If Arts and Crafts is a term now used liberally and generously for all levels of homemade decorative items, many of the garden crafts featured in a new book by author Geraldine Rudge are worthy of William Morris.
A six-foot-high screen of living willow, trained into a basket-weave pattern, is astonishing, but the image that took our fancy is of an urn fashioned from slate, perhaps because once built it won't need continual pruning and training.
Building it might not be the do-it-yourself project that Rudge proffers, however (''Garden Crafts,'' Lyons Press, $35). The artisan who fashioned it, Joe Smith, is a lifelong stonemason, and it is crafted from thousands of shards of slate together weighing a quarter-ton. Smith uses a slate knife, a makeshift anvil and a master's eye to give a curving edge to each piece, which is then dry-stacked.
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