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Winter 2020

The Craft of Sustainable Rice Farming

For generations, the Isbell family of Arkansas has been tinkering with innovations in rice farming. They were the first American farmers to grow elite varieties for sushi and sake, and have also pioneered rice cultivation methods that can conserve water and slow climate change.

Winter 2020

Italy’s Endangered Violin Forest

Since the 16th century, Cremona’s luthiers—including Stradivari himself—have been using an unusually resonant wood from Paneveggio, known as Italy’s “violin forest,” to handcraft the world’s finest string instruments. Then a 2018 storm decimated the forest. A band of experts in Cremona is now rallying to save this iconic tradition. A documentary short.

Winter 2020

Real Film Strikes Back

Against all odds, and despite the efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley to make movies in digital form, old-fashioned, analog, motion-picture film is suddenly making a comeback. What is it about the mystery and magic of celluloid that modern production methods, with all their high-tech tricks, can’t seem to match?

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The Violins of Cremona

Since the 16th century, Cremona’s luthiers—including Stradivari himself—have been using a particularly resonant wood from Paneveggio, known as Italy’s “violin…

The Bug Whisperer

Mark Sturges doesn’t advertise—clients have to find him by word of mouth, but find him they do. He’s become a master of an agricultural art as old as agriculture itself: basic compost.

Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House

As our environmental challenges mount — from devastating wildfires to hurricanes and floods — one solution, largely ignored thus far, may lie in using an unlikely-sounding material for home-building: straw. Has the lowly straw bale house’s time finally come?

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The Initiative

Our flagship program, launched in 2015, is Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multi-media online magazine focusing on in-depth profiles of intriguing masters throughout the world. We are currently developing partnerships with organizations that can use our research to increase interest in apprenticeships.