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The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

Oct 20, 2014 | 580 videos
Video by Joe Karably

Filmmaker Joe Karably profiles Florida artist David Ponsler, who has practiced blacksmithing for more than four decades. Karably's camera gets close up against Ponsler's work; as he hammers each piece into unlikely shapes and forms, the metal glows and hisses, red-hot shards flaking off with each swing. It's a dangerous, physically taxing process. "I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do," he says.

Author: Chris Heller


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