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Summer 2018

The Wootz Hunter

Sometime in the 1800s, long after the Persians had beaten back the Crusaders, the technique for making the mighty swords that won those battles was mysteriously lost. In the centuries that followed, Europe’s best metallurgists repeatedly tried to revive this craft, with no luck. Then, in the 1980s, a lone horseshoer in Florida named Al Pendray started tinkering with steel recipes. A Craftsmanship Mini-Documentary

Summer 2018

Folk Art on Steroids

For 15 years, the world’s folk art makers and enthusiasts have gathered, en masse, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to celebrate the possible when it comes to indigenous craftsmanship. This summer, in just three days, some 21,000 people spent $3.3 million to show that traditional artisans still matter. A Craftsmanship PHOTO ESSAY.

Summer 2018

The Apprenticeship Ambivalence

Amidst political discussion about expanding apprenticeships in the U.S., two contradictory realities persist. One is a changing landscape, in both school and work, that increasingly needs a sound apprenticeship system; the other is the refusal by many parents to understand why a formal apprenticeship might make more sense for their children—and their finances—than four years of college.

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Al Pendray: The Wootz Hunter

A country blacksmith rediscovers an ancient sword making technique that has eluded the world’s greatest metal scientists for centuries.

India’s New Carpet Weavers

In our mini-doc, “India’s New Carpet Weavers,” visit some villages where hand-knotted carpets are made.

Yannis Pappas turns a painful break-up into hilarity

Turning a breakup into a joke isn’t easy. After a LOT of trial and error, Yannis Pappas ended up with…

For Michelle Buteau, racism can make a great joke

Michelle Buteau goes transcontinental, with a hilarious take on how the Dutch use a blackface performer to celebrate Christmas. video…

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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.