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 Post subject: Blacksmith boom
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:15 am 
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I found this interesting. http://wapo.st/2cAAooA



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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:15 am 
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IMO it's the combination of our manufacturing being outsourced to China and a large (babyboomer) population reaching retirement age, looking for new hobbies. A lot of the younger people doing this would be working at factories if they existed in any meaningful capacity. Also, the increasing income gap is allowing for more wealthy people to buy lavish things from custom makers. With the article pointing out that stair railings can go for $50k, this is mainly a product for people with a large amount of disposable income. When people need parts made today, the most likely method is CnC machining or just going to China for it at a fraction of the cost. A large portion of blacksmiths that I see who were already into blacksmithing most of their lives were ferriers.

To be clear, this is a socio-economic rant and not a political one. :) haha



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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:01 pm 
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I noticed on tv there's a few blacksmithing reality shows that popped up. I think carter was on one. I think it's just like anything in this modern world; it's having it's moment in the stars(again). Maybe it'll last, maybe not.



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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:51 pm 
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Your explanation is probably more plausible, although I will maintain mine is more fun.... for purposes of supporting my conspiracy theories, that is. :)

As much as I like the thought of popularizing all art forms, there's something about that show that cheapens the whole experience a bit. They make them rush like rats with a ridiculous time limit and whatnot, cutting corners, and brings no glory to the day-to-day activities that these people endure to pay their bills. It turns into more of a spectacle to produce another TV 'champion' than actual appreciation for the arts. I suppose it's just like anything that goes mainstream. If I had my druthers everything would likely turn into a documentary.

I woke up in a good mood this morning, I swear!



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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:07 pm 
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Well, it is TV after all. :? If everything were a documentary, I know I'd find a lot more value in it, at least. :x :D Blacksmithing is getting a little more notice in mainstream USA, which is kinda fun.

I know one conspiracy that's true. People will pay excessively for something they think is valuable.

(- well, that's not really a conspiracy :) )



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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
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Modern commercial blacksmithing involves multi-tonne presses, hammers and mills to produce massive industrial products - mainly for the mining, earthmoving sector and engines for ships and heavy machinery.

CNC and robotics has pretty much taken over commercial knife production

The old forge and anvil has become the plaything of artisans who cater for a discerning market that may be expanding but is still rather limited


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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:53 pm 
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Antonio_Luiz wrote:The old forge and anvil has become the plaything of artisans who cater for a discerning market that may be expanding but is still rather limited


Maybe in the states, but I'm not sure the craft is viewed the same elsewhere.



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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:32 pm 

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Don't have much to add other than I agree with everything said here. :mrgreen:

I love that craft everything is in. It is an unfortunate necessity that craft products price select for higher income consumers. I hope it will last but the fad for craft everything seems rooted in a lack of authenticity in the modern world. When so little that we consume feels like a real thing, authenticity becomes an in demand commodity. I hope we hold onto that. More an more I would rather have less and less nice things over many crap things. I would like to believe others share that conviction...but then there is a lot I would like to believe about others.... :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Blacksmith boom
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Quantity over quality? Glad I got what I got when I got!


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