What is lost as our collective attention focuses ever toward the future?
How do we recognize when to slow down and attend to the quality of what we have rather than the desire for what we don’t?
The physical nature of manipulating the iron is a reminder that we are not separate from our environment: this material has played an essential role in the evolution of our species, and has shaped us as much as we shape it. How can we work so as not to dominate, but create harmony between the piece of ourselves we imbue and the essence of the material?
If we choose to look closely we may catch a glimpse of our own story.
Eric Dennis is a blacksmith from Vermont, currently running a shop in Greenfield, MA. He is passionate about traditional ironwork, bloomery smelting, and fusing calculation with intuition.
When not at the forge or deep in the woods hunting for iron ore Eric can be found high up on a cliff face, rock climbing… ideally on a sunny, crisp, fall day.