Controlled Irregularity – Peter Ross

By Megan Fitzpatrick
Pages 64-68
November 2012, issue #200

Like most smiths who work in forged iron, Peter is always on the lookout for raw materials. He keeps piles of his finds behind the outbuildings on his property (below).

Like most smiths who work in forged iron, Peter is always on the lookout for raw materials. He keeps piles of his finds behind the outbuildings on his property (below).

Today, we aim for too much perfection; period work wasn’t like that,” says blacksmith/whitesmith Peter Ross. Handwork, Peter Ross says, is a culmination of learning to do things quickly with few tools and little fussing, whether that’s working with iron or working with wood. With a sufficient level of skill, “you end up with pieces that have a spontaneity…but in a fairly controlled way because of the person doing it.” That ephemeral quality of controlled irregularity is what draws Peter to historical work.

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