IYRS School of Technology and Trades recently hosted the 3rd Annual Mastering the Craft Summer Series Roundtable in Newport, RI.  The roundtable discussion, which shined the spotlight on the importance of the work and accomplishments of a variety of craftspeople and technicians, provided attendees insight into the worlds of esteemed makers and craftspeople.

Roundtable discussion topics centered around the biggest threat to craftsmanship, the digital age in the workplace, and staying relevant as a craftsman. The following craftspeople were among the roundtable participants:

o   Rhett Butler, Founder, E.R. Butler & Co.

o   Clint Clemens, Commercial Photographer

o   Warren Barker, Senior Instructor, IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration

o   Jeffrey Greene, Owner, the Ball and Claw (Fine Furniture-Making) in Newport, RI

o   Eric Goetz, Founder, Goetz Composites

o   Richard “Chip” Benson, Builder and Restoration Expert

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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