The Art of Blacksmithing

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GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s hot, it’s loud, and a bit dirty, but one Connecticut artist says it’s all he has ever known.

Mace Vitale is a blacksmith at the Guilford Art Center. Mace says that while some believe blacksmithing is a dying art, it is actually very much a modern technology, “Blacksmithing has been on the cutting edge of technology since the very beginning and it still is today.”

Combining art and science, Blacksmithing is fast paced. “The thing about smithing is that you try to use an economy of motion. I want to do as much work as I can while the metal is hot,” said Vitale.

Showcasing his talent, Vitale says he can make pretty form pretty much anything from metal. It’s just a part of who he is. “It’s in my hands. It’s what I am.”If you have an idea for someone we should talk with for ‘Working for Connecticut,’ send us an email or Facebook message, and watch News 8 every week for more stories on the people who are working to make Connecticut a great place to live.

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