The Craftsmanship Initiative was founded, in 2015, to reclaim craftsmanship’s principles of excellence, beauty, and durability as a pathway to a more sustainable world. The flagship venture of the initiative, which operates as a non-profit, is Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia publication that focuses on master artisans and innovators whose work informs our quest.
Throughout history, works of craftsmanship have always been defined by precision, integrity of purpose, and material economy. Today, those principles matter more than ever as we struggle with a consumer culture built around throw-away products and the stresses this has put on our environment and our local businesses. While most of us notice fine craftsmanship in acclaimed works, such as a Stradivarius violin or a famous temple or mosque, craftsmanship’s timeless principles can, in fact, be found almost anywhere. They can be seen in disappearing traditional arts, and in efforts to preserve them; in manufacturing innovations that think about long-term needs instead of short-term profits; and in sustainably produced food, clothing, and other goods, the best of which are often found at a local flea market.
In keeping with these values, all of us here at The Craftsmanship Initiative strive to meet the highest standards in everything we do. This includes developing skilled writers, photographers, and filmmakers who can dig deeply into any subject, find the timeless stories that lie inside them, and then share these tales in compelling ways. The mission driving this work is captured in our tagline: "Create a World Built to Last."
To maintain our independence, we are wholly financed by foundational and public support, which has allowed us to avoid distracting ads on our pages. Starting with our first issue, published in January 2015, we have been proud to make our stories available to everyone at no charge—a tradition we hope will never change.