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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 Jennifer Bowers
August 28, 2018

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

An Inside Peek into Small Farm Life

By Amy 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 Amy Adams
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 Jonas Altman
March 26, 2018

And how it’s only just begun. By guest blogger Jonas Altman, Knowledge Seeker • Deliberate Thinker • Coffee Drinker •…

The Clay Raven

By Deborah Busemeyer
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 Amy Adams
February 28, 2018

Did you know that the letterpress can very well claim to be the 15th-century equivalent of the World Wide Web?…

Handmade Snowboards – Carving Out a Winner

By Amy Adams
February 21, 2018

As the 2018 Olympics surge into their last week, we’ve seen some incredible feats from athletes taking on their competitors…

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News

OUR SPRING ISSUE:

Our Spring Issue , on "Education's Lost Foundation," begins by looking at how futurists see education changing to met tomorrow's jobs. We then go to Rhode Island, where one woman is bringing back the art and power of play; and to Italy and Portugal to chronicle some innovative ways to rehabilitate criminals and drug addicts.

The issue ends on a lighter note, with "The Norwegian Sweater Detective," our profile of a woman who has dedicated her life to preserving the designs and meaning behind Nordic sweater traditions.

Craftsmanship Podcasts

LISTEN TO OUR ARTICLES. We recently launched our first series of audio stories, narrated by several of San Francisco’s American Contemporary Theater (A.C.T.) MFA students. More will be posted in the coming weeks.

Coming Soon

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.