Grain of Truth: The Ancient Lessons of Craft
Discovering Personal Development through Creativity
In addition to my other pursuits, I have been a professional writer since the release, in 2000, of my book Grain of Truth: The Ancient Lessons of Craft. The narrative follows the meandering track of my creative process as I complete eight craft projects. Grain of Truth became a national bestseller, was shortlisted for the 2001 Governor General’s award and the BC Book Prize, and was voted one of the most important books of 2000 by the Globe and Mail.
My second book, A Stone’s Throw: The Enduring Nature of Myth, explains the origins of the mythologies of Egypt, Israel, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. I demonstrate how these mythologies have become the source of the most pressing conflicts in the contemporary world, from the Palestinian uprisings to September 11 to the war on terror. A Stone’s Throw continues the themes of creativity and spirituality explored in Grain of Truth. Traversing five thousand years of history, and from my perspective as a craftsman sculpting stone in my shop, A Stone’s Throw follows the evolution of sacred mythologies from the pharaohs and their pyramids to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the sacred Kaaba stone in Mecca, the Washington Monument, and the World Trade Center. A Stone’s Throw offers readers a means of understanding the contemporary world with greater depth and clarity. I attempt to lay bare the shared heritage of religions, of peoples, of the essential themes of human nature.
My essays have appeared in numerous publications in Canada, including Canadian Geographic and Pacific Yachting.