Throughout history, handcraft has been passed from one generation to the next. Whether a master to an apprentice or a parent to a child, this generational linking of skills and trades remained unbroken until the advent of the Industrial Revolution. But there are places where the tradition has been preserved.
Issue Thirteen presents several such stories. From our first Craft Research Grant recipient, who learned violin making from a Cape Breton craftsman, to a Colonial Williamsburg master blacksmith who still teaches the trade to apprentices as well as demonstrating for the general public, the value of craft mentorship is held high. The makers and thinkers of the past still have a great deal to offer us today.