I think the crafters should prioritize using items from the stockpiles and shelves (if they’re stocked), whichever is closer. I have a carpenter with a big stockpile full of wood right next to him but he still ventures into the forest and spends maybe triple to quadruple the amount of time to just collect the same amount of wood.
Uggh that sucks. What version are you on?
To my knowledge, the most recent, stable version.
I also think they should prioritize the closest item in that stockpile, but this part isnt as major. It’s not as bad having a hearthling walk to the end of a stockpile rather to the middle of the forest