By Katherine Rosman | Photographs by Christopher Griffith
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Artisan stands for quality. “The craftsman is a haughty figure,” says Matthew B. Crawford, the author of “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work.” “He does what he knows how to do well. If he finds an audience, that’s great. But for him it’s about pride.” Richard Sennett, the renowned sociologist and professor at New York University and the London School of Economics, argues in his 2008 book, “The Craftsman,” that working with one’s hands impacts intellectual thought and philosophical reasoning. “Craftsmanship is about doing something well for its own sake,” he says. As Americans moved away from creating tangible goods—as they shifted from manufacturing to a service economy—they let go of the commitment and patience required to perfect a skill. “The work ethic has been weakened in America and Britain,” Sennett says. “It’s an issue of quality of work.”
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com