JEAN

THE ART OF WROUGHT IRON (07/11/2017)

This was a great experience. I arrived in Monteleone di Spoleto, a medieval town in the mountains with fantastic views and ancient treasures. I met Diego and Matteo, his trusted translator and exchange friendly greetings. We drove a short distance outside the town to the family workshop where I was introduced to the father Pietro, a master of his trade of blacksmithing. After meeting the family dog and his brother Roberto, we started right away planning our day and the piece to be made. We decided on a carving knife and a two prong fork. Diego quickly sketch the knife and fired up the kiln. With the skillful hands of Diego, help from Roberto and a lot of my sweat, the iron bar was taking shape. At midday, I was invited to a local agriturismo for an amazing lunch of grilled meat, pasta, cheese and vine. With the hard work ahead, we needed some protein! By the end of the day, we had produce a beautifully crafted knife and fork. Thank you Diego for this totally awesome day and I would certainly recommend anyone to experience his art. Thank you to Pietro for his hospitality, Roberto for his help and Metteo for keeping the communication ongoing and to all for teaching me a few more Italian words. Arrivederci i miei amici. Jean Lalonde

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My name is Diego and I am a blacksmith of seventh generation. Our shop lies in a rich town full of traditions at 1000 meters of altitude on the Appennini in Umbria. Metalworking has been an important part of my life for years (I strayed for a while and worked instead with gold, but the need to return to my origins was too strong).
To create something starting from a cold material like metal, wether it is an object or utensil you use every day or a piece of modern design, fills me with happiness and the will to always learn and discover more ways to work with it. It has been a few years now since I started learning how to make knives and cutting blades, as well as shields and various other replicas for historical re-enactments . In my free time I enjoy letting my creativity fly wild creating decorative objects like lamps, giving way to the requests of my friends or family members.

DIEGO | Blacksmith


THE STORY
My name is Diego and I am a blacksmith of seventh generation. Our shop lies in a rich town full of traditions at 1000 meters of altitude on the Appennini in Umbria. Metalworking has been an important part of my life for years (I strayed for a while and worked instead with gold, but the need to return to my origins was too strong). To create something starting from a cold material like metal, wether it is an object or utensil you use every day or a piece of modern design, fills me with happiness and the will to always learn and discover more ways to work with it. It has been a few years now since I started learning how to make knives and cutting blades, as well as shields and various other replicas for historical re-enactments . In my free time I enjoy letting my creativity fly wild creating decorative objects like lamps, giving way to the requests of my friends or family members.
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JEAN

THE ART OF WROUGHT IRON (07/11/2017)

This was a great experience. I arrived in Monteleone di Spoleto, a medieval town in the mountains with fantastic views and ancient treasures. I met Diego and Matteo, his trusted translator and exchange friendly greetings. We drove a short distance outside the town to the family workshop where I was introduced to the father Pietro, a master of his trade of blacksmithing. After meeting the family dog and his brother Roberto, we started right away planning our day and the piece to be made. We decided on a carving knife and a two prong fork. Diego quickly sketch the knife and fired up the kiln. With the skillful hands of Diego, help from Roberto and a lot of my sweat, the iron bar was taking shape. At midday, I was invited to a local agriturismo for an amazing lunch of grilled meat, pasta, cheese and vine. With the hard work ahead, we needed some protein! By the end of the day, we had produce a beautifully crafted knife and fork. Thank you Diego for this totally awesome day and I would certainly recommend anyone to experience his art. Thank you to Pietro for his hospitality, Roberto for his help and Metteo for keeping the communication ongoing and to all for teaching me a few more Italian words. Arrivederci i miei amici. Jean Lalonde

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What we propose is for you to choose your own experience: by booking a day with us you can choose yourself which kind of metal work you would prefer to try. You could spend a day in our shoes and see all the work we create as blacksmiths, or learn how they worked metal in olden times, or if you wish, you could also bring your own recycled objects and I will show you how to create a lamp. You can have lunch with us in our shop, but whether you decide to eat here or in one of the nearby restaurants you can be assured all the ingredients were produced locally. The only thing we ask of you is to bring comfortable clothes and shoes that you won't be sad to get dirty.

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