The History Of Blacksmithing

Artist and blacksmith David Petersen explores the history behind this skilled craft.

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01The Making Of The Tongs2006010820060909

Artist and blacksmith David Petersen explores the history behind this skilled craft.

The early history of iron working, from weapons made from meteorites to the skills of the Celtic blacksmiths.

02Weapons For War2006011520060916

From the soft metal lances used by Roman soldiers to the hardness of a Samurai sword, artist/blacksmith, David Petersen, explores one of the blacksmith's main roles in early history the making of weapons.

03Language, Spells And Healing2006012220060923

How the blacksmith has not only influenced the English language, but has also been seen throughout history as the worker of magic.

04Not Just Any Metal Gates2006012920060930

From the tomb of Eleanor of Aquitaine to the great gates at Hampton Court, artist/blacksmith David Petersen explores the emergence of blacksmiths who specialise in decorative ironwork.

05 LASTThe Blacksmith And The Torch - The Emergence Of The Artist Blacksmith2006020520061007

From Picasso to the artist/blacksmiths working in Britain today, artist/blacksmith David Petersen explores the emergence of the blacksmith as an artist in his own right.