Craftsmanship had a pretty smooth sail, until the industrial revolution of the 19th century displaced most mastery from its historic role of the more specialized, skill-based user of tools for the machine-made world.
An unfortunate side effect of the whole mechanization was that, in time, practically all traditional crafting, from carpentry to the butcher store, had been pushed from mainstream production, giving the world a flatter, synthetic look..
Luckily these days, our sour social and economical conditions bring more than just instability, it also brings back creativity and resolution. I see a lot of cool craft and design re-entering today's world. From traditional barber shops to candy stores, clothing, objects and even farms. All kinds of new awesome initiatives from people who feel the simple, fundamental need to revisit their previous levels and skills, focusing on the intimate connection between hand and head.
At this point, I think that craftsmanship has found the perfect time for a come-back. The new world welcomes hyper-local movement, an edgy mix of old and new, a mashup of global craftsmanship, old shopping tradition, bearded hipsters, do-it-yourselfers, and well-heeled young families driven by a strong passion for authentic production and reputable sources.
One of the many to bring back some of this old world style is Marlow & Daughters's Tom Mylan, the butcher of an up-and-coming Williamsburg block, and part of a growing group of Brooklyn epicureans who are doing their part to take food production back to the basics. In the video below we can learn about Tom's philosophy and what sets his technique apart from the mainstream factories and his preferred cut of meat.