EDITORS' PICKS 2021

Craftsman Crate

by Craftsman Crate
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The subscription box that builds your skills. Real Tools. Real Skills. Complete Kits.

Product Details

Learn the crafts and skills of an artisan.

Craftsman Crate was born when our sons (we have six!) told us there was nothing available for guys who wanted hands-on projects. Well, now there is. And it's not just for guys or teens, either! This is the most convenient way ever to try out new hobbies, use your hands to create, learn skills you can keep using, and have fun, too! Ages 12+

  • Real tools. Things you can use again and again.
  • Timeless skills. Hobbies that will last a lifetime.
  • Complete kits. No running to the store to pick up the last thing you need.
  • New projects. Every month you get a chance to try your hand at something different.
  • Clear guidance. Instructions and patterns for everyone from beginners to experienced craftsmen.

Customer Questions (26)

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Q: Trying to get an answer on when my first box will be shipped and if they are able to tell me the theme. So far no response and second email sent. So far bad experience. Asked by Erica J., November 2020

Craftsman Crate answered...December 2020

Hi Erica,
I apologize that you did not receive our responses! CrateJoy's messaging system has been messed up and our responses have not been forwarded as they were supposed to be. (The messages we receive do not have your email address, just a CrateJoy forwarding address). We just discovered this in the past week when a customer contacted us through another channel.
As I'm sure you know by now, your package was delivered on November 16th.
As for Leilani's comment, she contacted us at 9:38pm one night. In the literal ten minutes it took me to look into her situation and answer her, she posted all these "answers" to threads. Twenty minutes later, when I checked, CrateJoy had forwarded my message back to me instead of her,...

They lie, anyway. They advertised candle making for December, and I just received basket weaving, which a lot of people have complained about. I can't express how disappointed and upset I am. It shipped late, too. Don't waste your time or money. I recommend you cancel your subscription. Bad product and bad customer service.

by Leilani D., December 2020

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Q: I am becoming increasingly frustrated that a box I ordered in Nov., for a Christmas gift has still not arrived! Tracking info hasn’t been updated since Dec. 24th! Unacceptable.Asked by Linda R., January 2021

Craftsman Crate answered...October 2021

I hate it, too, but we have no control over shipments once they are in the hands of the postal system or the carrier, sadly. This has been the most frustrating shipping season we've ever experienced. I remember one shipment that checked in at our local post office, the regional distribution center, the distribution center near the customer, then went on a trip around the country! I have no idea what has happened to our postal service. I am really hoping that next year is better. I am so so so sorry your package was affected by all this!


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Q: I want to get a three month subscription as a Christmas gift; Can I get the first box sent to me and the rest sent to the recipient?Asked by Clara G., November 2019

Craftsman Crate answered...October 2021

Yes! You would put in your own address as the shipping address, then as soon as you receive the first shipment, go into your account and change the shipping address. We'll ship them wherever you say!

Certainly! Just put in your address at first, then change it once you receive the first crate. We're always glad to help, too! ~Melanie with Craftsman Crate

by Hal Y., November 2019

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Q: I'm considering a 3 month subscription as a gift for my father. Is there a way to select which boxes he'll receive to make sure it would be of interest since we can only do 3 months worth?Asked by Tammy G., November 2021

Craftsman Crate answered...November 2021

Hi Tammy,
Normally, we do not reveal what the crate is going to be each month because we've had so many subscribers say, "I would never have chosen that crate for myself, but it ended up being my favorite!" That's part of the fun - getting to try a new hobby every month.
Email me directly at info(at)greatwaterspress(dot)com, though, because I may have thought of a workaround for you!
Melanie Young, Vice-President
Craftsman Crate

Reviews (77)

Great service and caring company!

Jul 18, 2021
Verified Purchase
C M.
2 Reviews
3 Pictures
Subscribed for 17 days

I contacted Craftsman Crate after ordering to let them know of a special situation with my husband who the crate was for. They contacted me with a couple questions to make sure we all were on the same page. They sent out the perfect crate and quickly! My husband absolutely enjoyed doing this project and has enough left to do a second and maybe a third batch as well. Highly recommend!! Thank you Craftsman Crate!

Not very impressed

Mar 27, 2019
Verified Purchase
April
1 Review
15 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 months

I got my first box and I'm not even sure what the point of it is or what it even makes. It's a bunch of tiny circles to link together.. I'm not seeing much interest in working on it.

Love It

Sep 13, 2019
Verified Purchase
Jennifer F.
2 Reviews
11 Helpful
Subscribed for 5 months

I just got my fifth box in the mail yesterday and I have to say that this one knocked it out of the park for me! I understand that not all boxes are going to be hits, but with that in mind this kit gets me to step out of my box and learn new things that I otherwise would have never tried. If you want to try new things and learn new crafting skills this box will be perfect for you. I have a very curious mind and always want to try new things, this box allows me to do that without having to break the bank by purchasing all of the tools and what-nots needed for a new craft just for me to discover it's not really for me.

Craftsman Crate

Mar 24, 2020
Verified Purchase
Diana C.
1 Review
8 Helpful
Subscribed for 7 months

The Craftsman Crate team is made of wonderful people. The boxes i received were very interesting. It was crafts and skills I never would've thought of to try. I thoroughly enjoyed each box I got. I will subscribe again when my finances are in a better situation.

Serendipity

Dec 17, 2019
Verified Purchase
Linda M.
1 Review
8 Helpful
Subscribed for 4 months

This month’s crate was serendipitous. For the past few months I’ve been looking online for quilling kits. And, surprise, the crate contained a quilling kit. It’s like you read my mind. Thank you. Hint: I’m also interested in wood burning, wood carving and embroidery. Just to name a few.

Awesome Deal, Interesting Projects

Apr 29, 2020
Verified Purchase
Michelle K.
1 Review
8 Helpful
Subscribed for 2 months

We got our first craftsman crate this week. Everything we needed to complete as many as 12 projects was included. Lots of wood for carving, lots of sand paper, a nice set of carving tools and a hand drill, plus a really nice book loaded with ideas and templates for wood carving. My 15 year old son was so inspired he started carving immediately. Well done craftsman crate!! We're excited to get our next crate just sad that we have to wait a whole month!!

Hoping for better

Apr 21, 2020
Verified Purchase
Courtney D.
1 Review
9 Helpful
Subscribed for 3 months

A little disappointed with our first crate. Was a bit on the cheap side. Hoping for a better box next month. Waaaay bellow the $30 paid.

Try something new! Great intro box.

Apr 28, 2019
Verified Purchase
Paula F.
1 Review
6 Helpful
Subscribed for 4 months

Craftsman Crate is a great monthly box if you want to try out a new craft. It provides challenging hands on fun for boys and girls!
If you don't love your new project, you haven't overly invested!

Love art

Nov 01, 2019
Verified Purchase
Mary S.
4 Reviews
6 Helpful
Subscribed for 1 year

Love the boxes

Impressive with the mats/tools included!

Mar 24, 2020
Verified Purchase
Abel F.
1 Review
5 Helpful
Subscribed for 9 months

It was fun. I especially enjoyed having 2 items to do as the first can always be rough on a new skill

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Past boxes from Craftsman Crate

The Punched Tin Crate

The Punched Tin Crate

The Punched Tin Crate teaches an artisanal skill practiced for hundreds of years. Contents: Instructions and Patterns Tin Punches – to make the actual marks. Mallet – to drive the punches into the tin.. Tape – to adhere the pattern to the surface. Wood Block – to place under the tin to keep it flat. Practice Tin – to experiment on. Tin Plates – to create decorative punched tin panels for display. Wallet Tins – to make projects that you can use everyday.

The Basketry Crate

The Basketry Crate

This crate teaches the timeless art of basketry. We have thoroughly enjoyed developing this kit. We didn't know ordinary people could do things like this! Our basketry kit contains everything you need to prepare the reed, dye it, weave the baskets, and dye the entire basket. Everything is included! Five types of reed Reed Gauge Reed Clippers Tape Measure Pencil Packing and Tucking Tool Spring Clamps, 2 Two Colors of Dye and Setting Salt Makes two identical baskets.

The Soapstone Carving Crate

The Soapstone Carving Crate

The Soapstone Carving Crate teaches you how to carve real stone masterpieces of your own! The Soapstone Carving Crate Contains: Instructions and Patterns Pencil Large File Finishing File Set Sandpaper Wax Finish Polishing Cloth Soapstone – One roughed out piece to get you started and one block for whatever you can imagine! NOTE: You can make one eagle or other bird plus one another animal (or another of your own design) from this kit!

The Candlemaking Crate

The Candlemaking Crate

The Candlemaking Crate will help you learn the ancient art of chandlery and become a candlemaker. This crate includes: Soy Wax Candle Dye Candle Scents – Wintry, foresty scents both men & women will enjoy Candle Tins Tools & Supplies - Mix cup, wicks, wick stickers, warning labels, & more


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Shipping Policy
First box ships within 3 business days of your order
Following boxes ship around the 10th of each month.
Renews monthly on the 15th
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