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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 visits an Arizona glass blower who creates colorful chandeliers; in Oregon, Jill meets a craftsman who makes iron garden tools; in California, Jill visits a leather maker who carves exquisite saddles.
Host Jill Wagner visits a Texas metal worker who makes cowboy spurs; in California, Jill meets a custom hiking boot maker; in Oregon, Jill meets a family from Mexico making durable backpacks from all-American materials.
In New York, Jill Wagner meets an award-winning kayak builder; in Arizona, Jill learns how a craftsman makes Old World-style brass door knockers; in Texas, the grandson of a saddle maker carves incredible wood rocking horses.
In New York, Jill Wagner meets a violin maker whose instruments are played around the globe; in California, Jill visits a sheep farm where wool is spun into yards of yarn; in Arizona, she improves her golf swing with a custom brass putter.
Jill Wagner travels to Wisconsin to meet an award-winning cuckoo clock maker; in Maine, Jill helps hand turn custom baseball bats from native hardwood trees; in Oregon, she visits one of the last leather work glove makers in the country.
Jill Wagner meets a cowboy hat maker living in an Old West town in Arizona; in Maine, Jill visits a piano maker with a passion for the sound of old wood pianos; in Wisconsin, she meets a tinsmith who makes authentic 1800s coffeepots.
In Arkansas, host Jill Wagner meets a woodworker who whittles stately rocking chairs; in Tennessee, she meets a man who produces classic 1930s banjos; in Indiana, Wagner visits a fourth generation fishing hoop net maker.
In Arkansas, Jill Wagner visits a man who turns broomcorn into handmade brooms; in Tennessee, Jill meets a craftsman who makes copper and antler kitchenware; in Hawaii, she meets an artisan who crafts traditional Pahu drums from coconut trees.
Host Jill Wagner gathers willow and learns how to turn it into custom furniture; in Colorado, Jill helps make custom, handcrafted skis; in Arkansas, Jill meets a father and son who craft end-grain cutting boards using an innovative technique.
Jill Wagner visits a father-and-son team in Tennessee who make leather riding chinks; in Hawaii, Jill meets one of the only woodworkers in the world turning Koa chess sets; in New Hampshire, she visits a coppersmith who crafts custom weather vanes.
In Colorado, host Jill Wagner meets a team of Western belt buckle makers; in Vermont, Jill visits a maker using modern technology to revive the distinct sound of 19th-century music boxes; in Indiana, she meets a knife-making legend.
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.
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