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Craftsmanship Quarterly

22 EpisodesProduced by Craftsmanship InitiativeWebsite

Welcome to our podcast! We are a nonprofit, multimedia digital magazine focusing on in-depth profiles of intriguing artisans and innovators across the globe — the movers and makers who are creating a world built to last. To support this project, please consider making a donation — it's tax-deductibl… read more

22 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Real Film Strikes Back

December 3rd, 2020

43:26

Against all odds, and despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, old-fashioned, analog, motion-picture film is suddenly making a …

Mexico's Master Guitar Makers

November 30th, 2020

31:52

The now iconic white guitar made famous by the Disney film, “Coco,” was created in Paracho, a small Mexican town where almost every shop makes guitars. Underneath the new icon lies centuries of craftsmanship.

Mexico's …

Do the Most Interesting Musical Pipes Come from Ireland?

November 26th, 2020

35:08

While Scotland is branded by its famous Highland bagpipes, Ireland has long made a very different kind that plays a much wider range of music. Meet the indefatigable, obsessive masters of Irish uilleann pipes.

Do the …

The Toolbelt Masters

November 6th, 2020

34:54

With gumption, insight, and brilliant use of social media, a few guys in Virginia built an operation that makes what could be the world’s finest …

Japan’s Gorgeous, Precarious Fishing Poles

October 29th, 2020

24:49

While Japanese master craftsmen command up to $100,000 for turning bamboo into a fishing pole, aspiring younger makers can barely find anyone to take …

The Cigar Box Guitar Maker

September 24th, 2020

20:26

When a promising rock musician tired of the road and the pressure, he gave up music and got a job at a hardware store. Then one day, he had a revelation....

The Cigar Box Guitar Maker, written by Nancy LeBrun, …

The Healing Power of Bello

August 20th, 2020

37:07

On the Northeastern coast of Italy, an unusual drug treatment community uses craftsmanship to rehabilitate some of Europe’s most intractable drug addicts. San Patrignano — or "SanPa" — was founded more than 40 years ago …

The Power of the Scribe

July 2nd, 2020

23:09

Spiritual faith has long been shaped by the lettering on a religion’s sacred texts. This is particularly the case with Judaism, so we visited three …

Artisanal Homemade Bread, Made Simple

May 29th, 2020

17:48

Confined to our homes during the Covid-19 quarantine, many of us have realized this is an ideal time to start baking our own bread. The idea has spread so fast that stores are running out of flour and yeast. But fear …

The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton

April 23rd, 2020

35:12

Everyone in the fashion world wants to find a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to make cotton clothes — or a benign (and comfy) alternative. Some are on the brink of succeeding. But almost no one …

The Bug Whisperer

February 27th, 2020

18:10

Mark Sturges doesn’t advertise. Clients have to find him by word of mouth, but find him they do. He’s become a master of an agricultural art as old …

Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House

January 31st, 2020

30:05

As our environmental challenges mount — from devastating wildfires to hurricanes and floods — one solution, largely ignored thus far, may lie in …

The Bonsai Kid

November 13th, 2019

30:59

A young Oregonian believes that he can create a uniquely American form of the Japanese bonsai tree. And he is literally betting the farm on the idea that if he builds it, they will come.

The Bonsai Kid, written by Nancy …

When Indigenous Women Win

September 20th, 2019

22:02

In the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, a band of determined indigenous women led the overthrow of a criminal cartel. Their victory revived the town’s traditional livelihood, and ushered in a model form of …

The Jewelry Archaeologist

August 29th, 2019

44:04

Through years of painstaking, often combative detective work, Hugo Kohl rescued an era of early American jewelry manufacturing technology that was on …

How Far Can Beer Science Go?

August 15th, 2019

22:29

Where else would you expect to find a band of techno-scientific craft beer geeks, except in the industrial side of San Francisco, ground zero for …

The Watchman of Lausanne

July 26th, 2019

13:41

For more than six centuries, a lone figure—part guard, part human angel—has circled the bell tower every night in the Cathedral of Lausanne, calling out the hour. For the last 28 years, it’s been Renato Häusler’s turn. …

The Secrets of an Italian Gelato Master

June 28th, 2019

24:17

Gelato, it turns out, is a very different creature from ice cream. And there are reasons that the best gelato tastes so creamy yet somehow still light—and indescribably perfect. In honor of summer, we delve into the …

The Art of the Joke

May 24th, 2019

22:12

When you watch masterful stand-up comics perform, they seem just naturally hilarious. Don’t kid yourself; this is hard work — a craft like making …

The Architecture of Trust

May 10th, 2019

26:00

A quick glance at today’s hyperventilated political climate delivers an unmistakable message: We don’t know how to talk with each other anymore. A …

Eco-Fashion's Animal Rights Delusion

February 8th, 2019

34:50

In this exploration of the hidden stories behind materials such as wool and rayon, silk and polyester, and vegan leather, Alden Wicker — a frequent …

The Drought Fighter

January 31st, 2019

1:07:06

Could a small, controversial farmer in California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? With only minimal irrigation, …

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