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Have you ever looked at potters smiling from their booth at the farmers’ market and wondered: “what’s their deal?” Have you ever considered whose hands are behind the wooden chair you're sitting on? How about those fancy kitchen knives you admire? Cut the Craft is a podcast that brings stories of handcraft and its makers to you. Perhaps you are a craftsperson looking for a fresh perspective, or a newcomer to handmade things; no matter your starting point, your hosts Amy Umbel and Brien Beidl ...
 
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Recorded February 22, 2021. Woodcarver Danielle Rose Byrd started out making things with anything she could get her hands on. Her ingenuity has continued to influence her work as she starts to include different materials into her practice. Danielle is particularly interested in conceptual woodworking and its interplay with function. She makes bowls…
 
Recorded February 15, 2021. Papermaker and book artist Radha Pandey gives us an in-depth view into the history of papermaking, starting in China, Korea and Japan, and it’s subsequent migration to India and Europe. She tells us why she’s so interested in our collective relationship with nature, and how her childhood fostered observation of the envir…
 
Recorded February 8, 2021. Studio potter Akira Satake shapes his story for us as he circled around creativity through a variety of life paths. He started his journey through photography and music but came to a breaking point that led him to pottery. Through ceramics, Akira is inspired by the collaboration between himself, clay and fire. Even when h…
 
Recorded February 1, 2021. Book arts legend, Hedi Kyle, guides us through her career as a book conservator and her ground-breaking influence on the book art community. As well as her depth of experience, Hedi stresses the importance of learning the foundational techniques before breaking out into something new. And as time goes on she’s more free t…
 
Recorded January 18, 2021. Metalsmith Erica Moody introduces us to her first experiences with setting goals, financial stress, large projects and the behind the scenes effort that goes into building a business. In a moment of life’s intensity she pivoted toward her current style of work by coming around to her place as a maker in Maine. She special…
 
Recorded December 14, 2020. Designer/maker, Cody Nowell, guides us on her journey towards homecraft. Having a background in textiles, Cody landed her first job sewing sails for sailboats. The technical experience from that job has helped her explore a variety of goods, including leather bags, accessories, and even clothing. Cody also spends time ma…
 
Recorded December 7, 2020. Letterpress wizard and graphic designer Brad Vetter has a lot to say about his start in crafting designs with letter press, often towing the line between laser engraving and traditional letterpress technologies. From his humble beginnings as a copy boy, Brad has grown into a letterpress superstar with an impressive list o…
 
Recorded November 10, 2020. We decided to mix up this episode a bit for the holidays! This is a two-way interview, where we have a few questions for woodworker and teacher Thiago Endrigo, and he has a few for us! We covered a lot of ground including the variety of reasons one may get into handcraft, how “placing” oneself can happen through handwork…
 
Recorded December 3, 2020. This Side Projects starts with announcements from John C. Campbell Folk School and North House Folk School, and progresses into a collaboration with Ray Deftereos of Hand Tool Book Review podcast! Ray chose to share and provide context for a reading from John Ruskin of the Arts and Crafts movement. Many listeners are most…
 
Recorded October 1, 2020. Miriam Johnson is a London-based stone carver, mason, and sculptor. She chiseled herself a place in stone carving at age 17 and hasn’t looked back since. She has a diverse background in both architectural masonry and the artistry of stone carving, and brings both aspects into her work through private commissions and workin…
 
Recorded September 17, 2020. Weaver, spinner, and natural dyer Cassie Dickson guides us through her vast experience with fibers and textiles. Cassie mostly works with flax linen; growing, processing and using the flax plant, but also has maintained silkworms for many years. She was employed full time in the public school system for many years, whic…
 
Recorded November 2, 2020. This Side Project starts with monthly announcements from John C. Campbell Folk School and North House Folk School. Amy then reads Chapter 2: The Workmanship of Risk and workmanship of Certainty, from The Nature and Art of Workmanship by David Pye. Amy and Brien share their viewpoints and experiences within craft and life …
 
Recorded September 12, 2020. Aimee Lee weaves many aspects into being a craftsperson: she’s an artist, writer, and papermaker. In this episode, she highlights important terms like hanji (Korean paper) and jiseung (Korean paper basketry), and shares some of their history and practice. She highlights how important her relationships are to plants, lan…
 
Recorded on September 3, 2020. In this episode, metalsmith Seth Gould hammers out the nuances of metalworking. Seth forges and hand-files his work rather than sanding it, and is intrigued by the idea of “perceived precision.” Seth is inspired by his travels in Europe and Japan and has learned various techniques from both traditions. Be prepared to …
 
Recorded October 10, 2020. For Side Projects 3, Brien finally convinces Amy to share her article "A Sense of Place," which was published in Issue 8 of Mortise and Tenon Magazine. In it, Amy discusses some of the nuances of inspiration versus appropriation, as well as the joys of exploring the resources that await right outside your door. Amy and Br…
 
Recorded August 27, 2020. In this episode, founder of Beam Paints Anong Beam illustrates her journey into paint making. Anong shares her childhood observation of her artistic parents, her formal art education, and how owning an art supply store guided her into becoming a paint maker. She teaches us how to start making paint, safety issues not often…
 
Recorded August 13, 2020. Glassblower/Painter/Crafting the Future Co-Founder Corey Pemberton walks us through the steps involved in blowing glass as he shares how he entered into the world of glassblowing and how it differs from other mediums. Corey also speaks about his interest in a diversity of crafts and how that knowledge is something he appli…
 
Recorded July 25, 2020. Woodworker Ouida Vincent shares her inexplicable draw toward 16th and 17th century joinery on this episode of Cut the Craft. She explains how her medical training has influenced her approach to working with her hands, and also her personal experiences with the woodworking community. To see more of Ouida’s work check her out …
 
Recorded May 7, 2020. Legendary Windsor Chair maker Curtis Buchanan from Jonesborough, Tennessee spends some time with Amy and Brien explaining a wide range of fascinating topics. He gives a helpful definition of different types of chairs and he discusses the idea of flow in workmanship, as well as some of the history of green-woodworking in the Un…
 
We’re back at it! Side Projects 2 circles back around to listener responses to our question, “What do you do when you’re not feeling it?” We read each response and comment with our own extremely qualified opinions surrounding how folks answered. The episode finishes up with craft school announcements and opportunities. Support the show (http://www.…
 
Recorded April 30 2020. During this episode of Cut the Craft, we speak with to April Stone, a Black Ash basket weaver from the Bad River band of Ojibwa in Northern Wisconsin. April guides us through the entire process of harvesting, preparing the splints and then weaving baskets. She shares what she’s learned through the process: not just how to we…
 
Recorded April 24, 2020. David Grimes, calligrapher and penman from Portland Oregon, explains his love of the care and intention that goes into expressing the written word through his craft. He guides us through the twists and turns of terms like; script, font, uppercase, lowercase, cursive, engrosser's script, and roundhand. He also clues us in to…
 
Recorded April 8, 2020. Dawson Moore is a green woodworker based in Michigan who spends his days carving kitchen utensils and a variety of other wooden items such as cups, chopsticks, and chairs. For Dawson, enjoying the process is a prerequisite to dedicating time to crafting an item. If he doesn’t like making it, he does not sell it. He shares so…
 
Erin Fletcher is a bookbinder from Boston Massachusetts. She focuses on unique bindings that incorporate fiber arts in books that have text. She splits her time between working for clients and creating unique works of art for exhibitions. She expands on traditional and experimental materials, and their efficacy. A graduate of North Bennet Street sc…
 
Tim Manney is a chair and tool maker based in Portland, Maine. He primarily builds ladderback chairs using green woodworking principles, but also uses kiln-dried lumber in his process. Although he started his woodworking journey making chairs with influential Windsor chairmaker Curtis Buchannan in Tennessee, he’s found that he’s making more tools f…
 
Welcome to Side Projects, a space dedicated to interesting essays and thoughts, and also a place where we share current happenings at craft schools for those looking for classes or scholarship opportunities. Our first project is dedicated to reading an excerpt from Bruce Metcalf's essay, “The Hand: at the Heart of Craft.” We reflect on the essay, b…
 
Courtney Martin is a Spruce Pine, NC-based studio potter specializing in wood fired goods. She talks about her influences of geometry and the pottery of Mata Ortiz, which based a pottery style on the archeology of Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico. She also touches on pirates and parenting while working as a full-time craftsperson. With Courtney, …
 
Beth Homa-Kraus is a Minneapolis-based birch bark weaver. Beth introduces filthy basket talk, weaver fever and some very important bark removal techniques. She touches on the usefulness of trying new crafts and how important harvesting and processing material is to the final product. Adventures with skunks, floating down the Mississippi as a basket…
 
During this episode we plunge into the well-tempered world of Will Manning of Heartwood Forge. Listeners learn about Will’s complex relationship with turn-buckle shoes and reclaimed steel. His kitchen knives are a mixture of various steels and even though reclaimed steel might not be totally cost effective, he likes the idea of the hunt and the fol…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Cut the Craft! The hosts, Amy Umbel and Brien Beidler, give the listeners a view into the motivation behind the podcast and an understanding of why it matters to hear the stories of craftspeople. Amy speaks about her journey into woodcarving, the importance of visibility, and how her work is changing. Brien gives lis…
 
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