The Wisdom of Hands

Alma Boghosian, who turned 100 this past July, continues to make lace collars, doilies, and handkerchiefs without the use of patterns.

Qianshen Bai practices the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy. “The art really demands someone in a very peaceful state of mind. Second, you try to reach a state in which your mind and your hand are in a very harmonious relationship.”

Retired fisherman Marco Randazzo discovered that his facility in tying nautical knots lent itself to making sculptural objects out of rope.

The Irish “button box” in the hands of Joe Derrane is a powerful thing. Considered one of the best Irish accordion players on either side of the Atlantic, Derrane’s playing packs a punch.