The Mortise & Tenon Craft Research Grant program is designed to create opportunities for new voices and passionate research to emerge in the realm of pre-industrial woodcraft. If you or someone you know has a dream of diving into a particular area of study for deeper understanding; if you’re smitten by the work of some obscure pre-industrial maker; if you’ve been bitten by the bug of exploring the folk arts practiced by your ancestors but have hit a wall of financial limitation, we want to help. 

Two grants will be awarded per year, each for up to $3,000 depending on the scope of research. A successful grant recipient will pursue his/her area of study in consultation with the M&T team, which will culminate in an essay published in the magazine. Our hope is that this program will unlock new avenues of study into the many craft traditions that exist around the world and will fuel new passion for and interest in the pursuit of handcraft today. We look forward to seeing applications come in from all around the world.


2021 Selected Recipients:

  • Agnes Chang will be partnering with woodworking instructor Adan Jhan in documenting the last professional handplane makers in Taiwan.
  • Kerry Lambertson will be focusing on vernacular violin making in eastern North America, with a particular focus on hand-tool methods and local materials.

You can read more about their research here.

Want to Apply?

The grant application can be found here. Please note, we only accept physically mailed copies of the application. The next round of recipients will be selected from applications received by June 1st, 2022


Want to Donate?

Those who would like to support the research grant can financially contribute to this work through a non-charitable donation. Donors will receive updates on the research they are supporting, as well as a special wax-sealed trade card denoting their contribution to the year’s grants. The generosity of donors ensures that new voices and new stories are heard and explored in the realm of pre-industrial handcraft for years to come. We thank you for supporting the preservation, research, and recreation of pre-industrial woodworking.

Want to read more? 

You can read blog posts discussing the Grant Program here.


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