Shop time should be an adventure. Handcraft is not a “one and done” pursuit –there’s always room to hone skills and explore new creative avenues. Curiosity is a valuable trait to cultivate, and the desire to learn about craft cultures and practices outside our norms offers no end to the discoveries that can be made.
Issue Twelve offers a number of such paradigm-stretching excursions. Uniquely diverse trades and folk crafts, from building Japanese cormorant fishing boats to pounding ash splints for basketry to riving Spanish poplar for simple chairs, share a common foundation that is both material – namely, wood – and philosophical. As Don Williams puts it, “the courage of curiosity” is the key to unpacking these insights.