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The Recipients of the 2021 M&T Craft Research Grant

After much agonizing over the pile of compelling applications we received, we have whittled it down to the two final grant recipients. Our first recipient is Agnes Chang, who will be partnering with woodworking instructor Adan Jhan in documenting the last professional handplane makers in Taiwan. Traditional Taiwanese handplanes (which resemble Japanese tools but are pushed rather than pulled, at standing benches) are an amalgamation of Chinese, Japanese, and Western influences, and the modifications and adaptations made to these styles offer clues about the overlapping evolution of each. Chang and Jhan will be touring Taiwan to learn from the remaining few traditional planemakers to study how the traditional methods of making and using these handplanes might offer wisdom for the...

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Deadline for Craft Research Grant: June 1st

  Taking the time or finding the resources to be able to pursue craft knowledge can be hard when you’re a fixed-income retiree, a strapped grad student, or the breadwinner of a young and growing family. We’ve established the Mortise & Tenon Craft Research Grant to help folks from all walks of life to make these opportunities possible.   If you’ve been intending to apply but haven’t yet sent the application out in the mail, we recommend you do so ASAP, because the deadline is only two weeks away: June 1st. Mike and I already have a stack to read through and we’ve heard from others hoping to apply. We’ll be selecting the first two grant recipients in the first...

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The M&T Research Grant

If you’ve followed M&T for any amount of time, you know that we are zealous about pre-industrial craft. From furniture making to timber framing to chair-seat weaving to blacksmithing, we tend to get sucked into the rabbit hole of a given trade and try to learn all we can about it. The authors who write for the magazine are much the same, and we love to connect with new artisans or students of a discipline who excel in their particular field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Having fresh voices with unique viewpoints does wonders to breathe new life into the sometimes-dry realm of historical research. Over the years, we have met many such individuals who are fired up...

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