A Craftsman's Legacy

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  • 2014
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.9  (44)

A Craftsman's Legacy is a television series that premiered on PBS in September 2014. Produced in collaboration with Janson Media, the show explores the world of skilled craftsmanship and features host Eric Gorges, a passionate craftsman himself. With each episode, Gorges tours various workshops and studios across the United States, examining the artistry of different skilled trades.

The show's format includes a combination of interviews, on-location visits, and demonstrations of the techniques used by artisans to create unique pieces by hand. The series focuses on diverse trades such as metalworking, glassblowing, bookbinding, and woodworking. Gorges talks with the craftsmen about their personal journeys and shares his own enthusiasm for the craft.

Each episode has a different theme, but all explore the process involved in creating something by hand. For example, in one episode, Gorges visits a blacksmith's shop in Colorado to learn about shaping metal using a forge and hammer. In another episode, he travels to a glassblowing studio in Michigan, where he watches the artist use techniques to create beautiful glass pieces.

The show's production value is top-notch, with beautiful footage of the craftsmen at work and interviews that are both informative and engaging. Each episode focuses on a specific tradesman and his work, giving viewers a close look at the skills involved in creating handmade objects.

One unique aspect of the show is the emphasis on the personal stories of the craftspeople. Many of the artisans have come from varied backgrounds and have found their calling in their chosen trade. Some have faced adversity, such as personal injury or economic hardships, but have persevered and found fulfillment in their craft.

Throughout the series, Gorges acts as an enthusiastic guide and fan of the various craftsmen he meets. His passion for handmade objects is evident throughout the show, and his excitement is contagious. He also shares his own creations throughout the series, showcasing his own craftsmanship and the techniques he's learned from others.

The series is both educational and entertaining, providing an in-depth look at the artistry behind various handmade objects. Viewers will gain a better appreciation for the skill and dedication it takes to create something by hand, and will be inspired by the stories of the craftsmen who have made it their life's work.

Overall, A Craftsman's Legacy is a well-produced and engaging series that's sure to appeal to anyone interested in skilled trades and the art of making things by hand. Whether you're a seasoned craftsperson or simply someone who enjoys beautiful objects, this show is a must-see.

A Craftsman's Legacy is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2014.

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The Furniture Maker
13. The Furniture Maker
April 1, 2015
Host Eric Gorges visits Alan Kaniarz, an innovator in the world of furniture design. Together they discuss the love of making furniture, environmentally conscious.
The Bicycle Maker
12. The Bicycle Maker
April 1, 2015
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.
The Shoe Makers
11. The Shoe Makers
April 1, 2015
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
The Quilter
10. The Quilter
April 1, 2015
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.
The Medieval Armor Maker
9. The Medieval Armor Maker
April 1, 2015
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!
The Primitive Bow Maker
8. The Primitive Bow Maker
April 1, 2015
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.
The Cheese Maker
7. The Cheese Maker
April 1, 2015
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?!
The Weaver
6. The Weaver
April 1, 2015
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 Chair Maker
5. The Chair Maker
April 1, 2015
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.
The Stained Glass Maker
4. The Stained Glass Maker
April 1, 2015
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.
The Wood Turner
3. The Wood Turner
April 1, 2015
Let the chips fly! Host Eric Gorges and master wood turner Alan Hollar turn a wooden bowl in the Appalachian Mountains.
The Metal Engraver
2. The Metal Engraver
April 1, 2015
With intricate flourishes, filigree, and a lot of magnification, host Eric Gorges and metal engraver David Riccardo create a breathtaking metal engraving.
The Clock Maker
1. The Clock Maker
April 1, 2015
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.
Where to Watch A Craftsman's Legacy
A Craftsman's Legacy is available for streaming on the Janson Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch A Craftsman's Legacy on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.9  (44)