The Workmanship of Risk, Reality TV Style: Bladesmithing and Craft Production within The History Channel’s Forged In Fire

Barron, Lee (2017) The Workmanship of Risk, Reality TV Style: Bladesmithing and Craft Production within The History Channel’s Forged In Fire. Journal of Modern Craft. ISSN 1749-6772 (In Press)

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Abstract

While recent years have seen a distinctive revival in the craft practice of blacksmithing and bladesmithing, and such craft production has also been represented within the genre of reality TV in the form of the History Channel’s Forged In Fire series, which competitively pits bladesmiths, farriers, and blacksmiths against each other to produce knifes and historically-based weapons. This article examines the cultural representation of this craft production representation to explore how David Pye’s classic concept of the workmanship of risk is a key factor within the series, but that it is a factor that is re-articulated in an artificial way due to against-the-clock challenges instilled by the format of the series. Furthermore, the article explores the ways in which makers respond to such challenges to express Howard Risatti’s conception of the expression of poiesis within their metalcraft work in a way that also flags Stuart Walker’s appeal for traditional craft practices. As such, although a reality TV series, Forged In Fire nevertheless represents a potent representation of the craft production of bladed weapons and metalwork that consistently explores the technical nature of the craft and stresses the extent to which traditional skills such as bladesmithing and blacksmithing are being practiced in vibrant professional contemporary craft communities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 11:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33404

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