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Fall 2020

For thousands of years, wood has been a mainstay for humankind’s creations—for our tools and homes, the beds we sleep in and the chairs we sit on; for early weapons and, to this day, musical instruments; for our gardens and…...

Summer 2020

One of the blessings of a real community is that it can survive, even thrive, in the face of challenges. Such has been the case with musicians, chefs, and other artisans across the country this year. To honor their bravery,…...

Spring 2020

One of the blessings of a real community is that it can survive, and often thrive, in the face of challenges. Such is the case with musicians, chefs, and other artisans across the country this year. To honor their bravery,…...

Winter 2020

Despite mounting evidence that our world is on an unsustainable course—illustrated most visibly by today’s accelerating climate disruptions—we see shreds of hope in those individuals who, within their particular fields, are...

Fall 2019

As manufacturing overseas has become widespread, it’s not uncommon to hear people complain that America doesn’t make things anymore. Yet in many areas of the country, economic creativity remains alive and well; it just faces...

Summer 2019

For many countries, cultural identity is largely defined by the crafts their artisans have taken to uncommon levels of mastery. Think French cheese or Italian shoes. In this summer’s issue, we spotlight some of the less familiar:...

Spring 2019

As change accelerates, the ways we learn, and adjust to challenges, have lost some of their moorings. Our Spring issue explores how craftsmanship’s principles of creativity and patience can help prepare tomorrow’s...

Winter 2019

In our second look at The Craft of Community, we explore how worker-owned co-ops can combat income inequality. We also bring back a story from our Archives about an initiative to rebuild trust between today’s hyper-polarized...

Fall 2018

Daily life is changing drastically these days because of a volatile new combination: climate change, rising population pressures, and the unbridled spread of technology. In the chaos that results, the basic human need for a sense of...

Summer 2018

Almost every profession has involved some system of apprenticeship, and mastery rarely occurs without it. While some countries have kept this time-honored tradition alive, others have let it fade. We look across the globe at how some...

Spring 2018

As technology spreads, opportunities for craftsmanship are growing in some unlikely places. Welcome to our series on “Craftsmanship and The Future of Work.” In this debut issue, we look into the forces behind today’s...

Winter 2018

The wafts of consumerism in the air during the holidays are almost impossible to avoid. But there are honorable ways to embrace them, through gifts designed to last a lifetime, and sometimes longer. Welcome to our Winter issue, which...

Fall 2017

As prices on mass-market clothing drop, and the amount many of us buy continually rises, we can’t help asking: Is eco-fashion really possible? Maybe, but not in the ways you might expect. Welcome to our Fall issue, and discover the…...

Summer 2017

In the peak of summer, what’s better than a slow-cooked meal, cold beer, and fine ice cream? To answer that question, we’re revisiting some of our favorite masters of food and libations. We begin with three: Paula Wolfert, who...

Spring 2017

In today’s overwrought political climate, both in the U.S. and abroad, it can seem as though our capacity for intelligent dialogue has disappeared. Mystified by this trend, we dedicate this issue to how we use language—to understand...

Winter 2017

With U.S. commitments to managing climate change wobbling under the new administration, the time for innovation at what is literally the world’s grass roots is upon us. Come meet a collection of fascinating water pioneers—in Australia,...

Fall 2016

Over the years, the time that both children and adults devote to playing with real stuff—cardboard and crayons, hammers and nails, leather and machine parts—has dwindled almost to extinction. In our Fall issue, we visit people who are...

Summer 2016

Now that the heat of summer has finally arrived, we can’t help thinking about the craftsmanship of fun. Seriously. To that happy end, we dedicate this issue, first, to a romp through the world of fine bicycles and some efforts…...

Spring 2016

You see it everywhere now—in tags and marketing campaigns for everything from wallets to clothes to cars. If it’s “Made in America,” by definition it’s supposed to be good, if not superior to foreign competitors. But is it really?...

Winter 2016

The holidays can make us feel like we’re filling our lives with more junk, so this issue focuses on real toys: building kits for girls, toy theatres, and the outlandish masks that inspire Venice’s legendary Carnival. We also follow a…...

Fall 2015

Something about alcohol seems to inspire creativity. American rum, Mexican mezcal, even our old friend, wine, are each being re-invented. Some of these innovations are purely hedonistic, while some are driven by the limits of our...

Summer 2015

While experiments are at the heart of inspiration in music, some of the discipline’s artists push the boundaries more than others. In this issue, we introduce you to a collection of master innovators who have tinkered in corners of...

Spring 2015

As the world gets hotter and drier, we have a unique opportunity: Start growing drought-friendly foods, and enjoy the ignored but luscious methods of cooking they inspire. Welcome to our examination of this sorely neglected frontier,...

Winter 2015

The agrarian philosopher Wendell Berry once said that “a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.” In today’s rapidly warming world, agricultural craftsmanship is more challenging than ever. That’s...

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