Yes, the work of craftsman and craftswomen, who together are called “Crafters”, is getting successful. The things they do cover a very wide area of tinkering in garages, FabLabs of the “Maker Movement”, sharing and growing food on roofs (NL: #daklandbouw), coworking spaces, painting classes, energy sustainability neighborhood learning and construction groups, etc. for DIY, household, and village selfsupport and prosumer mutual assistance. It now also includes the low cost 3D printer operation and shareware, lasercutter TNC programs, Arduino microcontroller electronics & sensor/actuator cards and Raspberry Pi computer programming. Away from mass produced junk for consumers. Enter sharing of high quality foods and stuff for self supporting communities. The demand side of society is getting organised !
Kids love it !! And older craftsmen retired from factories enjoy to show their skills and tacit knowledge (tips and tricks you have to learn while doing).
And yes there is also a revival of appreciation of high quality hand made tools and durable products from the crafters. They sell very well. An example of that is the online store ManuFactum.com with stores in big German cities, with things from all over the world.
Another example is the UK and USA based Crafters Companion Trade for “arts and crafts” tools and products.
My key points to get these movements moving are:
1. The core of all such crafters and crafter-groups are a few single top skilled and experienced “masters“. They REALLY know how to do it and can get things in hardware/software/telecom working. They have a trackrecord of reliability. You can trust them to perform and you should honour and pay them in money and respect. They DO, know unwritten tricks, and besides excell at what they do they teach and publish, so they can be found through networks of recommendations and ‘btwieners’ that can point you in their direction. Remember that it usualy has taken them years and years of apprenticeships, their own toolmaking and successes& failures to get at the skill level they have and maintain now by learning all the time. No it is not always rocketscience what they do, they can just be extremely good at one thing!! I know a young man who bakes French bread and baguettes in Rotterdam. A huge success. And a young man who after having been trained as a surgeon now does workshops in sausage making in Amsterdam.
2. Beyond single function/ skill master-apprentice learning by doing, the key to even more success, beyond DIY making for self consumption, is to join forces, in a location and network, with other masters who have complementary skills. Combinations/ synthesis of their crafts will then result in synergy and spectacular new creative crafterships.
Jaap van Till, theConnectivist for the coming Synthecracy