How to Build Impossible Things: Lessons in Life and Carpentry (Paperback)
  • How to Build Impossible Things: Lessons in Life and Carpentry (Paperback)
zoom

How to Build Impossible Things: Lessons in Life and Carpentry (Paperback)

(author)
4 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£10.99
Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 30/05/2024
  • 10+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Waterstones Says

A born storyteller with a remarkable story to tell, Mark Ellison is regarded as New York's finest carpenter and in this rollicking memoir he describes his journey from drop-out to working on the homes of the rich and famous.

‘People think I’m a genius because I remember my high school math’

When Mark Ellison left high school, no one thought he would go anywhere. A self-proclaimed ‘serial dropout’, Mark spent his young adult years taking work where he found it. Who would have thought that forty years later he would be regarded as a great carpenter, making a living out of building homes for the rich and famous?

Full of warmth, wisdom and irreverent humour, this is the story of what carpentry can teach us about the satisfaction and joy that comes from doing something well for a long time. From staircases that would be deadly if built as designed to algae-eating snails boiled to escargot in a penthouse pond, Mark exposes the messy wiring behind the pristine walls - and the mindset that any of us can develop to build our own impossible things. Written with refreshing candour, this is an essential book about building life on your own terms, and the possibilities that await when we forge our own path.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529157307
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Like sitting in a room with Mark and hearing the best stories in the world, wound up with wisdom, craft, and hard-won philosophy - Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker

A brilliantly engaging storyteller, laugh-out-loud funny, loving, cheekily smug . . . An enjoyable read on making, inventing and what might contribute to a life worth living - Julie Mehretu

Mark is an amazing polymath - and an Olympic-level aesthete. Unlike many polymaths and aesthetes, though, when he gets up in the morning, it's to make real, physical things - including this book - Craig Nevill-Manning, Engineering Director, Google NYC

On a job site Mark makes irreverent banter while scribbling measurements on the back of pizza box as works of astonishing complexity and precision materializes under his direction. Now he has somehow applied this same deceptively offhand but exacting craft to unspooling this collection of tales from his ascent to the summit of one of the most demanding construction habitats on earth - David Hotson, architect, Skyhouse and Pinnacle

Wry, laconic and packed with salient life lessons, this is a book that will encourage everyone to attempt to build the life they wish to live - Simple Things Magazine

You may also be interested in...

Perfume: A Century of Scents
Added to basket
Raw Concrete
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
North Korea Journal
Added to basket
The Ugly Renaissance
Added to basket
The Story of Art without Men
Added to basket
The Story of Art without Men
Added to basket
Churchill: A Life in Cartoons
Added to basket
Stitches in Time
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Age of Spectacle
Added to basket
Would It Surprise You To Know…?
Added to basket
Castle
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
How to Build Impossible Things
Added to basket
The Bang-Bang Club
Added to basket
The Story of Art without Men
Added to basket
At Home at Highclere
Added to basket

“A truly honest account of how impossible things get done”

This book is refreshing to read, it is a peek into the ordinary life of a carpenter. In between intriguing stories, there are many lessons to be learned. With honest observations about his life, Mark Ellison describes... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 16

“So much more than wood!”

I know nothing about carpentry. Nothing about wood either, but it didn’t matter in reading this excellent memoir.
Whilst being genuinely fascinated by Ellison’s ability to build just about anything, it was his... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 15

“Such a Nice Read!”

A great read - I do not know much about carpentry - well I did not, but after reading this book I feel I I do — but going into the book, I was really captivated by the premise as well as having read The New Yorker... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 12

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: