New show! This time, I talk with Peter Bettenberg, a longtime friend of mine. Peter is an amateur blacksmith, and one of the board members of the Minnesota Guild of Metalsmiths. We talked about his journey to blacksmithing and how that connects him to his grandfather (a member of the Dutch Resistance during World War II), how a Halloween costume idea turned into a quest to make an object capable of being hit with an axe by an angry Viking, and a quote from The Edge.
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Links and Notes
- The Guild of Metalsmiths
- Metalsmith Magazine of which Peter is the editor
- Arms and Armor in Minneapolis
- Ira Glass’s talk about how your taste outruns your ability
- What one man can do, another can do
- Forged in Fire
- The Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA)
- The Endlands Pilot, an indie sci-fi film project in which Peter and his Viking getup make an appearance
- The Sutton Hoo ship burial site
- My lathe electronic leadscrew build
- Keyway broach
- MIT’s motto “Mens et Manus”
- Bruce Dickenson
- “Feel the fear and do it anyway”
- A Craftsman’s Legacy