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Spring 2019

The Norwegian Sweater Detective

In southern Norway, in a small workshop at the bottom of a verdant, postcard-perfect valley, Annemor Sundbø gathers remnants, paintings, and authentic reproductions of traditional Norwegian sweaters. Her collections—along with her six books on the subject—provide a window into the myths and meaning that were long woven into this legendary Nordic craft. Now she’s trying to bring back the sheep that grew Viking Norway’s unusually hardy wool.

Spring 2019

Portugal’s Path to Breaking Drug Addiction

While countries like the U.S.—and Italy (outside San Patrignano)—have struggled with drug addiction, Portugal has crafted some of the most effective treatment programs in the world. In some ways, its success begins with appreciating, and rebuilding, the layers in a person’s spirit. And be forewarned, the first step is very controversial: de-criminalizing the drugs.

Spring 2019

The Healing Power of “Bello”

On the Northeastern coast of Italy, not far from meccas of refinement such as Bologna and Florence, an unusual drug treatment community named San Patrignano has grown and thrived for more than 40 years. The program’s methodology? Teach addicts high-level artisanal skills, and slowly but surely, confidence and pride fill what was once a desperate void.

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The Norwegian Sweater Keeper

Annemor Sundbø has dedicated her life to unearthing the myths and meaning behind Norwegian sweater traditions.

The Philosophy of ‘Bello’

San Patrignano, a a 40-year-old community in Italy, uses craftsmanship to rehabilitate some of Europe’s most intractable drug addicts. And…

The Future Is Handmade

A Dutch archaeologist finds artisans and thought leaders who are redefining craft, skill and, ultimately, the real meaning of a…

The Tale of a Women’s Coup

“The Tale of a Women’s Coup: How the Indigenous Women of Michoacán overthrew a Criminal Cartel” – a mini-documentary produced…

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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.