For as long as I have known him, my metal shop teacher likes to give speeches about the lost respect for craftsmanship. To a certain extent he his correct: office buildings are no longer built by classically trained mason and furniture is more likely to be factory made than carpenter made. On the other hand, I don’t believe people will ever stop making things with there hands and making them well.
Here is a perfect example. For nearly 130 years, Kaikado has been producing hand-made Japanese tea caddies designed to last not for decades but for generations. The skill necessary to make these caddies is passed down from father to son at a very young age. This product, first invented in 1875, took advantage of a revolutionary new material, tin plate. The material did not exist in Japan until the country opened its borders to international trade. The tin is perfect for helping to maintain the flavor and freshness of its contents.
Even as the decades pass, the tin makers stay true to the practices of their forefathers and follow an over 130 step process to hand-make the tins.