“The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.” – Aeschylus
Arctic Fire 2012 was a historic event that brought together the most talented blade smiths to Anchorage Alaska for a single purpose. In this gathering of fire and hammer, these legendary artists showcased their diverse talents as they gave us a greater awareness of the ancient craft of the bladesmith.
From producers Fiery Beard Productions, and distributed by Middle-earth Network you can pre-order Arctic Fire 2012 on a 6 DVD set with a bonus of being able to get 10 down-loadable MP4 files to watch it right away! The pre-order will also contain;
- A beautiful 11×14” “Vorpal Sword” Arctic Fire 2012 poster designed by David Delagardelle and Van Clifton
- Automatically entered to win the custom made blade by bladesmith Dave Stephens. One lucky winner will get the “Malachite Dagger!”, created by Dave Stephens. The Malachite Dagger is a complex damascus pattern called Explosion pattern (crushed W’s twisted, then formed into bars and a multi-bar billet formed). The triangle of inset malachite fitted kingwood. Handle is of carved buffalo horn.
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What is “Bladesmithing”?
Bladesmithing is the art of making knives, swords, daggers and other blades using a forge, hammer, anvil, and other smithing tools. Bladesmiths employ a variety of metalworking techniques similar to those used by blacksmiths, as well as woodworking for knife and sword handles, and often leatherworking for sheaths. Bladesmithing is an art that is thousands of years old and found in cultures as diverse as China, Japan, India, Germany, Korea, the Middle East, and the British Isles. – Wikipedia
The art of bladesmithing can be traced to all ancient cultures and is one of the oldest trades in history. See how the ancients and now modern practitioners continue this tradition by ordering your Arctic Fire 2012 DVD set today!
“This is the kind of knowledge Middle-earth Network was forged to bring you. Whether it be the scholars at Mythgard, and now the Bladesmiths of legend, Middle-earth Network is dedicated to bringing exclusive and unique content that no one else will! These are the stories that must be told. The quest is just beginning.” – John DiBartolo, Middle-Earth Network Co-Founder
Arctic Fire was a one of a kind bladesmithing event from the world’s best featuring the talents of;
David Delagardelle – co-founder and owner of the Mad Dwarf Workshop (2004-2012), and is today working as the owner and operator of his new swordsmithing endeavor, Cedarlore Forge. David is both an artist and a talented swordsmith working in the mythopoetic tradition. His work is featured in an increasing number of Hollywood films, including the major motion picture, THOR. and the upcoming film the Narrow Road. He lives in Muncie, Indiana.
Donn Fogg – is a hugely influential bladesmith that has been active in the community as a maker and teacher for several decades. His work is highly sought after by collectors, and since his retirement from active smithing, is rarely seen for sale. He lives in Auburn, Maine.
Peter Johnsson – is an internationally acclaimed sword smith and sword designer. A serious scholar of the functional and aesthetic properties of the sword in the Western tradition, Peter has closely examined hundreds of historical artifacts at major museums. Recently he has authored academic articles presenting a theory that outlines the design principles that may be the foundation for the form of the medieval sword. His work is highly sought after by both collectors and by those who practice Western martial arts. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden.
J. Arthur Loose – is both a bladesmith and a talented jeweler. He creates beautiful stainless pattern welded rings, and has done interesting academic research on the ancient practice of niello inlay. He has had many exhibits of his work, and teaches metal working, jewelry, and bladesmithing. He lives in Vermont.
Michael Pikula – is a talented smith and artist that is very prolific. He produces historically inspired blades in the European tradition. His research into the ancient techniques of pattern welded inlay on Viking swords is incredibly impressive. Michael has worked in smithies in both the US and Europe, learning a wealth of techniques that are both modern and historic. He lives in Friendship, Wisconsin.
Jake Powning – is a highly talented artist, bladesmith, and writer who produces stunning historic and original swords. Jake is one of the most skilled carvers in the bladesmithing world, a skill that he translates into beautiful cast bronze fittings for his blades. He lives in New Brunswick, Canada
Dave Stephens – is one of the hosts of the Arctic Fire gathering. He is fascinated by complex pattern welding techniques, and is passionate about spreading the knowledge of bladesmithing techniques to others. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska.