Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Aaron's Hammer

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews blacksmith Aaron Howard.

Technological advances have meant the tools of many trades are transient - evolving from year to year.

Blacksmiths' tools haven't changed that much over time.
Credit Gianofer Fields

But in a few trades, the tools have changed little over time - and those tools have taken on their own significance.

Lake Effect’s material culture contributor, Gianofer Fields, introduced us to Wisconsin blacksmith Aaron Howard. Fields is a material culture student at UW-Madison, and she produces and curates the series, "It's A Material World." That project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.