The Werner Herzog of Blacksmiths Makes a Knife From a Wagon Wheel

I’ve seen a lot of knife-making videos, but none with quite this much ennui.

Niels Provos is uniquely skilled in that his talent as a blacksmith is only matched by his ability to be dryly funny. Some creators would languish in the beauty of forging, while Provos comments flatly on the “completely irrelevant” effect slow-motion has on the flickering overhead fluorescents.

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Heating the recycled wrought iron doesn’t quite go as planned. Neither does shaping the handle. But still, with a dour wit and total lack of emotional attachment, he moves ahead, creating a beautiful knife all the same.

There’s something to be learned from his way of life: among other things, collect more wagon wheels.

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