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5 Skilled Artisans Making Stuff by Hand

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So much of what we use is mass produced in factories by machines, but there are still people crafting things by hand. In this reel, we profile a variety of skilled artisans including a craftsman who builds automatons, a family that creates inventive custom coffins and two men who have been making the wooden carousels we all love to ride for over 30 years.





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