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

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