What is forgotten as our attention focuses ever toward the future?
What does it mean to lose track of the fundamental skills and techniques that got us to this point?
Might looking backward as well as forward bring us more fully into the present?
The interaction between material, body, and mind allows for a direct means to explore this place we inhabit. The physical nature of manipulating the iron is a reminder that we are not separate from this world.
Iron has played an essential role in the evolution of our species.
If we choose to look closely, we may catch a glimpse of our own story.
Eric Dennis is a blacksmith based in southern Vermont. He is passionate about traditional ironwork, bloomery smelting, and fusing calculation with intuition.
When not at the forge Eric can be found high up on a cliff, rock climbing… ideally on a sunny, crisp, fall day.