I spend a lot of time working on a computer. Although my first drafts always start with pen and paper, most of the hard work of revising and editing happens onscreen. It fascinates me that people once did all of that by hand or on a typewriter; it must have made the work of piecing words together into sense more tangible, if not any easier.

I enjoy writing about artisans because their work seems so tactile and durable, something that can feel out of reach in writing. Even if I polish off that bottle of IPA, I know my local brewer is working on the next batch. His business is a stitch in the tapestry of our social fabric.

While I’ve been lucky to meet quite a few of the people making tangible, durable differences in food and drink in Paris in recent years, I’ve had less occasion to meet representatives from other craft professions. So I was delighted when I got the opportunity to write a piece about metalworker David Guillon for specialty coffee magazine Sprudge. Like many craft professions, his has been undercut by outsourcing and a demand for cheaper, mass-manufactured goods. I appreciated his commitment to a handcrafted personal aesthetic despite a challenging economic context. I hope you’ll enjoy discovering his work as much as I did.