As the importance of manual work has declined, we’ve seen an erosion of an entire culture of skills, and way of thinking, that once brought creativity, meaning, and a visceral sense of satisfaction to the everyday lives of millions. The Craftsmanship Initiative focuses on how craftsmanship’s approach to excellence can play a role in solving 21st Century challenges, and how its blend of the arts, industry, and science can provide people with opportunities to use their heads, hands, and hearts, in their work and in our culture at large.
In our journal, Craftsmanship Quarterly, you will find dozens of original stories covering traditional artisans as well as innovators in fields such as farming, water use, and manufacturing. In the coming year, we have plans to expand our programs to include immersive events, scholarships, and other opportunities that blend the arts with science and industry.
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Check out the new Spring issue of Craftsmanship Quarterly: The Art of the Word!
In our latest Spring 2017 issue, we examine our capacity for intelligent dialogue and how we use language – to understand one another, to record history, and to define our spiritual faith. In other topics, we offer a guide to the best craftsmanship schools and workshops; and explore Burano, a Venetian Island where fine lace is still made by hand.
An expert in linguistics explores our new argumentative culture to find ways that Americans of different beliefs can start believing in each other again.
For centuries, spiritual faith has been shaped in part by how its scribes form the letters of their sacred texts. We visit with three scribes in three very different corners of the Jewish faith—Jerusalem; Brooklyn; and Berkeley, California – to understand why people still go to all this trouble.
In residential San Francisco, a Greek revival building has been transformed into the library of the future, the world’s only Internet Archive. Home to 11 million books and texts, 279 billion web pages, and 100,000 software programs.
One would think the invention of digital lettering for commercial signs was a step forward. It turns out that signs painted by hand, offered a beauty and personality today’s automated version can’t duplicate, or outlast. We explore what’s left of the old tradition, and stumble on small but lively seeds of revival.
Across the U.S., scores of schools offer courses and workshops in everything from boat-building to glass blowing to knife making. But no one has created an informed guide to all these courses—until now. If you’ve always wanted to become a woodworker, make your own sausage, or fix your grandfather’s antique violin, here are detailed descriptions of the best programs we could find.