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"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.
Host Jill Wagner meets a clockmaker who keeps a dying art ticking, a seventh generation chair maker and a female blacksmith who shapes iron while defying stereotypes.
Host Jill Wagner meets a young woman steeped in quilt-making traditions, a gunsmith who makes flintlock rifles and a gifted stone carver.
Host Jill Wagner meets a glass blower who makes colorful drinking glasses; a bicycle maker has a seven-year waiting list; a book publisher prints books on his 100-year-old printing press.
Host Jill Wagner meets a fifth-generation leatherworker, a celebrated guitar maker and an architect who gave up designing buildings to make shoes.
Host Jill Wagner meets husband-and-wife bladesmiths who forge their own knives, a master woodworker and a talented leatherworker who makes handbags worthy of the red carpet.
Host Jill Wagner travels to Illinois to meet a couple who fashions pens from reclaimed wood; in California, she hangs out with a custom cowboy boot maker; Wagner visits a New Mexico business, where vintage doors get a new lease on life.
Host Jill Wagner visits a New Jersey ceramicist who scratches designs into pottery; in Wisconsin, she meets a woodworker who makes wood flow like fabric; Wagner watches a Minnesota lamp maker make new lamps from old machine parts.
Host Jill Wagner visits a Minnesota weaver who makes rugs with geometric designs; in San Francisco, she learns how to make handcrafted sunglasses; in New Jersey, Wagner meets a man who left a career in engineering to make billiard tables.
Host Jill Wagner meets a Minnesota artist who makes stained-glass panels; in New Jersey, she visits an entrepreneur who makes vintage baseballs and footballs; Wagner helps a Wisconsin woodworker make intricate jewelry boxes.
Host Jill Wagner visits the Milwaukee studio of husband-and-wife hat makers; in California, Wagner meets two artisans who use exotic woods to make precision longbows and surfboards.
Jill visits a North Carolina clothing designer who makes custom blue jeans; in Boston, Jill learns how to create elaborate designs using thin sheets of wood veneer; in Oregon, she meets a man who makes custom steel bed frames.
Jill Wagner visits a Massachusetts silversmith who makes heirloom flatware; in North Carolina, Jill meets a craftsman who builds amazing aviaries; in Oregon, Jill learns how to make traditional bamboo fly rods.
Jill Wagner visits a North Carolina woodworker who turns whiskey barrels into rustic outdoor furniture; in Boston, artisans turn precious metals into world-class flutes; in Oregon, Jill transforms old rags into fine handmade papers.
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