The Violins of Cremona

Since the 16th century, Cremona’s luthiers—including Stradivari himself—have been using a particularly resonant wood from Paneveggio, known as Italy’s “violin…

Produced by: Craftsmanship Quarterly
Cinematography by: Luisa Grosso
Edited by: Luisa Grosso
Music by: Silvia Tarozzi, except as noted

John Butler: Devoted Maker of Ireland’s Uilleann Pipes

Recognized by UNESCO for their long history and integral role in Irish cultural traditions, Ireland’s uilleann pipes are notoriously difficult…

Produced by: Craftsmanship Quarterly
Cinematography by: Ruth Carden
Edited by: Paige Bierma
Music by: John Butler

Whitehall: An Homage to a Classic Rowboat

The Whitehalls, classic wooden rowboats designed centuries ago as working crafts, are still alive on the San Francisco Bay.

Produced by: Craftsmanship Quarterly
Cinematography by: Wendy Schuss
Edited by: Paige Bierma

Cafe Jacqueline and the Art of the Soufflé

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.

Produced by: Craftsmanship Quarterly
Cinematography by: Phoebe Rubin
Edited by: Paige Bierma

Watching a Master Luthier at Work

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.

Produced by: Craftsmanship Quarterly
Cinematography by: Andrew Sullivan
Edited by: Andrew Sullivan
Music by: Hector Tapia, Guillermo Rubio

The Ancient Mangle of Santarcangelo di Romagna

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.

Produced by: Craftsmanship Quarterly
Cinematography by: Luisa Grosso
Edited by: Luisa Grosso

The Intelligent Hand

While students at The Building Crafts College of East London work, they tell Trevor Marchand, an anthropologist, why craftsmanship matters to them.

The Philosophy of ‘Bello’

San Patrignano, a a 40-year-old community in Italy, uses craftsmanship to rehabilitate some of Europe’s most intractable drug addicts. And…

The Future Is Handmade

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

“The Tale of a Women’s Coup: How the Indigenous Women of Michoacán overthrew a Criminal Cartel” – a mini-documentary produced…

Al Pendray: The Wootz Hunter

A country blacksmith rediscovers an ancient sword making technique that has eluded the world’s greatest metal scientists for centuries.

The Pen Shaper

Master Pen Shaper Michael Masuyama gives us an inside look into his studio and discusses his passion for pens and…

Tour guide: Hugo Kohl

Through years of painstaking, costly, and often fruitless detective work, Hugo Kohl has rescued an era of early American jewelry…

Bob Kramer: “The Fire Inside”

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.

Bob Kramer’s “Essential Line”

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 visits Arion Press for Raw Craft

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.

Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making method

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.

Bob Dewhurst: Vintage Sign Painter

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: Jewish Scribe

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.

The ChromaBender: an all-new blues 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.

Solo performance by Michael Montenegro

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, master puppeteer, at work

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.

Papito and his 1957 Chevy

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.