The Balvenie distillery knows handcrafted Scotch. They grow their own barley, employ craftsman such as coppersmiths and barrel coopers and use a traditional malting floor. Now, they’ve enlisted the help of chef and Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain to celebrate fellow craftspeople who are equally dedicated to doing things by hand.
As part of the initiative, a series of short films called Raw Craft will be sponsored by The Balvenie and hosted by Bourdain. The series will explore American craftsmanship, beginning with handmade cast-iron skillets from Borough Furnace in Syracuse, New York.
Bourdain is also tasked with selecting the winners of the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award, which will be presented this March to recognize those who work to uphold the art of rare crafts (last year’s winner was boat builder Douglas Brooks).
The third component of the collaboration will be The Balvenie 2015 Rare Craft Collection, which is a traveling exhibition of rare craftsmanship that will be curated by Bourdain.
“For me, there is deep satisfaction in seeing people, with a particular skill set and a real passion, produce a beautiful thing, which is why I’m excited to be a part of these programs in partnership with The Balvenie,” Bourdain told PR Newswire.