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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