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Smithy

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I agree the copper clock for me was the standout piece. I am not a big fan of the judging but for me this piece would have won.
 

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Yes, I agree that the piece made by one maker, working on her own, using her experience, was delightful!
Maybe crafts work better without artificial conflict?

I do think they should have used a few minutes to show how the bed was constructed though. As so often with this sort of programme, interesting content takes a back seat behind the"story".
 

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I watched it partly (something else was on PBS before the start and only finished after this started). I wasn't all that impressed with the winning bedspread - my wife does that sort of stuff sometimes so I do appreciate a bit of what's involved - but I really did like the copper clock.

Overall, from the bit I saw my opinion is that it was an improvement on the 1st one.
 

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The gesso panels were awful.

I don't think it's a particularly interesting art form, but I think someone with some genuine skills could embrace it and do something more intricate and impressive than the examples they were given. The bloke who ended up getting that challenge seemed to write it off from the start and put next to no effort in.
 

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phil.p":zg2wfhbp said:
I didn't think much of the last one. :(
A bit of a non event for me.
Curtains designed OK but woven by a commercial mill ( house is in Monmouthshire and the mill was in Suffolk, how does that work in 7 days?)
Potter made a mess of the the plates/ bowls.
Fire stand mainly made under the close supervision of a blacksmith.
The programme seems to be focusing on the interactions of the “Crafts folk “ rather than the actual process of making things.
 

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phil.p":3rj7i2dl said:
The guy is supposedly a "bladesmith" ............ and isn't used to using a forge. Strange, that. :? :D
I thought I’d misheard that but obviously not. I’ll have to Google what a bladesmith does without a forge.
 

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I had to turn the video off. He is so bloody annoying! That forge isn't Viking either. It's early medieval. Viking would be bag bellows. I'm a member of a re-enactment group which has a forge and blacksmith along with other artisans. Non of us are as pompous as he is.
 

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I watched the last of the series which to me illustrated how you can take people out of their comfort zone and produce a lot of reasonable quality work with a bit of cooperation.

If you want to see what the artisans do in their own spheres have a look here.

Rod Hughes https://www.history.co.uk/shows/forged- ... in-britain

Bryony Knox http://www.bryonyknox.com

Abdollah Nafisi https://nafisi.design/about

Ilsa Parry http://www.ilsaparry.com/creativeprojects

Niamh Wimperis https://wimperis.co.uk

Stephen Winstanley https://www.google.com/search?q=stephen ... v9goBoMfIM:

Regards Keith
 

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I've now watched the last one, I thought it more interesting than than the middle two. Although I watch and read things about skills I do not have, I would struggle if I had to do the things I have absolutely no interest in. :D
 
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