Jake Weidmann, as you can see above, is reviving the art of penmanship one stroke at a time. But he’s not the only one preserving our heritage and culture by reviving seemingly lost artistic skills and crafting disciplines.
Once, if you needed something crafted from wood, and you wanted smooth, clean lines, you turned it on a pole lathe. The pole lathe isn’t like modern industrial lathes; the wood rotates first one way, then the other, as you step on a treadle. It takes much more planning, and in fact requires carpenter’s tools instead of lathe tools, but the results speak for themselves.
The tapestry was once central to our understanding of history: The Bayeux Tapestry, in fact, is one of the most accurate and detailed historical records of the Norman conquest of England. But while photography and film have taken over for documenting history, artists are still weaving tapestries to create art and document life.