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  • enPR: krăfts-mən
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craftsman (plural craftsmen)

  1. One who is highly skilled at one's trade; an artisan or artificer.
    • 1874, The Quarterly Review, volume 137, page 388:
      Dilettanteism presupposes art as botchwork does handicraft; and the Dilettante holds the same relation to the artist that the botcher does to the craftsman.
    • 2005, Plato, Lesley Brown, transl., Sophist, page 232d:
      And if someone wants to know how to make objections to actual craftsmen themselves on the subject of art in general or any particular art, there are published treatises available, as you know.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries. By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.
  2. A person who makes or creates material objects partly or entirely by hand.
    • 2007, Keeling, Stephen; Brice Minnigh, “Central Taiwan”, in The Rough Guide to Taiwan (Rough Guides)‎[2], Penguin, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 287:
      Yeh Wang (1826-1889), a master craftsman born in Chiayi, founded the Taiwanese branch of the industry, and though his work is rare these days, you can still see some of his original figures in Ciji Temple in Syuejia near Tainan (see p.333).[...]Chiayi is still home to numerous koji craftsmen - in addition to its vibrant colours, koji is unique in that everything is handmade.
  3. A person who produces arts and crafts.


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