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Catching Color in Food Waste

By Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | March 26, 2018

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

The Clay Raven

By Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | 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 Todd Oppenheimer | November 30, 2017

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

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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.