Ted T Posted May 13, 2009 Share Posted May 13, 2009 (edited) I cannot disagree with what Sam Thompson said: “Using a machine like this is an insult to the very concept of blacksmithing. Cold bent steel is not, in any sense 'wrought ironwork', Anyone can knock out that kind of rubbish.” And at the same time, I fully agree with what Charlotte Said. “I agree with you in spirit! However, there are people that need some sort of commercial edge to make a living in the business….or, three go broke and drive a truck to pay the bills.” There is no doubt that many exceptional blacksmith’s have mastered the art of the blacksmithing business by using the fundamental proficiencies. Just to mention a few that we are familiar with (but not limited to the following), would be Mark Aspery, Gerald Boggs, and Brian Brazeal – Blacksmith. My question: If one of these fine blacksmiths used a Power Hammer that is energized by electrical power as opposed to using a human striker, would that take away from their legitimacy as a traditional blacksmith? In my eyes, NO! The appropriate right answer to that question I feel can only lay with-in the opinion of each individual. But, I feel it is important to attack only the issue, and never the person who has a different opinion. The fact is that anyone of us will find our selves in a different position in life than everyone else at any given time. Weather it be due to age, location, financial, physical, opportunity potentials, health level, experience and training, or just a plain old individual opinion about what is right, wrong or acceptable to that person at that time. And all of these fluid factors seem to summarize how we feel about any given concept at that time. I include the use of the word “time” due to the fact that I have seen men’s opinion change over time of what is most important or acceptable to them. Many variables factor into how one may feel about what seems to be right or wrong about another persons view about the skills of blacksmithing craftsmanship. Over a life time of working at the trade, I have learned to respect that everyone has an opinion about what the history of blacksmithing is (which sometime changes). And what period of tools and techniques used represents the only legitimate definition of blacksmithing to them. And I would have to agree that they are “RIGHT”, for them! I am very comfortable with my own beliefs (right or wrong) they feel correct for me. I must admit that I have had to re-adjust my thinking over and over again. I feel as long as a person does not represent his work product inaccurately, and is honest about the process used to achieve the end product, that no harm is done. At my age, coupled with physical limitations, I have to compensate in any way possible to achieve my goals to produce a product. I will use any tool available for my use. But I never have misrepresented anything I have produced (process or material). “The proof is reflected in the price” Ted Throckmorton Edited May 13, 2009 by Ted T Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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