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21st Century Iron Age

21st Century Iron Age

James Austin

About This Talk

June 2, 02015

Blacksmith James Austin's metalworking practice focuses on ancient Viking axes. We consider this talk which delves into the history and related cultural traditions of working with iron to be an addition to our Manual for Civilization. In other words it's a way to make sure we don't lose vital knowldege that is fundamental to what we consider modern civilizaiton. In conversation with Long Now's Alexander Rose, he discusses the history of blacksmithing, how it has changed over the years, the importance of preserving the techniques of the craft and some cutting-edge ways to document and pass on these skills for the future.

A working and teaching blacksmith for over thirty years, James Austin specializes in making Viking age axes using traditional methods.

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