A project from the Bureau of Common Goods, Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about us. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they made?

Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere. We hope you find the spirit of it inspiring.


Made by Hand has been featured in Gizmodo, Core77, Vogue, Swissmiss, Kottke.org, Dwell, GQ, Creative Review, Laughing Squid, The Fox is Black, MAKE, Treehugger, Discovery Channel, Bon Appetite, .net Magazine, Gear Patrol, Selectism, Hypebeast, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and countless blogs. In addition, you can read interviews with the director in The Atlantic and Fast Company. Our sincere thanks to everyone for the the support and praise.


We welcome suggestions for subjects, tips on handmade goods, and feedback of all kinds (though especially praise); reach us at or on Twitter. The crew are also available for commissioned work; visit Bureau of Common Goods for more information.


The logo and titles are set in Tungsten from H&FJ. Body text is set in Adobe Caslon by Carol Twombly, with additional text in Museo Sans Rounded from exljbris; both are served with Typekit. The site is built with Expression Engine and hosted by Media Temple.

Keith “keef” Ehrlich
Mandy Brown
Candi Ligutan
Special Thanks
Ethan Marcotte
Matt Shapiro
Crew Cuts
Nathan Rosenberg
Elias Ressegatti