Next Episode of Handcrafted America is
Season 3 / Episode 3 and airs on 25 August 2017 20:30
"They just don't make things the way they used to!" That's a common phrase uttered by many people, usually, when reminiscing about the care and love put into products and crafts in years past. Well, it turns out, there are lots of folks who make things "the way they used to," and INSP is out to discover the people who do it! From Seattle, Washington to Spruce Pine, North Carolina and big cities and small towns in between, Handcrafted America host Jill Wagner hits the road, traveling the country to seek out talented artisans who continue to make products the traditional way…with their own two hands, creating, sought-after contemporary classics.You'll meet a bladesmith, glassblower, blacksmith, bicycle maker and many other fascinating people from all across America who are dedicated to their crafts. In every half‐hour episode, Jill meets three gifted craftsmen, and she takes you on a behind‐the‐scenes look at how they create their products, from start to finish. Along the way, you'll delve into the history and cultural heritage that inspire and influence the design of their handcrafted products. You'll become a part of their lives as they tell the stories of their families, their journeys and their dreams. Known for her work as co-host of the reality show "Wipeout," and acting roles in "Teen Wolf" and "Christmas in the Smokies," host Jill Wagner's easy-going style brings out the best in people. Down to earth, witty and personable, she has a way of building a comfortable, honest and fun relationship with these extraordinary American artisans.So put your feet up; grab a snack. Enjoy a little bit of history, intriguing information and spontaneous adventure in every episode on this unique tour of America—from right in your own living room.
In Wisconsin, Jill Wagner meets a metalworker making iron skillets shaped like U.S. states; in Massachusetts, Jill meets a basket weaver who creates her own designs; in Tennessee, an axe maker uses methods from the 1600s to craft his tools.
In Hawaii, host Jill Wagner catches the Aloha spirit with an outdoor torch maker; in Colorado, Jill meets one of the last traditional stained glass makers; in Texas, a father and son make wind chimes that can be customized to play any tune.
In Florida, Jill Wagner dives deep with a fisherman who makes spear guns as accurate as they are beautiful; in Nevada, a female woodworker builds one-of-a-kind wood and tile benches; in California, a metal smith makes pewter chalices fit for kings.
In New Orleans, a craftsman makes colorful stools from hurricane debris; in Alabama, a woman expertly weaves fashionable, functional baby wraps; in Nevada, a woodworker builds beautiful one-of-a-kind porch swings.
A husband-wife team recreate street tiles in New Orleans; a Georgia man makes innovative hammocks; in Nevada, a glass sculptor creates beautiful, carved glass doors.
A glassblower produces piggy banks in Florida; a California crafter makes espresso machines; in Louisiana, an artisan makes rub-boards, one of the only instruments created in America.
In South Carolina, a smith makes fire screens in the shape of natural bamboo; in Nebraska, a woodworker makes nostalgic toy cars; a Mississippi woman weaves baskets with materials found in nature.
Jill Wagner visits a fourth generation Nebraskan shoemaker; in South Carolina, a potter incorporates his backyard greenery into stoneware; in California, a couple recreates historical Spanish lanterns.
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