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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 Duck Decoy Maker
    Monday, July 23
    4:00 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.
  • The Duck Decoy Maker
    Sunday, July 29
    3:00 am 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.
  • The Tool Maker
    Monday, July 30
    4:00 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 Tool Maker
    Sunday, August 5
    3:00 am 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 Chocolatiers
    Monday, August 6
    4:00 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 Chocolatiers
    Sunday, August 12
    3:00 am 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 Flute Maker
    Monday, August 13
    4:00 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 Flute Maker
    Sunday, August 19
    3:00 am 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 Soap Maker
    Monday, August 20
    4:00 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 Soap Maker
    Sunday, August 26
    3:00 am 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 Cooper
    Monday, August 27
    4:00 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 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 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 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 Ceramist
    Monday, September 10
    4:00 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 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 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 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 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 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.

 

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  • The Puppet Maker
    Sunday, July 22
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hey dummy! In this episode host Eric Gorges visits famous master ventriloquist puppet maker, Tim Selberg. Here, viewers are shown the behind-the-scenes genius of creating the intricate (and maybe magical) mechanization process of puppet making.
  • The Furnituremaker
    Saturday, July 21
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits Alan Kaniarz, an innovator in the world of furniture design. Together they discuss the love of making furniture, environmentally conscious approaches to the craft and award-winning workmanship.
  • The Stone Carver
    Friday, July 20
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits with Walter Arnold, an accomplished stone carver. Eric learns about what it takes to carve limestone and marble. He also hears about the history of stone carving and early days of Walter's apprenticeship in Italy, including kicking around the same quarry where Michelangelo shopped for his marble.
  • The Stone Carver
    Friday, July 20
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits with Walter Arnold, an accomplished stone carver. Eric learns about what it takes to carve limestone and marble. He also hears about the history of stone carving and early days of Walter's apprenticeship in Italy, including kicking around the same quarry where Michelangelo shopped for his marble.
  • The Puppet Maker
    Monday, July 16
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hey dummy! In this episode host Eric Gorges visits famous master ventriloquist puppet maker, Tim Selberg. Here, viewers are shown the behind-the-scenes genius of creating the intricate (and maybe magical) mechanization process of puppet making.
  • The Guitar Maker
    Monday, July 16
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Brain Galloup builds guitars and runs a school to teach others the craft of guitar making. Host Eric Gorges visits the school and learns what it takes to build a guitar from scratch. They discuss the tonal properties of wood, steam bending and key steps of guitar building.
  • The Guitar Maker
    Monday, July 16
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Brain Galloup builds guitars and runs a school to teach others the craft of guitar making. Host Eric Gorges visits the school and learns what it takes to build a guitar from scratch. They discuss the tonal properties of wood, steam bending and key steps of guitar building.
  • The Yarn Spinner
    Sunday, July 15
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode is all about hoof to hat. Meet Maple Smith, a retired schoolteacher who raises her own alpacas, sheers their coats, and spins yarn. Eric gets out of his comfort zone and starts knitting!
  • The Bicycle Maker
    Saturday, July 14
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Oh, the freedom of two wheels! Host Eric Gorges discovers how master bicycle maker, Stephen Bilenky, brazes bikes and has made a living for over 30 years doing exactly what he loves.
  • The Glassblower
    Friday, July 13
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits a friend, April Wagner, a glassblower working in abstract art. Eric and April discuss the connection between making a sacrifice when starting up a business and the give-and-take that successful craft people must make and the rewards that eventually come. Eric learns how hot a glass studio can get and how to make a glass cup.
  • The Glassblower
    Friday, July 13
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits a friend, April Wagner, a glassblower working in abstract art. Eric and April discuss the connection between making a sacrifice when starting up a business and the give-and-take that successful craft people must make and the rewards that eventually come. Eric learns how hot a glass studio can get and how to make a glass cup.
  • The Yarn Spinner
    Monday, July 9
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode is all about hoof to hat. Meet Maple Smith, a retired schoolteacher who raises her own alpacas, sheers their coats, and spins yarn. Eric gets out of his comfort zone and starts knitting!
  • The Woodworker
    Monday, July 9
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits John Wilson, a writer, a teacher and a woodworker, at his home shop and learns how to make a shoulder plane. Eric learns the history of shop-made tools, how to home temper tool-steel and the importance of salt in the woodshop.
  • The Woodworker
    Monday, July 9
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits John Wilson, a writer, a teacher and a woodworker, at his home shop and learns how to make a shoulder plane. Eric learns the history of shop-made tools, how to home temper tool-steel and the importance of salt in the woodshop.
  • The Sand Caster
    Sunday, July 8
    3:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nothing fires up host Eric Gorges like working with molten metal. In this episode, Eric and master sand caster Scott Nelles, create a bronze and aluminum ray gun.
  • The Shoemakers
    Saturday, July 7
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Best foot (ware) forward! Host Eric Gorges picks up the hammer and nail to try his hand at being a shoemaker. Master shoemakers Jesse Moore and Marika Verploegh Chasse give expert guidance along the way.
  • The Furnituremaker
    Friday, July 6
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits Alan Kaniarz, an innovator in the world of furniture design. Together they discuss the love of making furniture, environmentally conscious approaches to the craft and award-winning workmanship.
  • The Furnituremaker
    Friday, July 6
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Host Eric Gorges visits Alan Kaniarz, an innovator in the world of furniture design. Together they discuss the love of making furniture, environmentally conscious approaches to the craft and award-winning workmanship.
  • The Sand Caster
    Monday, July 2
    4:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Nothing fires up host Eric Gorges like working with molten metal. In this episode, Eric and master sand caster Scott Nelles, create a bronze and aluminum ray gun.
  • The Bicycle Maker
    Monday, July 2
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Oh, the freedom of two wheels! Host Eric Gorges discovers how master bicycle maker, Stephen Bilenky, brazes bikes and has made a living for over 30 years doing exactly what he loves.
  • The Bicycle Maker
    Monday, July 2
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Oh, the freedom of two wheels! Host Eric Gorges discovers how master bicycle maker, Stephen Bilenky, brazes bikes and has made a living for over 30 years doing exactly what he loves.
  • The Tool Chest Makers
    Sunday, July 1
    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.
  • The Quilter
    Saturday, June 30
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Theadra Fleming hands over the needle and thread to host Eric Gorges as this quilter explains the African American tradition of quilting with a focus on colors, symbolism and the history of African textiles.
  • The Shoemakers
    Friday, June 29
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Best foot (ware) forward! Host Eric Gorges picks up the hammer and nail to try his hand at being a shoemaker. Master shoemakers Jesse Moore and Marika Verploegh Chasse give expert guidance along the way.
  • The Shoemakers
    Friday, June 29
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Best foot (ware) forward! Host Eric Gorges picks up the hammer and nail to try his hand at being a shoemaker. Master shoemakers Jesse Moore and Marika Verploegh Chasse give expert guidance along the way.
  • The Tool Chest Makers
    Monday, June 25
    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 Quilter
    Monday, June 25
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Theadra Fleming hands over the needle and thread to host Eric Gorges as this quilter explains the African American tradition of quilting with a focus on colors, symbolism and the history of African textiles.
  • The Quilter
    Monday, June 25
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Theadra Fleming hands over the needle and thread to host Eric Gorges as this quilter explains the African American tradition of quilting with a focus on colors, symbolism and the history of African textiles.
  • The Murrini Glass Maker
    Sunday, June 24
    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 Medieval Armormaker
    Saturday, June 23
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    James Gillaspie has been making medieval/Renaissance armor for over 20 years. Host Eric Gorges plays to his base as a fellow metal shaper. James and Eric do a little jousting and a lot of shop-talk!
  • The Medieval Armormaker
    Friday, June 22
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    James Gillaspie has been making medieval/Renaissance armor for over 20 years. Host Eric Gorges plays to his base as a fellow metal shaper. James and Eric do a little jousting and a lot of shop-talk!
  • The Medieval Armormaker
    Friday, June 22
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    James Gillaspie has been making medieval/Renaissance armor for over 20 years. Host Eric Gorges plays to his base as a fellow metal shaper. James and Eric do a little jousting and a lot of shop-talk!
  • The Murrini Glass Maker
    Monday, June 18
    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 Primitive Bowmaker
    Monday, June 18
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Experienced naturalist and wilderness survivor, Greg Anderson is also a master bow maker. Host Eric Gorges learns how to craft a traditional bow with Greg as his guide and tests his skills with the bulls-eye.
  • The Primitive Bowmaker
    Monday, June 18
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Experienced naturalist and wilderness survivor, Greg Anderson is also a master bow maker. Host Eric Gorges learns how to craft a traditional bow with Greg as his guide and tests his skills with the bulls-eye.
  • The Spoon Maker
    Sunday, June 17
    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 Primitive Bowmaker
    Saturday, June 16
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Experienced naturalist and wilderness survivor, Greg Anderson is also a master bow maker. Host Eric Gorges learns how to craft a traditional bow with Greg as his guide and tests his skills with the bulls-eye.
  • The Cheesemaker
    Friday, June 15
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Cheese, please! Join master cheesemaker Bruce Workman and host Eric Gorges for an inside view of an award winning creamery. Who knew master cheesemakers started their day at 2am?
  • The Cheesemaker
    Friday, June 15
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Cheese, please! Join master cheesemaker Bruce Workman and host Eric Gorges for an inside view of an award winning creamery. Who knew master cheesemakers started their day at 2am?
  • The Spoon Maker
    Monday, June 11
    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 Weave Master
    Monday, June 11
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Weaver Jaunita Hofstrom wanted to have a place just for weavers to gather and pursue their love of weaving. She bought a little church around the corner from her house and started living that dream. Host Eric Gorges explores the ins and outs and up and overs of this traditional craft.
  • The Weave Master
    Monday, June 11
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Weaver Jaunita Hofstrom wanted to have a place just for weavers to gather and pursue their love of weaving. She bought a little church around the corner from her house and started living that dream. Host Eric Gorges explores the ins and outs and up and overs of this traditional craft.
  • The Spur Maker
    Sunday, June 10
    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 Chairmaker
    Friday, June 8
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The century old tradition of building the Windsor Chair is a practical and elegant pursuit - host Eric Gorges and master craftsman Curtis Buchanan give the viewer a front seat.
  • The Chairmaker
    Friday, June 8
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The century old tradition of building the Windsor Chair is a practical and elegant pursuit - host Eric Gorges and master craftsman Curtis Buchanan give the viewer a front seat.
  • The Spur Maker
    Monday, June 4
    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 Stained Glassmaker
    Monday, June 4
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ekaterina Reier and host Eric Gorges play with light and glass in this episode where viewers learn that following your dream can really pay off.
  • The Stained Glassmaker
    Monday, June 4
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ekaterina Reier and host Eric Gorges play with light and glass in this episode where viewers learn that following your dream can really pay off.
  • The Cowboy Hat Maker
    Sunday, June 3
    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 Weave Master
    Saturday, June 2
    5:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Weaver Jaunita Hofstrom wanted to have a place just for weavers to gather and pursue their love of weaving. She bought a little church around the corner from her house and started living that dream. Host Eric Gorges explores the ins and outs and up and overs of this traditional craft.
  • The Wood Turner
    Friday, June 1
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Let the chips fly! Host Eric Gorges and master wood turner Alan Hollar turn a wooden bowl in the Appalachian Mountains.
  • The Wood Turner
    Friday, June 1
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Let the chips fly! Host Eric Gorges and master wood turner Alan Hollar turn a wooden bowl in the Appalachian Mountains.