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A Fraught Search for Succession in Craftsmanship

Jan 29, 2016 | 563 videos
Video by Andrew Plotsky

George Ziermann has been making handmade boots for over 40 years. As he reaches old age, Ziermann is searching for a protégé to take over his business. To his surprise, few young Americans share his enthusiasm for boot making.  “I spent my own money, my own time, to get this [business] together,” he says in this short film, George’s Boots, by Andrew Plotsky. “It would be really nice to pass that on to somebody….[but] it’s hard to find anyone with work ethic anymore.”

Author: Daniel Lombroso


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