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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…

How Rewilder Crafts Beautiful Bags From Beer Filters

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | 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 Gaynor Strachan Chun | 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 Gaynor Strachan Chun | 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 Gaynor Strachan Chun | October 11, 2017

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

Interview with Visual Artist: Isabel Urbina Peña

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | October 11, 2017

By Molly Suber Thorpe Isabel Urbina Peña is a freelance art director and alumna of [email protected] and ProDiseño. Originally from…

Jake Weidmann & The Apple Pencil

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | October 10, 2017

[column width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] We’re excited to share a series of blogs from Calligrafile, a fantastic resource and…

Why Nothing Writes Like a Fountain Pen

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | October 7, 2017

[column width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] by TIM REDMOND Thirty-two years ago, when I was a young writer struggling…

The Enduring Allure of The Harmonica

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | September 14, 2017

Someone once described the sound of a harmonica as 50% child, 50% old soul. Whether you love the sound of…

Hopeful Answers for a Climate Heavy News Week

By Gaynor Strachan Chun | August 11, 2017

The news cycle has been overwhelmed this week by reminders of climate change’s impacts, both projected and immediate. Almost immediately…

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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.