and so, maybe: maybe metal hides some other way of Expression. Maybe: in seeing it move under the hammer blows, in colours that change at the heat of the fire; in the forcing of bends, or tips or blades inside it - or against it. In taking it out of the acid, matt - silvery. In polishing it with Love. In letting it standing out strong, and contrasting, against fabric and skin and hair: extending lines of force, pushing the beholder's eyes - or yours - deeper, Inside.
It's an Art by itself - even if "minor" and mistreated: and she needs affection. Yes - affection.
Hi!, I'm Davide. I try to be a metalsmith. My other vices was good prose, and is powerlifting.
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nel frattempo

il vostro è quindi a lavoro di tra i monti, maledizione, per un mese e più: lontano da laboratori orafi, da progetti, e dalla possibilità di studiar'l'arte la sera, la notte. Epperò c'è una notizia notevole, che a breve sarà divulgata; e qualche riflessione intensa lo stesso: éccosì intanto, a vostra distrazione, vi mollo un paio di righe da un libro che sto leggendo, notevolissimo: e le righe, ficcanti:

When you're filing or hammering, there's also the sound. Hammering on a piece of metal is like ringing a bell. A person needs to have feeling for all of those things. You know, tools are very sensual things, and using them can be. The filing, the polishing; drawing is very physical, sensual. Filing is almost like petting a cat.

[da The hand - how its use shapes the brain, language, and human culture. F. R. Wilson, First Vintage Books Edition, 1999]

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