There was a time, in the not so distant past, when we made more stuff. Things were less disposable – we fixed our possessions when they broke. The furniture, dishes and home goods we kept in our lives had stories behind them and were built with purpose. I believe we’ve lost much of that handmade magic. That’s why I joined this team as the new editor in January. I want people to make more of the stuff they have in their lives, to learn the virtues of craft. Fortunately, if you’re reading this, you’re already part of the solution.
All across the country, people are picking up dusty old tools, wandering into home centers and tool sheds, and reigniting that making spirit. Community workshops are opening up. The internet is enabling creatives from all disciplines to sell their wares, tell their stories and give us glimpses of a handmade ecosystem. If you’ve been paying attention, those feelings of yearning to work with your hands, to create solid, tangible, beautiful works have been there all along.