Blacksmithing would appear to be a dying business, but the craft is too poetic to become extinct. It is a sensory trade: the sight of sparks and fire, the sound of a mallet striking an anvil, the smell of the forge. The indulgence of this book may be the photographs of the tradesmen themselves, offering expressions of purpose, if not anticipation. Their craft was not a sideshow. During much of history, blacksmiths were the central—usually wealthy—figure in every local economy.
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Thought for the Day
Blacksmiths have power, and if you could steal the water from the trough in the forge, it would cure all things.
William Butler Yeats Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland