Joel Bukiewicz makes knives in Gowanus. Knives to cook with. Beautiful knives. By hand.
‘Made by Hand,’ a new video series focused on “celebrating the people who make things by hand — sustainably, locally, and with a love for their craft,” profiles Joel in their latest episode, and the video is almost as beautiful as Joel’s knives:
Once an aspiring writer, Joel knew he had found his calling when he first began making knives:
“…It really resonated with me. It rung in me, the idea of making something so basic and simple, when I had been working on so many projects that were so very abstract and would never see the light of day…and that this thing that I made would be useful…inherently useful…and would be around forever…in a creative way it was very much the opposite of what I had been doing…I was hooked.”
Of the emergence of the new Brooklyn food culture, Joel says:
“What’s happening in food in Brooklyn is more then just a community. There’s a little bit of a movement here. Several things are coming together at one time – There’s a consumership that’s willing to be educated and to educate itself about food and about products. There’s also lots of people doing lots of great handmade stuff – dreaming things and making them happen. I’m at the convergence of this handmade and this food world, and it’s like I hit the jackpot.
…I think some folks getting into it think there’s this great opportunity – that the streets are paved with gold in the handmade world. And that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Where the currency is really rich is in the community, in the friendships you develop, the fact that you get to do what you want to do…that’s where it’s rich. In quality of life, it’s rich.”