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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…

Handmade Snowboards – Carving Out A Winner

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | February 21, 2018

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

The health benefits of working with your hands

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | February 6, 2018

If you’ve seen the cult classic Office Space, you’ll recall that the film’s lead character, Peter Gibbons, loathes his paper-pushing…

5 Ways to Apply the Principles of Craftsmanship to Your Daily Life in 2018

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | January 23, 2018

Most New Year’s resolutions focus on changing a specific behavior. Goals have lofty intentions and often, because they are so…

The Iconic Icelandic Wool Sweater – An Invented Cultural Statement

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | December 18, 2017

On this Nordic island, marooned near the peak of the globe, the temperature can drop below -20 degrees. A sweater…

5 Tips for Crafting a Capsule Wardrobe That Will Help Your Wallet & The Planet

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | November 30, 2017

Most of us at some point have dreamed of having a massive walk-in closet – it would be like stepping…

A Gathering of Craftsmanship Enthusiasts: A Recap Of Our Fall Launch Party

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | November 25, 2017

Though our readers and supporters live around the globe, it’s our dream to meet all of you in person –…

Another Solution to the Fast-Fashion Fad: Seaweed

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | November 16, 2017

By Will Callan At The Craftsmanship Initiative, we like things that last. Durable clothing is no exception, and given the…

Recent Reader Comments

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.

Vintage.axe.restoration: What a story! (The Wootz Hunter Documentary.) A must watch for everyone. Thank you for sharing this.

Andy Knapp: (The Soul of Community.) What an intelligent and riveting discussion of a complex topic. One of the big challenges of our time!




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, starting next week. So check back regularly...

Coming Soon

LISTEN TO OUR ARTICLES. We are working with San Francisco’s American Contemporary Theater (ACT), and their MFA students, to bring you a number of narrated articles. We will be launching our first audio articles early next year.

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.