Craftsmanship Quarterly

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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-deductible! www.craftsmanship.net/donate

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Rebecca Burgess is the executive director of Fibershed, an internationally recognized nonprofit focused on transforming the clothing and textile system, the author of two books, and a vocationally trained weaver and natural dyer. She sat down with Craftsmanship Quarterly to talk about price and privilege when it comes to "slow fashion," why the world can no longer afford fast fashion, and what she learned from a year of only wearing clothing produced within 150 miles of her home. This episode is part of our series “Artisan Interviews,” in which we bring you conversations with the artisans behind the stories, and with those  who write about them. Craftsmanship Quarterly is a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Dec 2

33 min 25 sec

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 understands these innovations’ social costs. "The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton," written and narrated by Alden Wicker, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Editor’s note: This story was updated from the original by the author for re-release in our Fall 2021 issue. Written by ALDEN WICKER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by ALDEN WICKER Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN

Nov 4

29 min 38 sec

This episode is part of our series “Artisan Interviews,” in which we bring you conversations with the artisans behind the stories, and with those who write about them. Alden Wicker, award-winning journalist, sustainable fashion expert, and founder of EcoCult, talks about her disillusionment with the idea of “voting with your dollars;" why the cotton industry is in disarray; and some concerning new research around toxicity and chemicals in fashion. Craftsmanship Quarterly is a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Oct 15

25 min 20 sec

If you want an unusually cozy scarf or sweater made of natural fiber, merino wool or alpaca are the usual choices. But what about the guanaco, the alpaca’s little-known cousin, which grows even finer fleece? For Adriana Marina, the guanaco’s time has come to be South America’s finest source for sustainable textiles. "Argentina’s Textile Crusader" written and narrated by Alden Wicker, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Written by ALDEN WICKER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by ALDEN WICKER Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS Alden Wicker is an award-winning journalist and sustainable fashion expert.

Oct 1

27 min 47 sec

Fountain pens have always served as the quintessential combination of beauty, tradition, and dexterity. But did you know they’re also tools of  environmental consciousness? Join our tour of the fountain pen’s  history, infinite varieties, and remarkable powers. With tips for shopping and maintenance. "The Perfect Pen" written by Tim Redmond, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of  charge and free of advertising. Written by TIM REDMOND Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by CHRIS EGUSA Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Aug 24

17 min 29 sec

As interest in hunting with a bow and arrow has risen, much of the gear has gone high-tech. Meanwhile, a small band of purists like Gabriel Miossi have turned to a traditional Native American weapon: the stick bow. "The Lost Art of Traditional Bow Hunting" written by David Munro, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Written by MEGHAN WARD Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by Göran Norquist Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN

Aug 11

24 min 3 sec

As the economy’s reliance on innovation grows, the offering of toys for  girls remains–well, somewhat less than innovative. Fortunately, a few smart women are starting to solve this problem by reviving the time-honored principles of tinkering, this time for girls. "Let Tinkerbell Tinker" written by David Munro, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Written by DAVID MUNRO Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by Göran Norquist Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Jul 28

27 min 10 sec

In a growing number of artisanal shops dotted around the globe, small-scale perfume artists are bottling a world of scents left untapped  by commercial fragrance houses. "Led by the Nose" written by Barbara Tannenbaum, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of  charge and free of advertising. Written by BARBARA TANNENBAUM Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Jul 15

36 min 59 sec

An American woodworker’s love affair with “the best” (and perhaps least  well-known) sculpture museum in Paris – and what the affair taught him. "The Soul of French Invention" written by Gary Rogowski, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising.

Jul 1

17 min 4 sec

A writer searches Istanbul's cafes and alleys for the king of the ney, an enigmatic — and at times, endangered — flute that has long been a mainstay of Muslim musical traditions. "The Reed Artist," written by Rollo Romig, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Written by ROLLO ROMIG Narrated by GORAN NORQUIST Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / NEYZEN EMIN

Jun 24

42 min 37 sec

Go-go music is a rhythm-heavy blend of funk, soul, and blues that is at the very heart of Washington, D.C.'s Black community. And while the style has been influencing Top 40 hits for decades, it's little known outside the District. In this episode of Craftsmanship Quarterly's Artisan Interviews, two key artists in the go-go scene, Shorty Corleone and Roy Battle, discuss go-go's distinctive sound, growing up in the scene, and why a live show is not to be missed. For a more in-depth look at go-go music, check out "Washington, D.C.’s Homegrown Funk: Go-Go Music", written by Alona Wartofsky. Craftsmanship Quarterly is a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Chris Egusa Produced by: Chris Egusa Music by: Shorty Corleone, Roy Battle, Rare Essence, Chuck Brown, Grover Washington, Jr., Killa Cal, Hot Cold Sweat, The Pure Elegance Band, TOB

Jun 17

13 min 45 sec

Nand Kishore Chaudhary built Jaipur Rugs into a runaway success by  working closely with India’s poorest citizens, and by developing an  apprenticeship system around India’s chronic battles with child labor.  How do such difficult pieces fit into India’s social and economic  puzzle? "India's Rug Saint," written by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly,  a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the  architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos,  audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge  and free of advertising. Written by CATHRYN JAKOBSON RAMIN Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Jun 10

36 min 4 sec

While prosperous countries like the U.S. have struggled to keep their honeybees alive, Greece continues to produce what many consider the  world’s finest honey. What’s the Greeks’ secret? And why can’t everyone else keep up? "Greece’s Secret to Perfect Honey," written by Robert Lovato, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Written by Rob Waters Introduction by Chris Egusa Narrated by Izaak Sibley Produced by Chris Egusa Music by Mike Snowden / Blue Dot Sessions

Jun 3

30 min 45 sec

Against all odds, and despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, old-fashioned, analog, motion-picture film is suddenly making a comeback. What’s the magic in this old medium that digital technology can’t seem to match? Real Film Strikes Back, written by David Munro, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Chris Egusa Narrated by: Goran Norquist Produced by: Chris Egusa Music by: Mike Snowden

May 25

31 min 26 sec

You’ve probably never heard the term “acequia,” but it describes one of  the oldest methods of irrigation on the planet. Too bad American  ranchers have largely ignored it. "The Hydraulic Genius of Shari’ah Law," written by Robert Lovato, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly,  a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the  architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge  and free of advertising. Written by Robert Lovato Introduction by Chris Egusa Narrated by Mitch Greenberg Produced by Chris Egusa Music by Mike Snowden

May 19

24 min 38 sec

As today’s motorcycles become more high-tech, the simplicity of a vintage bike becomes more appealing. Among the simplest are Japanese  models from the 1970s, particularly the Hondas. That’s why people visit Dave Stefani, whose San Francisco shop looks like a mechanical surgery  ward. "The Wizard of Old Wheels", written by Todd Oppenheimer, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Written by Owen Edwards Introduction by Chris Egusa Narrated by Göran Norquist Produced by Chris Egusa Music by Mike Snowden / Blue Dot Sessions

May 5

14 min 49 sec

One man’s quiet fight to save your face, your bank account, and the environment from an endless case of shaving rash. "Occupy Your Bathroom", written by Todd Oppenheimer, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly,  a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the  architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio  recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and  free of advertising. Written by TODD OPPENHEIMER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by TODD OPPENHEIMER Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Apr 22

22 min 36 sec

On a funky old pier along San Francisco’s waterfront, Autodesk, a world  leader in digital tools for makers, runs a futuristic prototype shop  that may be redefining the meaning of craftsmanship. "Is Digital Craftsmanship an Oxymoron?", written by Todd Oppenheimer, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly,  a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the  architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos,  audio recordings, and resources on our site. Written by TODD OPPENHEIMER Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by IZAAK SIBLEY Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN / BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Apr 21

16 min 23 sec

Eddie Muller has dedicated his life to finding, restoring, and  re-releasing lost films of the great Film Noir era of the 1940s and  ’50s. His goal: the preservation of our cinematic history, well beyond  film noir. "The Celluloid Gumshoe", written by Barbara Tannenbaum, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Written by Barbara Tannenbaum Introduction by Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by Dinah Berkeley Produced by Larry Rosen Music by Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker” Additional Music by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 24

36 min 40 sec

In Venice, Italy, a city built for endless walking, a determined young woman named Daniela Ghezzo has mastered the rare art of simultaneously beautifying and comforting the human foot. "The Soul of the Italian Shoe", written by Erla Zwingle, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly,  a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the  architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos,  audio recordings, and resources on our site. Written by ERLA ZWINGLE Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker”

Mar 10

44 min 49 sec

With only a quick glance at today’s overheated political climate—the balkanized geography between red and blue states, the bombastic former president, the strident social media culture, all culminating in the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol—you get an unmistakable message: We don’t know how to talk with each other anymore, let alone build common ground. An expert in linguistics explores our new argumentative culture to find ways that Americans of different beliefs can start believing in each other again. "The Architecture of Trust", written by Michael Erard, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Written by MICHAEL ERARD Introduction by CHRIS EGUSA Narrated by MITCHELL GREENBERG Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”

Mar 10

31 min 1 sec

On a small island near Venice, the fine art of hand-sewn lace somehow remains alive. Our correspondent visits with the master craftswomen of Burano to learn their history, their secrets, and the prospects for their future. Women Who Embroider the Air originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge, and free of advertising. Written by ERLA ZWINGLE Introduction by ANH OPPENHEIMER Narrated by NANCY LEBRUN Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER” Additional Music by BLUE DOT SESSIONS

Feb 24

34 min 27 sec

Animals, plants, soil, and air have long collaborated to regulate our climate by stimulating “the water cycle.” They have also helped control natural disasters like the wildfires now raging in Australia — until we disrupted their partnership. The good news is that there is a clear pathway to reconciliation. The New Water Alchemists originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge, and free of advertising. Written by JUDITH D. SCHWARTZ Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF  “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”

Feb 9

42 min 46 sec

When Mae Gaines moved from Los Angeles, CA, to Boise, Idaho, she expected her life would be different. What she didn't anticipate was the response when she opened Boise's first — and only — vegan soul food restaurant.  *Trigger warning: This episode contains an offensive racial slur, repeated by the interviewee as she describes a real-life incident of verbal assault. We chose to leave the word as spoken in the context of the story. The episode has been marked 'explicit' to ensure that listeners are aware of it; there is no other offensive language or adult content in this story.  This podcast is a supplement to the story, Soul Food Gets the Vegan Treatment, written by Terry Collins and published in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge, and free of advertising. Introduction by MELANIE EVERSLEY Narrated by TERRY COLLINS & SHAKEEMA SMALLS, with MAE GAINES Produced by CHRIS EGUSA Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”

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Feb 4

31 min 39 sec

In the 1970s, Hohner, the world’s largest harmonica manufacturer, changed its flagship model, and in the process its signature sound. A few musicians and harp customizers waged a quiet rebellion. And they won. The Return of the Harmonica originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge, and free of advertising. Written by BEN MARKS Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by GORAN NORQUIST Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN

Jan 25

35 min 25 sec

In a postcard-perfect valley in southern Norway, Annemor Sundbø nurtures her life’s work: old garments, paintings, and other clues to the myths and meaning woven for centuries into Norwegian sweaters. Now she’s trying to bring back the sheep that used to sustain this time-honored craft. The Norwegian Sweater Detective originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge, and free of advertising. Written by SARAH POLLOCK Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”

Jan 7

28 min 18 sec

Marino Menegazzo hammers gold leaf by hand into sheets 200 times thinner than a human hair. He works in the same studio where Titian, one of Italy’s great Renaissance artists, once lived and painted. Now Menegazzo’s craft, where the hand can still beat a machine, is on the edge of extinction. The World's Greatest Goldbeater originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on master artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge, and free of advertising. Written by ERLA ZWINGLE Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN

Dec 2020

29 min 52 sec

In a corrugated tin shed that somehow survived California’s massive fires in Sonoma Valley, Gary Freeman labors to keep old VW Beetles and vans—the cars that defined the counterculture of the 1960s—chugging along. Some become great “daily drivers” for as little as $15,000; some get auctioned for more than $200,000. It’s all part of one man’s quest for automotive immortality. The VW Doctor Is In originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by ANH OPPENHEIMER Narrated by GORAN NORQUIST Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN

Dec 2020

19 min 38 sec

Bill Black has poured his life into refining a simple piece of handmade horse gear called a hackamore. Although the device is rarely used anymore, it can teach a horse to work cattle with unusual brilliance, and beauty. The Rawhide Artist originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine focused on artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Written by ANDY RIEBER Introduction by SUMMER BROWN Narrated by DINAH BERKELEY Produced by LARRY ROSEN Music by MIKE SNOWDEN OF  “THE CIGAR BOX GUITAR MAKER”

Dec 2020

33 min 48 sec

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 Master Guitar Makers, written by Laura Fraser, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Adriana Morga Produced by: Adriana Morga Music by: Mike Snowden

Nov 2020

31 min 55 sec

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 Most Interesting Musical Pipes Come from Ireland?, written by Larry Gallagher, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden; John Butler

Nov 2020

35 min 8 sec

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 toolbelts. Meet "The Toolbelt Masters of Diamondback". The Toolbelt Masters, written by Lorraine Sanders, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Nancy LeBrun Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden

Nov 2020

34 min 54 sec

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 them on as apprentices. And this isn't the only time-honored Japanese craft at the brink of extinction. How could this happen in a country that, for centuries, has served as a model of handmade perfection? Japan's Gorgeous, Precarious Fishing Poles, written by Yukari Iwatani Kane, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Nancy LeBrun Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden

Oct 2020

24 min 49 sec

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, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Nancy LeBrun Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden, with songs by Lightnin' Hopkins, C.B. Soars, and A.J. Gaither 

Sep 2020

20 min 26 sec

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 by a hotelier who inherited a 200-hectare estate and wanted to do something about the epidemic of addiction  in nearby Rimini. He began by inviting drug addicts to his estate for Christmas, then bringing them home to live with his family. Eventually, he founded an informal, alternative medicine free clinic at their weekend farm, and from there, he began building the community. The Healing Power of Bello, written by LAURA FRASER, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Avanthika Srinivasan Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.

Aug 2020

37 min 7 sec

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 Hebrew scribes—in Jerusalem, New York City, and the liberal enclave of Berkeley, California—to understand why such laborious traditions continue. The Power of the Scribe, written by BRYCE T. BAUER with contributions by LYNN HOLSTEIN and TODD OPPENHEIMER, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.

Jul 2020

23 min 9 sec

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 not. Resources abound for how to make your own yeast, and even your own flour. Artisanal Homemade Bread Made Simple, written by Todd Oppenheimer, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising. Introduction by: Anh Oppenheimer Narrated by: Todd Oppenheimer Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.

May 2020

17 min 48 sec

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 as agriculture itself: basic compost. The Bug Whisperer, written by Kristin Ohlson, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You'll find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and other resources on our site — all free of charge and free of advertising.  Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Dinah Berkeley Produced by: Larry Rosen

Feb 2020

18 min 10 sec

As our environmental challenges mount — from devastating wildfires to hurricanes and floods — one solution, largely ignored thus far, may lie in using an unlikely-sounding material for home-building: straw. Has the lowly straw bale home’s time finally come? Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House, written by M.E.A. ("Mea") McNeil, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Dinah Berkeley Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

Jan 2020

30 min 5 sec

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 Lebrun, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Avanthika Srinivasan Produced by: Larry Rosen Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

Nov 2019

30 min 59 sec

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 self-government. When Indigenous Women Win, written by Andrew Sullivan, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Goran Norquist Produced by: Aaron Cundy

Sep 2019

22 min 2 sec

Through years of painstaking, often combative detective work, Hugo Kohl rescued an era of early American jewelry manufacturing technology that was on the brink of extinction. And what Kohl makes with these old machines turns out to be superior, in many ways, to the finest modern jewelry. "The Jewelry Archeologist", written by Alison Main, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Dinah Berkeley Produced by: Larry Rosen

Aug 2019

44 min 4 sec

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 startups? Join our fermentation correspondent as she travels to the outer edges of beer flavors with the boys of Method Brewing.  "How Far Can Beer Science Go", written and narrated by Grace Rubenstein, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Grace Rubenstein Produced by: Aaron Cundy Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

Aug 2019

22 min 29 sec

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. High above the ancient city, Häusler calls out the time five nights a week. “C’est le guet! Il a sonné dix…Il a sonné dix!” (It’s the night watch. It’s 10 o’clock. It’s 10 o’clock…). "The Watchman of Lausanne", written by Michael Cervin, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Leroy Graham Produced by: Aaron Cundy Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

Jul 2019

13 min 41 sec

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 secrets of artisanal gelato-making from master gelatiere Andrea Soban of Valenza, Italy. "The Secrets of an Italian Gelato Master", written by Erla Zwingle, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Avanthika Srinivasan Produced by: Aaron Cundy Music by: Mike Snowden of “The Cigar Box Guitar Maker.”

Jun 2019

24 min 17 sec

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 anything else of value. "The Art of the Joke", written by David Munro, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Todd Oppenheimer Produced by: Larry Rosen & Aaron Cundy

May 2019

22 min 12 sec

In this exploration of the hidden stories behind materials such as wool and rayon, silk and polyester, and vegan leather, Alden Wicker — a frequent writer, blogger, and speaker on sustainable fashion — finds some inconvenient truths about the animal rights movement. "Eco-Fashion's Animal Rights Delusion", written by Alden Wicker, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site. Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Dinah Berkeley Produced by: Larry Rosen

Feb 2019

34 min 50 sec

Could a small, controversial farmer in California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? With only minimal irrigation, and gross profits of more than $100,000 an acre, Paul Kaiser certainly thinks so. "The Drought Fighter", written by Todd Oppenheimer, originally appeared in Craftsmanship Quarterly, a multimedia online magazine about artisans, innovators, and the architecture of excellence. You can find many more stories, videos, audio recordings, and resources on our site.  Introduction by: Summer Brown Narrated by: Todd Oppenheimer Produced by: Larry Rosen

Jan 2019

1 hr 7 min