We travel to Bali in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Balinese people through woodcarving, batiking, painting, weaving and cooking. We journey inside Monkey Forest where we see crafters working on decorative cement sculptures, visit the Elephant Safari Park where the elephants are painting T-shirts, film a segment in a rice field and talk about how rice farmers do crafts while they are waiting for their rice crop to grow, and we feature extraordinary footage of markets, palaces and the Balinese way of life, right down to the Bali smiles.
We travel to the West of Ireland and also to Dublin and the surrounding area where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Irish people. This show features workshops taught by master crafters in felting, basket making and Irish soap making from organic materials. We enjoy master artisans demonstrating the crafts of woodturning, carving Irish crystal and making jewelry from Connemara Marble. We visit the kitchen of a master chef as we learn to make homemade Irish scones and even learn tips for designing an Irish garden from a master gardener. We travel to the heart of Ireland where an expert craftsman shows us how to build the perfect rock wall, and finally we learn firsthand how to make Irish lace from master lace makers.
We travel to Guatemala to the Lake Atitlon region and also to the artistic city of Antigua in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Guatemalan people. We feature workshops in cotton dying, back strap and loom weaving, embroidery, basket making, and candle making. We craft the perfect cup of coffee, enjoy a cooking lesson where we make tasty tamales and guacamole, see a demonstration in iron working, learn about crafting a medicinal garden and create a special artistic journal with celebrity artist Pam Holland.
We travel to the Warsaw and Krakow areas of Poland in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Polish people. We feature master crafters who provide demonstrations and workshops in traditional Polish folk dolls, learn the art of paper cutting, make traditional folk pottery, watch a blacksmith bend beautiful steel, and participate in a workshop of traditional stained glass making. We travel to a local village where the entire community participates in painting designs as artwork on their homes, then we visit deep inside the salt mines of Wieliczka where we see an entire chapel carved out of salt. Our cast crafts the perfect dance step with some Polish folk dancing and crafts the perfect pierogi as we enjoy a hands on cooking lesson.
We travel to Jaipur, India and the surrounding area in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Indian people. This show features master crafters who provide demonstrations and workshops in wood block printing, henna designing, paper mache and miniature painting. We watch a masterful father and son show us the craft and techniques of brass inlay wood. We participate in a rangoli design workshop taught by master artisans and learn savory tips from a master chef for making a traditional Indian dish. We take viewers deep inside the Kathputhli Slums of Jaipur to visit a family that has been making puppets for more than a century.
We travel to Tuscany and Milan in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Italian people where we feature workshops in Italian frescos, Florentine paper marbling, leather journaling, and a pasta cooking lesson. We visit the studio of master artisans who create amazing mosaic art, and talk to a master embroidery artist who has worked with the most iconic names in fashion. We travel inside the factory of Aurifil Threads and feature a never before seen look at how this popular thread is made. We even have some fun crafting the perfect gelato.
We travel to Reykjavik, Iceland and the surrounding area in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Icelandic people. This show features master crafters who provide demonstrations and workshops in horsehair jewelry, making crafts from fish skin, embroidery on one of the largest tapestries in the world, making traditional leafbread, carving driftwood into marvelous works of art and creating beautiful glass products from volcanic ash. We travel outside the city and visit a couple who make traditional Icelandic costumes and we enjoy a cooking lesson on how to make a centuries old bread and homemade soup.
PERU, SOUTH AMERICA
We travel to the cities of Cusco and Lima in Peru in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Peruvian people. We feature workshops by master artisans as we learn the crafts of gourd carving, pottery, and making the pan flute. We participate in an authentic cooking class and make a traditional Peruvian “ceviche” dish with a master chef. Our master artisans demonstrate their skills in silver jewelry making, weaving colorful tapestries, and show us the ancient art of retables. We also visit a community where the local ladies make traditional and beautifully crafted arpilleras.
We travel to Vancouver, Canada and the surrounding area where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Canadian people. This show features master crafters who provide demonstrations and workshops in crafting the perfect beer, building a Canadian canoe, carving soapstone and learning to paint on canvas. We travel into the forest where we craft the perfect maple syrup, visit a master wood carver who takes totem poles to a new level and enjoy the fascinating skills of a printmaker. Our host Jim West visits a Canadian tattoo artist and receives his first tattoo and we satisfy our appetites with a master chef who creates traditional Canadian grilled Salmon!
We travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the surrounding area in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Mexican people. This show features master crafters who provide demonstrations and workshops in paper mache, pinata making, and crafting giant puppets with Mojiganga. We’ll visit a master tinsmith and watch him make amazing art, see a family who has been making Huichol Bead crafts for decades, and participate in a mosaic workshop with master artisans. We travel outside the city to Dolores Hidalgo where we paint designs on pottery in the Talavera style, enjoy an Alfeniques workshop and learn how the city is changing graffiti into neo murals throughout the city. Finally we participate in a cooking lesson and prepare a delicious mole sauce with chicken, and sweeten our day with a man who has been making unusual kinds of ice creams in Guanajuato for over sixty years!
We travel to Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland and the surrounding areas in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Swiss people. This show features master crafters who provide demonstrations and workshops in Beekeeping & Crafting Honey, learning how the Alphorn is made. We visit a family that has been making cow bells for over one hundred years, travel high into the Swiss mountains where we visit a family that makes authentic Swiss cheese, warm up our vocal cords as we learn the craft of yodeling, and make a traditional cheese fondue with one of the local residents. Our journey takes us North to the town of Steckborn, where we will have a workshop in decoupage at the Bobbin Lace Making. And we will also enjoy the sweetest craft in the country as we learn to make Swiss chocolate!
We travel to Nepal to the Kathmandu Valley area in an episode where we explore the culture, traditions, food, and passions of the Nepalese people. We feature workshops and demonstrations with master crafters in paper & clay mask making, wood carving, Napali paper making, felting, and pottery. We visit a Buddhist Temple and show monks making a colorful sand mandala. We see master artisans making a metal “singing bowl,” designing and weaving exquisite rugs, and participate in a cooking lesson taught by women who are part of an independent women’s support group.
Christmas Crafts of AUSTRIA & GERMANY
We travel to the city of Salzburg, Austria and throughout Bavaria as we highlight crafts associated with the Christmas holiday. This episode features a trip to the tiny village of Oberammergau where we visit the workshop of a master wood carver. We make a delicious homemade apple strudel in a three hundred year old cafe, show the craftsmanship of the centuries old Glockenspiel in Salzburg as we see behind the scenes on how it operates, and we provide the recipe for a delicious mulled wine called “Gluhwein.” Our host takes us to different stands in the famous Salzburg Christmas Market and we learn about a variety of crafts. We also take a tour inside an antique toy museum, participate in a hands on workshop making glass ornaments, see a demonstration on making Austrian lederhosen, and sing Silent Night in a tiny Bavarian village.
In this episode we learn how cork is produced and crafted, learn the art of Portuguese tile painting, craft colorful Estremoz dolls, learn the process of salt production, craft gold applique with a master artisan, visit a mosaic paving school, and from our crafter’s kitchen we make a traditional Bacalhau.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
In this episode we visit a camel milk chocolate factory, learn the process of crafting gypsum, make scents at a perfumery, visit a coffee museum and craft the perfect cup of Arabic coffee, craft soap from camel’s milk, practice Arabic calligraphy, and from our crafter’s kitchen we make Jasheed.
In this episode we craft the perfect Spanish guitar, visit a centuries-old sword factory, craft and design delicious marzipan, visit crafters who have special needs, design and carve stone with a master artisan, and from our crafter’s kitchen we make a traditional Spanish Paella.
LOST CRAFTS (SEASON ONE)
In this episode we highlight crafts that were not included in the original episodes of season one. We travel to Switzerland and craft the perfect cow bell, learn the art of paper cutting decoupage, and master the perfect pitch in a yodeling workshop. From Nepal we craft incense, make traditional leaf bread in Iceland, create Majolica ceramics in Italy, learn the craft of soap stone carving in Canada, travel to Mexico to make sugary Alfeniques, and from Peru we visit a group of ladies who craft traditional Arpilleras.
In this episode we learn traditional Hungarian egg painting, craft simple objects with straw weaving, visit a master seamstress who crafts clothing for dolls and children, tour one of the finest crystal factories in the world, visit a master jewelry bead artist, learn the craft of enamel art, and learn how to make a traditional Hungarian Goulash.
In this episode we visit the largest orchid farm/laboratory in South America, craft the perfect panama hat, make traditional Ecuadorian ponchos, learn to weave designs with a master artisan, craft and design ceramic masks, and from our crafter’s kitchen we will create a delicious tamal.
In this episode we design the perfect indigo dye fabric, create authentic-looking plastic food, participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, learn the craft of origami, create the perfect Japanese flower arrangement, carve chopsticks from bamboo, and from our crafter’s kitchen we’ll make a variety of different sushi.
LOST CRAFTS (SEASON TWO)
In this episode we highlight crafts that were not included in the original episodes of season two. In Ecuador we visit a 5th generation family who makes traditional makanas and learn how mother nature provides everything we need to craft special lotions. In the United Arab Emirates we create colorful sand art in a bottle and learn the art of traditional metal engraving. We travel to Spain and visit a sparkling wine cellar, create and etch pictures with a master artist, and take a tour in a Tapestry Museum.