“A journal is an artifact.
When left to future generations,
Must speak for itself.”
— The Anonymous Craftsperson
A long standing practice observed for centuries in workshops of every type, across the world, is the use of the ‘workshop journal’.
This type of journal, serves as a reference point or ‘benchmark’ for all craftspeople in the workshop to compare their work, pose questions, share insights, experiences, tool tips and techniques with other practitioners.
Following this same tradition, and practical structure, Masterwork Journal serves as a reference guide, for all who would practice ‘life-as-a-craft’. In its pages, you will find entries covering a wide range of topics relevant to the practice of ‘life-as-a-craft’, organized into a distinct structure; The Five Elements, the same as you would find in the workshop journal of any trade or craft.
Masterwork Journal is a ‘how-to’ guide, for learning to practice ‘life-as-a-craft’. Therefore, it is up to you, the craftsperson of your own life, to study, practice, and improve your skills and make a masterpiece of your life.
While much of the content within Masterwork Journal is the original work of its writers and editors, the primary objective, like every workshop journal, is to include thoughtful entries by other practitioners of the craft, to share with all craftspeople in the workshop.
We invite you to compare your work, pose questions, and share insights, experiences, tool tips and techniques.
If you have thoughtful content you would like to share within the Masterwork Journal, please write to us to explore your ideas.
Spanning more than three decades, Charles Collins is engaged in the study and practice of The Way of Craftsmanship, as handed down over the centuries by master craftsmen and craftswomen, across the spectrum of the world’s trades, and professions.
From Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, Charles has discovered a clear set of practical, down-to-earth principles that define ‘craftsmanship’, transcend cultures and time, and which anyone can skillfully apply to the practice ‘life-as-a-craft’.
The keystone to the arch of purpose behind this work, is based on a single principle; that the myriad activities of the ‘craft-of-life’ can be systematically organized, managed, taught and learned similar to the ways in which we organize, manage, teach and practice our trades, occupations and professions.
All one needs is the curriculum organizing ‘what to learn’, guidance in ‘how to apply’ what is learned, and personal commitment to demonstrate incremental improvement.
Making a Masterpiece of Your Life
In 2012, Making a Masterpiece of Your Life; the book, introduced The Five Elements of practicing ‘life-as-a-craft’, based on the organizing principles found in the world’s craftsmanship teachings, practices, and traditions.
Seven years later, the release of The Way of Craftsmanship: The Tao of ‘Life-as-a-Craft’, introduced the universal principles of craftsmanship, as expressed in cultures across the world.
Later that same year, Making A Masterpiece of Your Life; the podcast was released.
In The Way of Craftsmanship, we learn that the journal; as a tool, is used in different capacities across all Four Phases of Living. The master’s journal is specifically purposed for recording the main principles for crafting a masterpiece. The end goal, is to leave the Journal as a craftsman’s work product to guide other journeymen and journeywomen (skilled practitioners) in their personal pursuit of craftsmanship.
Masterwork Journal; the publication, is a ‘workshop journal’, wherein craftspeople compare their work, pose questions, share insights, experiences, tool tips and techniques with other practitioners.
“If you’re going to make something of your life, make it a masterpiece.”