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Craftsman's Legacy

In A CRAFTSMAN'S LEGACY, host Eric Gorges goes on a quest to discover the true craftsmen in today's world. Traveling across the country, Gorges interviews the men and women responsible for carrying the tools, trades and traditions of fine craftsmanship into the 21st century. From a glass blower to a guitar maker, a weaver to a potter, every episode explains the history of a traditional craft and the importance of that craft in the United States today. Other tradespeople include: a woodworker, a snowshoe maker, a knife-maker, a boat-maker, a saddle-maker, a stone carver and a blacksmith. Gorges, a welder by trade, meets and interviews master craftsmen, and learns why they chose their craft, where they learned their skills, how they live using their talents, and the challenges and importance of keeping that tradition alive in a modern-day world. He then takes on the role of apprentice on a project under the guidance of the master craftsman. In these inspiring segments, Gorges proves that, with the right tools and careful direction, a person with no experience can learn the basic skills of a craft to create something of lasting value. As owner of Voodoo Choppers, Gorges creates custom motorcycles and stylish works of art for high-end restaurants and luxury homes. His one-of-a-kind choppers have been featured on The Discovery Channel.

Craftsman's Legacy  
  • The Jeans Maker
    Sunday, October 21
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Eric Yelsma has been drawn to sewing since a teenager. Now his shop makes jeans from American sourced, sustainable fabric that is constructed and sold in Detroit. Host Eric Gorges gets to stitching, confirming threads do make the man.
  • The Table Maker
    Monday, October 22
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    For his sixth birthday, Mark Whitley, was given a hammer and toolbox. Now an award-winning furniture maker in Smiths Grove, Kentucky, Mark and host Eric Gorges make a table together.
  • The Table Maker
    Sunday, October 28
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    For his sixth birthday, Mark Whitley, was given a hammer and toolbox. Now an award-winning furniture maker in Smiths Grove, Kentucky, Mark and host Eric Gorges make a table together.
  • The Still Maker
    Monday, October 29
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Christopher Kelley makes beautiful copper stills. Host Eric Gorges works with Christopher to make a moonshine still worthy of the most potent of spirits.
  • The Still Maker
    Sunday, November 4
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Christopher Kelley makes beautiful copper stills. Host Eric Gorges works with Christopher to make a moonshine still worthy of the most potent of spirits.
  • The Brass Horn Makers
    Monday, November 5
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Eric shines the brass with master French horn makers and musicians Rick and Celeste Seraphinoff.
  • The Brass Horn Makers
    Sunday, November 11
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Eric shines the brass with master French horn makers and musicians Rick and Celeste Seraphinoff.
  • The Rocking Horse Maker
    Monday, November 12
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Master wood carver Jackie Wilson built a rocking horse for Prince George of Cambridge. On this episode she and host Eric Gorges make a rocking horse fit for a king.
  • The Rocking Horse Maker
    Sunday, November 18
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Master wood carver Jackie Wilson built a rocking horse for Prince George of Cambridge. On this episode she and host Eric Gorges make a rocking horse fit for a king.
  • The Arrow Maker
    Monday, November 19
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Cherokee National treasure Noel Grayson shows host Eric Gorges how to craft traditional Cherokee arrows using primitive tools.
  • The Arrow Maker
    Sunday, November 25
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Cherokee National treasure Noel Grayson shows host Eric Gorges how to craft traditional Cherokee arrows using primitive tools.
  • The Cowboy Hat Maker
    Monday, November 26
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Master Hatter Nate Funmaker is one of the only Native American Master Hatters in the nation. Eric travels to Texas to meet this extraordinary craftsman and tries his hand, and head, at hat making.
  • The Cowboy Hat Maker
    Sunday, December 2
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Master Hatter Nate Funmaker is one of the only Native American Master Hatters in the nation. Eric travels to Texas to meet this extraordinary craftsman and tries his hand, and head, at hat making.
  • The Spur Maker
    Monday, December 3
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Texas cowboy and master craftsman Wilson Capron creates spurs that truly are a thing of function and beauty. Host Eric Gorges works with Wilson to make a pair of spurs.
  • The Spur Maker
    Sunday, December 9
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Texas cowboy and master craftsman Wilson Capron creates spurs that truly are a thing of function and beauty. Host Eric Gorges works with Wilson to make a pair of spurs.
  • The Spoon Maker
    Monday, December 10
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Legendary Lazy Spoon creator Jonathan Simons and host Eric Gorges dish up. Jonathan teaches Eric how to make a spoon.
  • The Spoon Maker
    Sunday, December 16
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Legendary Lazy Spoon creator Jonathan Simons and host Eric Gorges dish up. Jonathan teaches Eric how to make a spoon.
  • The Murrini Glass Maker
    Monday, December 17
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Master glass maker Shawn Messenger calls her pieces Impressionistic. Shawn and host Eric Gorges create a paperweight from brilliant colored glass, sure to make a lasting impression.
  • The Murrini Glass Maker
    Sunday, December 23
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Master glass maker Shawn Messenger calls her pieces Impressionistic. Shawn and host Eric Gorges create a paperweight from brilliant colored glass, sure to make a lasting impression.
  • The Tool Chest Makers
    Monday, December 24
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges meets the craftsmen behind the esteemed H. Gerstner &Sons brand and learns how to make the tool box that's been treasured for generations.
  • The Tool Chest Makers
    Sunday, December 30
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges meets the craftsmen behind the esteemed H. Gerstner &Sons brand and learns how to make the tool box that's been treasured for generations.

 

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  • The Jeans Maker
    Monday, October 15
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Eric Yelsma has been drawn to sewing since a teenager. Now his shop makes jeans from American sourced, sustainable fabric that is constructed and sold in Detroit. Host Eric Gorges gets to stitching, confirming threads do make the man.
  • The Ski Makers
    Sunday, October 14
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Eric hits the slopes on handmade skis he makes with son and father team Jeff and John Thompson.
  • The Master Penman
    Saturday, October 13
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges meets the celebrated Jake Weidmann, the youngest ever master penman and one of only 12 in the world. Together they make a pen and explore the fascinating world of lettering.
  • The Ski Makers
    Monday, October 8
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Eric hits the slopes on handmade skis he makes with son and father team Jeff and John Thompson.
  • The Sword Smith
    Sunday, October 7
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges takes a stab at sword-smithing with Master Bladesmith Kevin Cashen, learning about the mystical world of metallurgy, forging a spatha.
  • The Cooper
    Saturday, October 6
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Think handmade wooden buckets a thing of the past? Cooper Jim Gaster keeps the craft alive and well. His buckets were recently in The Revenant. Host Eric Gorges and Jim make a bucket - no leaks.
  • The Sword Smith
    Monday, October 1
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges takes a stab at sword-smithing with Master Bladesmith Kevin Cashen, learning about the mystical world of metallurgy, forging a spatha.
  • The Metal Shaper
    Sunday, September 30
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    We're switching it up! Host becomes the guest as metal shaper Eric Gorges is the featured craftsman, letting master blacksmith Lorelei Sims (season one) do the interviewing while they heat it up and make a motorcycle fender.
  • The Soap Maker
    Saturday, September 29
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges and master soap maker, Deb Kraemer, stir it up with essential oils and herbs. For a guy who likes to get his hands dirty, Eric cleans up nicely.
  • The Metal Shaper
    Monday, September 24
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    We're switching it up! Host becomes the guest as metal shaper Eric Gorges is the featured craftsman, letting master blacksmith Lorelei Sims (season one) do the interviewing while they heat it up and make a motorcycle fender.
  • The Fly Rod Makers
    Sunday, September 23
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges and master bamboo fly rod makers, Jeff Wagner and Casimira Orlowski, make a rod together, underscoring Eric's belief that "a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work."
  • The Flute Maker
    Saturday, September 22
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Geri Littlejohn has been making Native American style flutes for more than 20 years. Host Eric Gorges and Geri start with a simple piece of bamboo and end with what she likes to call a "sacred musical gift of art."
  • The Fly Rod Makers
    Monday, September 17
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges and master bamboo fly rod makers, Jeff Wagner and Casimira Orlowski, make a rod together, underscoring Eric's belief that "a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work."
  • The Ceramist
    Sunday, September 16
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges throws down. Master ceramist David MacDonald shares his magnificent talents with Eric as they work with clay and make a bowl.
  • The Chocolatiers
    Saturday, September 15
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode, host Eric Gorges meets Dan and Jael Rattigan at their chocolate factory in Asheville, NC. The Rattigan's truly craft from bean to bar, letting Eric live out his lifetime dream of working with chocolate.
  • The Ceramist
    Monday, September 10
    4:01 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges throws down. Master ceramist David MacDonald shares his magnificent talents with Eric as they work with clay and make a bowl.
  • The Master Penman
    Sunday, September 9
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges meets the celebrated Jake Weidmann, the youngest ever master penman and one of only 12 in the world. Together they make a pen and explore the fascinating world of lettering.
  • The Tool Maker
    Saturday, September 8
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Seth Gould could easily be called one of the rock-stars of metalsmithing. Host Eric Gorges heads South to the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina and the famed Penland School of Crafts to learn from this amazing craftsman. In this episode Eric and Seth make a breathtaking hammer.
  • The Master Penman
    Monday, September 3
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges meets the celebrated Jake Weidmann, the youngest ever master penman and one of only 12 in the world. Together they make a pen and explore the fascinating world of lettering.
  • The Cooper
    Sunday, September 2
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Think handmade wooden buckets a thing of the past? Cooper Jim Gaster keeps the craft alive and well. His buckets were recently in The Revenant. Host Eric Gorges and Jim make a bucket - no leaks.
  • The Duck Decoy Maker
    Saturday, September 1
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Duck! Here come some of the most exquisitely carved duck decoys host Eric Gorges ever laid eyes on. Meet Ben Heinemann, master carver, who teaches Eric a thing or two about the real thing.