Recognized by UNESCO for their long history and integral role in Irish cultural traditions, Ireland’s uilleann pipes are notoriously difficult…
The Whitehalls, classic wooden rowboats designed centuries ago as working crafts, are still alive on the San Francisco Bay.
In San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood — where you can still feel the pulse of film noir scenes from the 1940s, and then the Beat Generation in the 1960s — Cafe Jacqueline remains the only restaurant in the U.S. dedicated entirely to the art of the soufflè.
Step inside a family-owned workshop in Paracho, Mexico — birthplace of the ornate, white guitar made famous by the recent Disney movie, “Coco,” and home to some of the world’s most accomplished luthiers.
In a tiny town on Italy’s Northeastern coast, the Marchi print works may be the world’s last shop to produce handmade, rust-printed textiles from raw hemp, using a massive stone press dating to the 1600s.
While students at The Building Crafts College of East London work, they tell Trevor Marchand, an anthropologist, why craftsmanship matters to them.
Annemor Sundbø has dedicated her life to unearthing the myths and meaning behind Norwegian sweater traditions.
San Patrignano, a a 40-year-old community in Italy, uses craftsmanship to rehabilitate some of Europe’s most intractable drug addicts. And…
A Dutch archaeologist finds artisans and thought leaders who are redefining craft, skill and, ultimately, the real meaning of a…
“The Tale of a Women’s Coup: How the Indigenous Women of Michoacán overthrew a Criminal Cartel” – a mini-documentary produced…
A country blacksmith rediscovers an ancient sword making technique that has eluded the world’s greatest metal scientists for centuries.
In our mini-doc, “India’s New Carpet Weavers,” visit some villages where hand-knotted carpets are made.
Turning a breakup into a joke isn’t easy. After a LOT of trial and error, Yannis Pappas ended up with…
Michelle Buteau goes transcontinental, with a hilarious take on how the Dutch use a blackface performer to celebrate Christmas. video…
As you can see from this video, Nate Bargatze has perfected the art of dry humor–a style that suits a…
One way Marino evaluates gold leaf is to look at it against the light. Pure gold transmits green rays; highly…
The real secret to gold-beating the old way is in controlling the hammer’s rebound. One report from the 19th century…
In this 4-minute video, watch Jack Mauch make this door, hand-roasted slat by slat. Film by Jesse Beecher.
Since 2010, Kelly Carlisle has been trying to build options for youngsters in East Oakland–using an urban farm to inspire…
Master Pen Shaper Michael Masuyama gives us an inside look into his studio and discusses his passion for pens and…
Custom Namiki Falcon Resin Fountain Pen modified by John Mottishaw. He ground the nib (14k) extra fine and added flex…
Through years of painstaking, costly, and often fruitless detective work, Hugo Kohl has rescued an era of early American jewelry…
Visit Bob in his studio where he discusses how he became a Master Bladesmith and the founding of his reputation as the premier kitchen knifemaker in the country.
Anthony Bourdain heads to Olympia, Washington to see firsthand how Bob Kramer crafts a kitchen knife from melted meteorite. Episode directed by Rob Meyer.
Bob Kramer discusses some of the choices he has made, and the eclectic path that led him to spend his days examining the metallurgy behind a kitchen knife.
Anthony Bourdain travels to San Francisco to visit Arion Press. One of the last of its kind, this old-world printing shop has one of the most extensive collections of traditional lead type and bookbinding machinery in the world. Episode directed by Rob Meyer.
Qvevri wine-making takes its name from the tradition’s giant, earthenware vessels, the Qvevri. For centuries, wine has been fermented and stored in these vessels in villages and towns throughout the eastern European country of Georgia.
Once a disappearing breed, painters of hand-made signs are enjoying a small renaissance. Bob Dewhurst demonstrates his work and lets us visit his shop–a densely equipped trailer in the remnants of industrial San Francisco.
Jennifer Kamenetz, one of the very few female Jewish scribes in the world, demonstrates the way Jewish texts are lettered–a procedure that has not changed for thousands of years.
Watch Kinya Pollard, a.k.a. “the Harpsmith,” demonstrate how he tunes the reeds of a diatonic harmonica.
X-Reed Harmonicas was the first company to essentially re-invent a blues harmonica designed specifically for note-bending. Here, one of its founders demonstrates the “ChromaBender,” X-Reed’s hybrid chromatic-diatonic harmonica.
Blues Legend Charlie Musselwhite & Richard Bargel perform “Mississippi Beat Part I” at Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne, Germany March 26, 2007.
Watch Joe Filisko, a master harmonica customizer, perform in a classic, basement Blues club with Eric Noden
Lawrence “Butch” Morris demonstrates his improvisational approach to conducting jazz, which he saw as so much his own that he defined it with a registered trademark: Conduction®
Mike Snowden performs “Little Demon,” live from his workshop, where he makes cigar-box guitars in Marietta, Georgia.
Jeff Daniels, famed for his roles in Dumb and Dumber, Newsroom, and countless other films also happens to be a consummate musician and stand-up comedian. Here, while performing with his son’s band, he tells the hilarious story of how he discovered Snowden’s cigar-box guitars.
For our first mini-documentary, Craftsmanship profiles Mike Snowden, a Marietta, Ga., musician who makes and performs on cigar box guitars.
Snowden performs “Porch Song” — a surprisingly rich piece of music, given the minimal three strings on this cigar-box guitar. The piece is from his CD “Summer in the Fields – Cigar Box Guitar Instrumentals.”
Niyazi Sayin is as elusive as he is brilliant. Widely considered Turkey’s grand master of the “ney,” a flute made of reeds, he rarely plays anymore. Here is one instance where he did.
Salih Bilgin, another expert at playing the ney, performs a short piece in a Turkish concert hall
Another rare clip of Niyazi Sayin, master ney maker and player, in performance.
Visit the art and mysterious corners of Istanbul–background music by Niyazi Sayin
Michael Montenegro, an uncommonly inventive puppeteer and performer, discusses his work.
This performance by master puppeteer Michael Montenegro is a masterpiece of performance art – perhaps one of the more complex depictions of a puppeteer’s relationship with his puppet ever done. It’s also wonderfully funny.
Michael Montenegro’s puppets seem thrown together in a rush, with a random mish-mash of material. Yet underneath the chaos, as you will see in our short documentary of Montenegro making a puppet, lies a careful purpose.
In “Man with Bag,” master puppeteer Michael Montenegro portrays a classic, mama’s boy dork. We dare you to keep a straight face through this one.
In this excerpt of “Saldania,” puppeteer Michael Montenegro transforms himself into a playful old man.
In “Baby Gigi,” Michael Montenegro cracks up an audience with his rendition of a cantankerous three year-old.
New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein struggles through, and explains, the strange burdens of his line of work.
Salsa founder Ross Shafer, an incurable tinkerer, demonstrates his Rube Goldberg style stress testing machine, for the strings of his remarkable pedal steel guitar.
Jesus “Papito” Hernandez spent “his entire life” saving up$7,000 to buy this car. Then he spent 5 years reconstructing it. Watch him tell his remarkable story in our mini-documentary here.
In this ad for “Yak Bak,” early device makers mechanically guarantee that a sassy youngster will get the last word.
Bebo, an entirely self-taught mechanic in Cuba, demonstrates one of his inventions.