On Digging & Treasure

I’ve been working on layers of projects, drawing, designing, writing proposals, figuring out steel and leather. Part of what I’m doing has involved looking back, examining the hoarded images I have and evaluating my career as a swordsmith. I found this picture of Peter Johnsson and me tracing and measuring swords. We look like little boys digging up treasure— it’s not only the treasure that delights us but the mud, and the dirt under our fingernails and the digging. This is what makes swordsmithing —or any profession, I think— worthwhile, it’s the people. The friendships. Look at us. It’s good to take a moment and appreciate the real treasures we dig up.

 

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Jake Powning

Jake is a professional swordsmith, artist, and writer who explores the strange place where traditional culture and the land meet.

One Comment:

  1. That is one of my favorite swords, the German hunting sword from the Wallace Collection! I’ve kept in the the back of my mind to try and make a replica of it one day, I’m jealous you had a chance to handle it in person!

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