THE CONCEPT OF POSTINDUSTRIAL BLACKSMITH ART
- Blacksmith art as a tool for harmonious personal development and recreation
- Compatibility with social and natural environment
- Minimal requirements of space, equipment and energy
- Use of local renewable materials and resources
- Effective use of human body and hand work potentials
- Positive social role in local communities
Postindustrial blacksmith art brings together the ancient traditions of blacksmith craft and vision of the future, based on sustainability, harmonious interaction with social and natural environment, human personal growth. It aims at restoring the beauty and magic of blacksmith art in its original form and used as important and efficient mean for positive changes.
For long time the blacksmith craft was an important and powerful part of human culture. In ancient times this mainly came through providing critically important means of human survival – tools and weapons. The social role of blacksmith, as active central figures of community life, the keepers of important information, the models of physical human virtues and educators of young generation was also important. But very often it was secondary compared to production functions or rather was perceived as indivisible whole.
Now in the time of approaching postindustrial age the production functions of blacksmith craft almost completely lost its urgency, which is the reality to be faced and acted accordingly. The positive side of this reality is the fact than now we can activate fully the social functions of blacksmith craft and return to the magic and beauty, which have been greatly lost during the industrial age. It is social functions that create a demanded product blacksmith art could offer to the modern society.
The postindustrial blacksmith art is by no means an attempt to restore the past even in best manifestations — it is rather the element of designing the sustainable future, which is going to be better than present or past. The ancient traditions are carefully studied with the goal to select among them the elements useful for constructing sustainable patterns of the future.
The postindustrial blacksmith art relegates to the background productivity achieved by mechanic power equipment and instead pays attention not only to the results but to the process of blacksmith practice and positive effect of that process upon its direct participants and those who are around (natural and social environment).
In postindustrial blacksmith art the emphasis is put not upon technical devices, but on the skills of hand forging and development of human body potentials, which is achieved by constant and regular practice. In fact postindustrial blacksmith craft resembles ancient martial arts, which are now the became the property of broad audience and used as a tool for body and mind perfection.
Postindustrial blacksmith art ceases to be practiced only by professionals and becomes the property of all those, who want to do it as an occupation that fills their lives with new sense and opens up their creative potential. Thanks to this, among those who are practicing it there is much more place not for the competition but for the cooperation, information exchange and mutual help.
The practice of postindustrial blacksmith art requires minimal space, equipment, tools and energy. In this way it resembles the ancient blacksmith craft, which was practiced in preindustrial age. However, modest use of modern equipment is accepted given it plays purely auxiliary function.
Postindustrial blacksmith art is the art of blacksmithing in its pure form – shaping the hot metal , using a hammer and an anvil. This format gives direct contact with natural elements, which creates unforgettable impressions and inspiration for those who practice it.
Postindustrial blacksmith art promotes positive interaction in every possible way – working with mates, demonstration the forging process to the audience, educating other (especially young) people about blacksmithing, taking part in community events.
Postindustrial blacskmith art is a powerfull way of recreation. Practiced properly it strengthens one’s body and spirit.