Craftsmanship Quarterly is the lead venture of The Craftsmanship Initiative. Our mission: to shine a light on those reclaiming craftsmanship’s principles of excellence and durability as a pathway to a better world.

We begin, in our magazine, with individuals who are pushing the boundaries of what can be done with their own two hands. Some of these people can be found in dusty, old-world shops scattered across the globe, others in gleaming laboratories and manufacturing plants chasing the newest of the new. Yet in each case, their work, and often their lives too, illuminate what we call the architecture of excellence.

That architecture arises, we’ve discovered, from a set of principles that often get forgotten these days. At its base is a deep well of knowledge, an eye for detail, and a commitment to quality before profit. It finishes with a capacity for shrewd experimentation and a determination, sometimes even an obsession, to create something, as the old saying goes, that is built to last.

We believe there is a way to revive these traditions. Some of the more promising possibilities we see are explained in this interview with our founder, Todd Oppenheimer.

Craftsmanship Quarterly is a nonprofit publication of The Craftsmanship Initiative. Our fiscal sponsor is Independent Arts & Media, a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to support people and projects that build community through media and the arts.