In other news… I’m pretty pumped to have been invited to be part of the The #Balvenie Rare Craft Collection. Over the next 3 months, along with 4 other incredible artisans selected by Anthony Bourdain, we will be headed to NYC, Houston & Chicago to show some of our work and demonstrate how we do it. So if you like nice things and maybe want to swing a hammer and chisel yourself (and you’re over 21) maybe come check out the show. First stop– NYC!
Here’s lowdown from their website: https://us.thebalvenie.com/collection:
The Balvenie 2015 Rare Craft Collection
Hand-selected by Anthony Bourdain, The Balvenie 2015 Rare Craft Collection brings five remarkable craftspeople together to showcase their creative process, personal stories and finished crafts like never before.
For the first time, we’re inviting you inside their workshops to meet the makers at the forefront of America’s craft movement and take an exclusive look at Anthony Bourdain’s take on craft as curator of The Balvenie 2015 Rare Craft Collection.
Throughout the collection tour, Anthony Bourdain will be making surprise appearances. While you might not meet him personally, all guests who attend The Collection will see him discuss his selection process, enjoy guided tastings from The Balvenie Distillery, sample rare single barrel whiskies straight from the cask, and receive a special memento of the event.
THREE CITIES. ONE REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE.
New York City Oct. 5–8
Houston Nov. 3–5
Chicago Dec. 1–3
A Word From Anthony Bourdain
I’ve said it before, cream rises. Excellence does have its rewards. And I believe the pieces and people I’ve chosen for the Collection are right at the top with the finest craftspeople in America today.
It’s easy to see the pride and love these craftspeople put into their work. Easy to see the years of practice they’ve put in. Easy to see the respect they have for their chosen medium. Practicing a craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable, and satisfying. And I, for one, am glad they’ve chosen to follow their passion to a point where the work they create is worth talking about.
I hope you can join The Balvenie and me on the road this year during the Rare Craft Collection tour. And raise a dram for giving a damn about what we create.
Curator, The Balvenie 2015 Rare Craft Collection