Crafting is not a one-person task in FFXIV. But few people seem willing to speak to others, let alone take a sec to make you that brass buckle you need for your hempen tabard, or those bronze nails you need for your square maple shield.
What Rabanstre needs, both to combat peoples' uncooperativeness, and the lack of an AH, is a crafter linkshell. We need people who can craft and want to buy/sell/trade their crafts. Farmers and harvesters would also be welcome, because we'd need materials.
To get it started, all we need is someone willing to make the pearl and hand out a few sacks for recruiting in town. It would be cool to have a forum at some point where people can ask for stuff they need made, but all it needs to begin is a pearl.