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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.

Summer 2019

Mexico’s Master Guitar Makers

When a Disney film, “Coco,” spotlighted a small Mexican town where almost every shop makes guitars, it suddenly made ornate, white guitars famous. Underneath the new pop icon, however, lies a variety of much finer instruments—and a rich craft going back generations.

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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.

How Far Can Beer Science Go?

Where else would you expect to find a band of techno-scientific, craft beer geeks, except on the industrial side of…

The Watchman of Lausanne

For more than six centuries, a lone figure—part guard, part human angel—has circled the bell tower every night in the…

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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.