A couple of weeks ago we shared the first video in a series put together by photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy. The series of three videos, which goes along with the “Timeless Trades” article in Issue No. 10, features a blacksmith, a denim designer and a group of hat makers working to preserve their crafts. This week we’re looking a little deeper at the work of blacksmith Daniel Hopper.
Daniel, who was formally trained as an illustrator, started learning about working with metal after attending an open house at The Crucible. His passion grew from there and before long, he opened his own practice. This video follows Daniel through the process of shaping a single rod of steel into an organic antler form for a light fixture. Each step of the process is amazing to watch — hammering, heating, shaping, cooling. And the tools are fascinating as well.
(And If you missed the first installment featuring Paul’s Hat Works, you can can find it here.)