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Fall 2019

The Beauty of a Timeless Rowboat

Centuries ago, a fleet rowboats called Whithalls plied the waters of the San Francisco Bay, helping the chandlers at their helms ferry goods to and from the giant sailing ships working the city’s port. Today, descendants of those early crafts are being built, rowed, and occasionally put to work on the same waters.

Spring 2018

The Looming Recession’s Workforce Dilemma

In early 2018, after the release of a positive national jobs reports, some experts said the glowing numbers really suggested a “wage-less recovery.” Today’s signs of a recession suggest the experts may have been right. For the last few decades, both the private and public sectors have gradually weakened the support structures that have nurtured the American workforce for generations. Two experts connect the dots on this new dilemma, and look for solutions.

Summer 2019

Café Jacqueline and the Art of the Soufflè

Deep in San Francisco’s storied North Beach neighborhood, Jacqueline Margulis has been making soufflès for her café’s customers five nights a week for nearly 40 years. Our story—and mini-documentary—on the only restaurant in the U.S. that specializes solely on this challenging but famously scrumptious symbol of French cuisine.

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Whitehall: An Homage to a Classic Rowboat

The Whitehalls, classic wooden rowboats designed centuries ago as working crafts, are still alive on the San Francisco Bay.

When Indigenous Women Win

In the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, a band of determined indigenous women led the overthrow of a criminal cartel. Their…

The Jewelry Archaeologist

Through years of painstaking, often combative detective work, Hugo Kohl rescued an era of early American jewelry manufacturing technology that was on the brink of extinction. And what Kohl makes with these old machines turns out to be superior, in many ways, to the finest modern jewelry.

Cafe Jacqueline and the Art of the Soufflé

In San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood — where you can still feel the pulse of film noir scenes from the 1940s, and then the Beat Generation in the 1960s — Cafe Jacqueline remains the only restaurant in the U.S. dedicated entirely to the art of the soufflè.

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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.