the first time

Navigating family history

A tradition of boating finds its current home in longing.

Spinning a yarn

A family tradition of "making things" leads to a very rewarding waste of time.

The perpetual calendar makes a comeback

A practical guide for creating a useful craft from days of old.

Weaving the web

Mending my life

Katie Noah Gibson writes about why she takes the time to repair her clothes.



Tom Sturch leaps off a well-crafted poem to start a conversation.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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