Itinerant Blacksmiths

I don't have much information about the image above but I like what it is depicting.  Mom working the bellows while Dad heats up something he's working on while the kids all look on.  Like most travelers in Europe, these (probably Roma) don't have fancy wagons or accommodations; just carts and some rough tents. We … Continue reading Itinerant Blacksmiths

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Tinsmiths, a short film and a longer one…

A short film about a great craftsman.  I like this one because the project documented here is so unusual.  The almost forgotten art of the tinsmith.   And a longer one that is really worth watching.  It's a treat to see someone who knows his business so well.  A dying breed of traditional artisan. "This … Continue reading Tinsmiths, a short film and a longer one…

The Travelling Tinker

A painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893).  Tinkers were originally tinsmiths or "tinners".  One of many itinerant jobs pursued by a class of casual laborers.  These were mostly skilled and specialized crafts like basket making, shoe repair, leather work, and metal work but many poorer workers were migrant farm labor picking hops and … Continue reading The Travelling Tinker