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Finding Your Ikigai in Craftsmanship

By Alain Hayes | September 19, 2018

The Japanese have a term for what we as human beings search for in life and it’s called Ikigai, or…

Folk Art by the Feds: How a tiny NEA program for apprentices helps keep folk art alive

By Deborah Busemeyer | September 6, 2018

Apprentice Valerie Edwards (left) has been learning to make Yamani Maidu burden basketry from master artist Shewaya Peck (right). Burden…

Craftsmanship and Community

By Jenny Bower | August 28, 2018

Connecting with like-minded makers both online and off The work of a craftsman is precise, detailed and focused.  It can…

An Inside Peek Into Small Farm Life

By Amy E. Adams | June 27, 2018

To say that Fiber Farmer Tammy White is a busy woman would be an understatement.  And to only address her…

My Adventures with Gold Leaf

By Charlie Plant | June 13, 2018

When I was younger, I worked as a union painter in Los Angeles (District Council 36, Painters and Allied Trades),…

Catching Color in Food Waste

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | June 1, 2018

Onion skins, avocado pits, beet root tops and used coffee grinds – all items many people think have no other…

Craftsmanship & The Side Hustle

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | March 29, 2018

The way we approach jobs, careers, and work today sure is different than what it was in the past. Before,…

Why I’m Obsessed with The Future of Work

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | March 26, 2018

      And how it’s only just begun. by Guest Blogger, Jonas Altman, Knowledge Seeker • Deliberate Thinker • Coffee…

The Clay Raven

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | March 10, 2018

The world recently lost a great talent.  For those who were lucky enough to know him, Felipe Ortega’s passing runs…

Revival of the Letterpress

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | February 28, 2018

Did you know that the letterpress can very well claim to be the fifteenth century equivalent of the World Wide…

Quotes We Love


“Craftsmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.”
–Richard Sennett

"There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word."
–Malala Yousafzai

"When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality has to be carried all the way through."
–Steve Jobs