This savvy artist turns one-cent metal bits into priceless museum pieces

Webber works in mass-produced items with low value, and then meticulously removes the very thing that gave item any value at all. Her screws can no longer hold pieces of wood together

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Posted Mar. 25, 2014 | Comments: 1

What Waskerd's handmade wallets say about modern consumer life

His tools are solid and worn. Some of them are handmade, like the long, purple, wooden implement he uses to tie knots. Then there’s the arbor press on the floor. He has conflicted feelings about the arbor press.

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Posted Mar. 19, 2014 | Comments: 0

How one South Philly jewelry shop elevated ethics and craftsmanship

Bario-Neal's artisans put their methods, their materials and their morality on display alongside the sale cases.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2014 | Comments: 1

Here's a good way to focus your mind: Have someone try to poke you with a sword

At the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, a very old sport resonates afresh with the young generation.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2014 | Comments: 0

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“Cambodian Son” tells of imprisoned, exiled immigrant
By Bill Chenevert

Kosal Khiev’s story is both devastatingly sad and a triumph of the spoken word. Director Masahiro Sugano met him in Cambodia and the story he tells with his stark documentary, “Cambodian Son,” is almost too bizarre to believe. Honestly, the best way to clearly communicate the heft of Khiev’s first 30 years is to show [...]

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Tonight’s Franklin Institute Awards continue a legacy of science, innovation
By Kennedy Allen

It’s safe to say that Benjamin Franklin is Philadelphia’s most renowned adopted son. While born in Boston, good ol’ BF has done more for this city than he’s given crdit. Sure, the discovery of electricity and the invention of bifocals were important in their own right. But it is the driving force of curiosity that [...]

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Hoots & Hellmouth moving into Boot & Saddle for May — and B&S’ menu now has a burger
By Bill Chenevert

Photo by Deneka Peniston, provided by the band. In the Great Things Happening in Philadelphia Music Department, you can watch Hoots & Hellmouth work out new material over the course of four dates on Broad Street with what they’re calling a residency. Boot & Saddle and R5 are giving the local heroes carte blanche to take [...]