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Words From a Master Craftsman

Ford Hallam is an extraordinarily talented metal smith trained in the Japanese tradition. A short film was made about his work, Utsushi – in Search of Katsushira’s Tiger which I think everyone should watch. I have watched it many many times and I take great joy in it each time. …

Some Random Thoughts on Making Medieval Reproductions

Building reproduction medieval objects for reenactment is an exercise in compromise. There are occasions where an object can be recreated using nothing but accurately reproduced tools and materials produced and processed as they would have been for the original object, but these are rare opportunities and often expensive undertakings. For the …

A quote from a master bootmaker

D.W. Frommer is a western bootmaker whose work I greatly admire and, while I have never met him, over some years of reading his posts on the Crispin Colloquy his attitude to his craft has been influential in my own thinking about the craft of shoemaking. Recently he wrote this …

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