I have been immersed in the world of carpentry and house building with the book Builder's Apprentice. In the tradition of Henry David Thoreau the book is a memoir of searching and finding a call in life. There are many ideas and lessons in the book, from the bargaining processes in the house-building business, to the importance of trust, and the tensions between builders, architects, contractors, and house owners. The main message however is that "the challenge of looking within ourselves to find [the] creative element make us who we are." The author is Andrew Huffman. An interview with the author is here. See the author's list of academic publications here. I found this book by googling in one of those soul-searching evenings. It was a pleasure to read it, specially because carpentry is so foreign to me; well, not that foreign any more.