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A Crucible for Tomorrow’s Trades

By Todd Admin | April 18, 2019

By TODD OPPENHEIMER The nation’s largest non-profit facility dedicated to education in the industrial arts runs out of a seemingly…


Fewer, Better Things

By Todd Oppenheimer | January 24, 2019

How much do you know about the objects you surround yourself with in your everyday life? For most of us,…

Crafting a Snow-Covered Castle: The Modern Snow Globe Maker

By Todd Oppenheimer | December 12, 2018

As she hikes amongst limestone, pine, and the remains of Polish castles, Paulina Ciepał imagines holding it all in the…

Our Moment of Thanks

By Todd Oppenheimer | November 20, 2018

It’s easy to see the world as a very troubled place these days, especially if, like us, you are based in the western United States. Record-breaking wildfires have become almost the new norm in this region, to say nothing of the growing vitriol between the political left and right, both here and abroad.

Crafting A More Human Future

By Todd Oppenheimer | October 17, 2018

Exhibition “HOMO FABER” The intriguing title of this monster exhibition of European craftsmen and women, shown in Venice, Italy, during…

Finding Your Ikigai in Craftsmanship

By Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | June 13, 2018

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

Reader Comments

Janara Nerone: Thanks for turning me on to your magazine! I really enjoyed this article (Bonsai Kid.) What an inspiring artist. I hope to have a tree again someday!

Jane Wildey Vuille: In an age of disposable everything, it is good to know that there is an industry such as this. I wish we could return to more craftsmanship.

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The Crucible Celebrates 20th Anniversary With A $50,000 Scholarship Fund For Adults And $110,000 In Scholarships For Youth Of Color.
The Nation’s Largest Industrial Arts Education Nonprofit Is Dedicated To Keeping The Arts Accessible For The East Bay and Greater Bay Area. Find out more here



In our second look at  The Craft of Community we explore "The Architecture of Trust" in a story written by Michael Erard, an expert in linguistics. This story is a sophisticated look at public gatherings for "civic dialogues" that might rebuild the bridge between today's opposing political camps.

And, on a lighter note, our other topics story offers a little help with your holiday shopping. In "Led By The Nose," Barbara Tannenbaum dives into the rich new world of indie perfumes. In a story that is entertaining, surprising, and revealing she discovers a wealth of scents that the big perfume houses have long ignored.

There will be more stories coming soon. So check back regularly...

Coming Soon

LISTEN TO OUR ARTICLES. We are working with San Francisco’s American Contemporary Theater (A.C.T.), and their MFA students, to bring you a number of narrated articles. We will be launching our first audio articles in the next few months.

THE CRAFTSMANSHIP MAP. Many of you have asked us about work-shops, studios, and schools where you can learn a craft or hone skills in your chosen craft. While doing our research, we discovered that a comprehensive source for this information does not yet exist. So, we are setting out to create one. We will bring you more details soon.