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Arts & Culture

Craft: Why Making Things Matters

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From Faith Middleton: Carving birds? Knitting sweaters? Paper cutting? Blowing glass? If you're a crafts person, paid or unpaid, please call and tell us what it adds to your life.

I once wandered into an antique shop, and purchased a bird made out of two silver spoons. There was something tender to me that an anonymous man or woman sat in a basement, no doubt, cleverly bending and shaping that metal. Did the heir think it was junk and sell it at a yard sale? Did its maker die, and the bird ended up in an estate sale? After all my questions, I know I saw it as a little treasure, and still have it.

The craft of making something, whether for fun, passion or profit, has always lent meaning to our lives. In a time of virtual experience, our involvement in the creative arts serves as a counterweight.

I'll talk with Peter Korn, author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters. Korn is an Ivy-educated child of the middle class, who pursues a craft as a furniture maker on Nantucket. He is now founder of a non-profit school in Maine, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Questions we hope to find answers to:

  • What is the attraction of making things by hand?
  • Is each object made a snapshot of an idea?
  • Must you sell what you make to establish its meaning?

Peter Korn's hand-crafted furniture has been exhibited in galleries and museums.
Join the conversation by email, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

GUEST:

  • Peter Korn is the author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters.

MUSIC:

  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktial
  • “Modul 42,” Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin
  • “Modul 45,” Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin
  • “Dawn Patrol,” Portico Quartet

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For more than 25 years, the two-time Peabody Award-winning Faith Middleton Show has been widely recognized for fostering insightful, thought-provoking conversation. Faith Middleton offers her listeners some of the world's most fascinating people and subjects. The show has been inducted into the Connecticut Magazine Hall of Fame as "Best Local Talk Show".

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