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Irons in the Fire

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The art of iron forging, demonstrated in a little shop in St-Césaire, Québec, by craftsmen whose skill goes back for generations. Iron bars, fired to white heat, are transformed through the dexterity of artisans of the Martel family into delicate, lacy scrolls or lifelike figure designs. Farmers and villagers come into the shop to place an order or to walk away with a prized new possession, whether it be an artistically designed barn door hinge or a haughty rooster mounting a scrolled hotel sign.

1951, 09 min 48 s

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