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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 Amy Adams
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 Cora Hirashiki
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 Cora Hirashiki
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 Todd Oppenheimer
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 Will Callan
November 16, 2017

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

How Rewilder Crafts Beautiful Bags From Beer Filters

By Amy Adams
November 11, 2017

Wolves once roamed Yellowstone National Park before hunting made them a distant memory in the 1920s. But the park sought…

The Vanishing Generation of Italian Shoemakers

By Tracy Lalasz Finn
October 30, 2017

The Sustainability of an Important Craft By Tracy Lalasz Finn It is commonly accepted if you are making high-end luxury shoes,…

New Life In The Scrap Heap

By Will Callan
October 26, 2017

  Three VW Restorers Find Beauty In All The Unexpected Places By WILL CALLAN Amid mounting turmoil over Volkswagen’s diesel…

The Making of Ash Bush Pen Holders

By Ashley Bush
October 11, 2017

By Ashley Bush Leaves, flowers, galaxies & oceans… Note: this blog was originally posted on Calligrafile, October 17, 2016. Ashley…

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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.