The Same Ax, Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age
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The Same Ax, Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age

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An old farmer boasts that he has used the same ax his whole life -- he's only had to replace the handle three times and the head twice. In an eclectic, insightful meditation on the powerful impulse to preserve and restore, Howard Mansfield explores the myriad ways in which we attempt to reconnect with and recover the past -- to use the same ax twice. Mansfield's In the Mem...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by University Press of New England
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Bryan Kibbe
This is a marvelous book filled with wisdom and insight about the ways in which people collect, preserve, maintain, repair, and restore. Instead of empty platitudes about the importance of restoration and preservation, Mansfield instead provides rich anthropological accounts of people in the depth of particular practices of restoration and preservation (i.e. civil war re-enactors, antique auctioneers, Old Home Day celebrations, and audio nerds collecting snippets of silence). Alongside the quota...more
Sabra
Aug 23, 2008 Sabra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preservationists, planners, heritage tourists
Shelves: non-fiction, history
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"An old farmer boasts that he has used the
same ax his whole life -- he's only had to replace the handle three times and the head twice. In an eclectic, insightful meditation on the powerful impulse to preserve and restore, Howard Mansfield explores the myriad ways in which we attempt to reconnect with and recover the past -- to use the same ax twice."

The perfect choice for a book club made up of preservationists, Mansfield touches on all those wonderfully debatable issues a...more
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Howard Mansfield discusses this book with Whole Terrain in this blog entry
Ken
Poignant and thought provoking, The Same Ax Twice raises the relevant question.
Chris
Old things are good and should be used. That's the whole premise of this book.
Martha
Only managed about 50 pages. It's a tough read
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Howard Mansfield writes about history, preservation, and architecture in his quest to understand the soul of American places.

He is the author of six books, including In the Memory House, of which The Hungry Mind Review said, “Now and then an idea suddenly bursts into flame, as if by spontaneous combustion. One instance is the recent explosion of American books about the idea of place… But the bes...more
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