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Craftsman's Legacy Previous Broadcasts

The Ceramist (Episode #311H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 30, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Host Eric Gorges throws down. Master ceramist David MacDonald shares his magnificent talents with Eric as they work with clay and make a bowl.

The Metal Engraver (Episode #202H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

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

The Master Penman (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 23, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Host Eric Gorges meets the celebrated Jake Weidmann, the youngest ever master penman and one of only 12 in the world. Together they make a pen and explore the fascinating world of lettering.

The Gun Maker (Episode #108H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 4:00 PM

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.

The Puppet Maker (Episode #303H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Hey dummy! In this episode host Eric Gorges visits famous master ventriloquist puppet maker, Tim Selberg. Here, viewers are shown the behind-the-scenes genius of creating the intricate (and maybe magical) mechanization process of puppet making.

The Goldsmith (Episode #105H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

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.

The Clockmaker (Episode #201H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 21, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

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.

The Saddle Maker (Episode #107H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 4:00 PM

Charon and Tom Caldwell changed the horse saddle industry. Host Eric Gorges visits the Caldwell ranch and learns about the making saddles. 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 saddles are fitted to the horse.

The Yarn Spinner (Episode #302H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

This episode is all about hoof to hat. Meet Maple Smith, a retired schoolteacher who raises her own alpacas, sheers their coats, and spins yarn. Eric gets out of his comfort zone and starts knitting!

The Stone Carver (Episode #104H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

Host Eric Gorges visits with Walter Arnold, an accomplished stone carver. Eric learns about what it takes to carve limestone and marble. He also hears about the history of stone carving and early days of Walter's apprenticeship in Italy, including kicking around the same quarry where Michelangelo shopped for his marble.

The Basket Weaver (Episode #113H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

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.

The Boat Maker (Episode #112H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 7, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

John Yothers builds beautiful and very functional wooden boats. Host Eric Gorges learns the proper way to blueprint a boat and also what goes into building a boat from scratch.

The Cooper (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 2, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Think handmade wooden buckets a thing of the past? Cooper Jim Gaster keeps the craft alive and well. His buckets were recently in The Revenant. Host Eric Gorges and Jim make a bucket - no leaks.

The Potter (Episode #106H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 4:00 PM

Host Eric Gorges visits potter and musician Akira Satake, who discovered his love of pottery later in life. Eric makes a ceramic teapot. Eric and Akira discuss the serendipity that leads craftsmen to their craft. Akira started his career as an accomplished photographer in Japan, then found another successful career in New York as a recording studio owner and a session banjo player before finding his true passion in pottery.

The Sand Caster (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Nothing fires up host Eric Gorges like working with molten metal. In this episode, Eric and master sand caster Scott Nelles, create a bronze and aluminum ray gun.

The Guitar Maker (Episode #103H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 9:00 AM

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.

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