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Craftsman's Legacy

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Host Eric Gorges visits Alan Kaniarz, an innovator in the world of furniture design. Together they discuss the love of making furniture, environmentally conscious approaches to the craft and award-winning workmanship.

Host Eric Gorges visits a friend, April Wagner, a glassblower working in abstract art. Eric and April discuss the connection between making a sacrifice when starting up a business and the give-and-take that successful craft people must make and the rewards that eventually come. Eric learns how hot a glass studio can get and how to make a glass cup.

Host Eric Gorges visits goldsmith Susan McDonough, who works in a small studio on her family's farm in the mountains. Eric makes a silver ring using a 3,000-year-old technique. The conversation turns to the paths craftspeople take in their journey. Susan describes working in kitchens and bakeries, as a school-bus driver, EMT, firefighter and librarian, on her long journey to becoming a goldsmith.

Brain Galloup builds guitars and runs a school to teach others the craft of guitar making. Host Eric Gorges visits the school and learns what it takes to build a guitar from scratch. They discuss the tonal properties of wood, steam bending and key steps of guitar building.

Mike Brooks builds long rifles based on designs more than 100 years old. Host Eric Gorges discovers the history of a long rifle and along the way, learns that the old ways of the gunsmith are alive and well.

Eric Yelsma has been drawn to sewing since a teenager. Now his shop makes jeans from American sourced, sustainable fabric that is constructed and sold in Detroit. Host Eric Gorges gets to stitching, confirming threads do make the man.

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