In line with the goals of the Joe Martin Foundation, the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum has sought to compile and maintain an archive of the great builders of our time, as well as their projects. In doing so, we hope to honor each craftsman and their work by giving insight into each person's life, background, training, and attitude toward craftsmanship.

The wide range of craftsmen honored here have used their trade skills to produce works of art, going beyond simple production. The quality of work far exceeds the bare minimum. It demonstrates competence and a level of perfection that can be recognized by many, but achieved by few. Frequently, this work involves building exact scale models of a variety of objects, often done simply for the love of the work. The builders’ satisfaction comes from the pursuit of perfection.

If you would like to submit a recommendation for a craftsman or project to be considered for inclusion in the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA, please download and fill out the submission form, or simply send an email to mecm@craftsmanshipmuseum.com. Be sure to include information about your recommendation.

Below is a list of our featured craftsmen with links to their individual pages.

Chuck Balmer

Chuck Balmer

Miniature live steam locomotives a cut above the rest. Winner of the Joe Martin Foundation Craftsman of the Year Award for 2018.

Clarence Lee

Clarence Lee

Model aircraft engine innovator behind Lee, Veco and other engines.

Clayton Johnson

Clayton Johnson

Building a historic ship model leads to a lifelong hobby in wood carving.

Clen Tomlinson

Clen Tomlinson

Building a model Napier Deltic engine—the complication defies description.

Daniel White

Daniel White

The smallest knapped arrowheads you will ever see.

David Glen

David Glen

Super-detailed 1/5 scale Spitfire and P-51 Mustang aircraft models.

David Kucer

David Kucer

World-class miniature guns from Canada. Winner of the Joe Martin Foundation Craftsman of the Year Award for 2006.

Dick McCoy

Dick McCoy

Model airplane engine innovator, and founder of McCoy Engines.

Donald Riley

Donald Riley

Building wooden toys and animated music boxes for all to enjoy.

Doug Kelley

Doug Kelley

A longtime model engineer with a specialty in lesser-known engines.

Duke Fox

Duke Fox

Founder of Fox Engines—model airplane engine innovator.

Find Hansen

Find Hansen

Unusual scale model hot-bulb engines from Denmark.

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship