Osma Gallinger Tod (1895-1983) was an important figure in repopularizingtraditional crafts among Americans. A leader of the reawakening US craft movement during the 1930s, she ran crafts communities inMichigan and Pennsylvania, and founded the craft business that later, after she sold it to Harry and Katharine Manning in 1960, became The Mannings Creative Crafts Handweaving School & Supply Center. She founded and directed the National Conference of American Handweavers, and founded the magazine?The Shuttle Service. Tod was the author of many books, several of which arestill in print. Her books celebrated traditional craft forms, and shechampioned a respect for fine craftsmanship among a broad audienceoutside the traditional craft world.?Earth Basketry?is one of her longest-lived books, first published in 1933 as?Basket Pioneering, and it continues to instruct and inspire today.
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