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In this docuseries, motorcyle builder Eric Gorges travels across America looking for people who still put lots of time and energy into building things. As part of his journey, Gorges tries his hand at each craft that he uncovers. The series airs on PBS.A Craftsman's Legacy is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2014.

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Janson Media
2 Seasons, 23 Episodes
January 1, 2014
9.0/10
Cast: Eric Gorges
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A Craftsman's Legacy Full Episode Guide

  • Host Eric Gorges visits Alan Kaniarz, an innovator in the world of furniture design. Together they discuss the love of making furniture, environmentally conscious.

  • Oh, the freedom of two wheels! Host Eric Gorges discovers how master bicycle maker, Stephen Bilenky, brazes bikes and has made a living for over 30 years doing exactly what he loves.

  • Best foot (ware) forward! Host Eric Gorges picks up the hammer and nail to try his hand at being a shoemaker. Master shoemakers Jesse Moore and Marika Verploegh Chass

  • Theadra Fleming hands over the needle and thread to host Eric Gorges as this quilter explains the African American tradition of quilting with a focus on colors, symbolism and the history of African textiles.

  • James Gillaspie has been making medieval/Renaissance armor for over 20 years. Host Eric Gorges plays to his base as a fellow metal shaper. James and Eric do a little jousting and a lot of shop-talk!

  • Experienced naturalist and wilderness survivor, Greg Anderson is also a master bow maker. Host Eric Gorges learns how to craft a traditional bow with Greg as his guide and tests his skills with the bulls-eye.

  • Cheese, please! Join master cheesemaker Bruce Workman and host Eric Gorges for an inside view of an award winning creamery. Who knew master cheesemakers started their day at 2am?!

  • Master weaver Jaunita Hofstrom wanted to have a place just for weavers to gather and pursue their love of weaving. She bought a little church around the corner from her house and started living that dream. Host Eric Gorges explores the ins and outs and up and overs of this traditional craft.

  • The century old tradition of building the Windsor chair is a practical and elegant pursuit. Host Eric Gorges and master craftsman Curtis Buchanan give the viewer a front seat.

  • Ekaterina Reier and host Eric Gorges play with light and glass in this episode where viewers learn that following your dream can really pay off.

  • Let the chips fly! Host Eric Gorges and master wood turner Alan Hollar turn a wooden bowl in the Appalachian Mountains.

  • With intricate flourishes, filigree, and a lot of magnification, host Eric Gorges and metal engraver David Riccardo create a breathtaking metal engraving.

  • Welcome to the magical world of a clockmaker, where the gears are lovingly handmade and time truly does stand still as host Eric Gorges and young clock maker Nate Bowers create a beautiful exposed gear clock.

  • Host Eric Gorges visits with Ron Paquin, a Native American who teaches others the fine craft of bark basket weaving. Eric and Ron both build baskets together.

  • Chad Pastonik makes fine art books. Host Eric Gorges visits Chad's studio to learn about 400-year-old printing and binding techniques.

  • Host Eric Gorges visits with Lorelei Sims, a talented blacksmith working in a mostly male-dominated trade and learns how to make a dagger. Their conversation reveals the blacksmith's way of life - communal, family-oriented and often, an extension of home life.

  • Charon and Tom Caldwell changed the horse saddle industry. Host Eric Gorges visits the Caldwell ranch and learns how saddles are made. Charon and Tom Caldwell embody the craftsperson who knows when it's time to strike out on their own. After years of successfully working for a top saddle maker, they charted their own paths and created a revolution in the way that saddles are fitted to the horse.

  • Host Eric Gorges visits a goldsmith in the mountains. Susan McDonough works in a small studio on her family's farm. Eric makes a silver ring using a technique over 3000 years old. The conversation turns to the paths that craftspeople take in their journey. It's neither straight nor connected. Some people take years to end up doing what they want.

  • Host Eric Gorges visits with Walter Arnold. Walter is an accomplished stone carver who started his career at a very early age. Eric learns a little about what it takes to carve limestone and marble. We learn the history of stone carving and early days of Walter's apprenticeship in Italy, including kicking around the same quarry that Michelangelo went shopping for his marble.

  • 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 topics such as the tonal properties of wood, steam bending and key steps of guitar building.

  • Host Eric Gorges visits a friend, April Wagner. April is a glass blower who works in abstract art. Eric learns how hot a glass studio is and how to make a glass cup. Eric and April discuss the connection between making a sacrifice when starting up a business and the give and take that successful craft people have to make and the rewards that eventually come.

  • John Wilson is a writer, a teacher and a woodworker. Host Eric Gorges visits John at his home shop and learns how to make a shoulder plane. Eric learns the history of shop made tools, how to home temper tool-steel and the importance of salt in the wood shop.