Made In The U.S.A.

A Portrait of the American Craftsman

In Adventures on April 19, 2009 at 12:41 am

The wonderful “A Photo Editor” web site recently directed me to an interesting portfolio of photography by Tadd Myers. It’s called “A Portrait of the American Craftsman” and it’s sort of exactly what you’d hope it might be–beautiful images of skilled craftspeople at work.

Myers deftly photographed people who do more than just make American goods–they elevate their crafts to art. From saddles to spurs, guitars to baseball mitts, their workshops are the anti-China. And when you’re immersed in the portfolio it sort of makes sense why someone might want to pay more for a single pair of good boots than he might for several lesser pairs. Or why a musician may prefer the sound from a guitar that’s one of a hundred instead of one of a million. Or why it’s important to buy from people who make things with lots and lots of care.

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