It’s hard to find much of anything in today’s mass production world that isn’t outsourced to overseas factories and pumped out for pennies on the dollar. Whether it’s clothing or couches, good old-fashioned craftsmanship is hard to find. With that in mind, we set out to create this year’s spring arts and style issue with an eye toward replacing the artless junk in your life with items that have both artistic and industrial integrity. Another way to say that is sh*t that doesn’t suck. To do that, we pulled in local experts in the fields of fashion, interior design and fine art. Keeping with the theme, we’ve got profiles of local artisans, including a furniture maker, a guitar luthier and a local blacksmith—Central Oregonians who are proving that, Chinese sweatshops be damned, craftsmanship is still alive right here in your hometown. Look at little further and you’ll find a profile of local horseshoer Walt Freund, whose mobile ferrier business is bustling.
It’s all right here in the Spring Arts and Style Issue.
Eric Flowers, editor
Photography by: Christian Heeb and Derek Oldham
Special thanks: Derek Oldham and Hunter Dahlberg (Cover)