A project from the Bureau of Common Goods, Made By Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about us. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they made?
Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere.
The project so far has shared the story of the first gin-distillery in Brookyn to open since the Prohibiton, a fiction writer turned knife-craftsman, a family run hand-rolled cigar shop & a local beekeeper. Each film is stunning, beautifully shot and accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack.
If you have some spare time, lacking some inspriation or simply intrigued, I recommend you watch these films.
Made By Hand /No4. The Cigar Shop