"Bladesmith - The Magic and Mystery of the Sword"
A arte de fazer espadas não é para todos. Quando imaginamos alguém que o faça, surge-nos na mente a imagem de uma pessoa com alguma idade, refundida no meio de alguma aldeia, talvez num alto de uma serra. E não podíamos estar mais errados. A prova disso? Fábio Santos que, com apenas 24 anos, se dedica a tempo inteiro a essa que é a sua paixão. Depois de concluída a licenciatura de Escultura, rapidamente percebeu que pela falta de trabalho na área, teria de procurar alternativas. Decidiu arriscar. E o que, em tempos, tinha sido uma brincadeira de criança – quando fazia arcos e espadas de madeira - tornou-se num dos seus fascínios. De forma 100% autodidata, cada peça que concebe é planeada ao detalhe. Aliada a todo o encanto que sente pela arte, torna-a única.
The Magic and Mystery of the Sword ...
SWORD - /sôrd/
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.
The image of the sword has been iconic throughout history. It is a symbol of power and authority, of fairness and honour, of protection and freedom.
The sword inspired legends and stories and is an integral part of our folklore and our heritage; from earliest times the sword has represented an ideal - of chivalry and knighthood, the sword and the hero.
Each sword implies a story, they are artifacts of an ancient tradition tying us to the past and suggesting the mythical.
One of the very few remaining swordsmiths uses traditional techniques to create entirely authentic, functional swords and knives. This means using fire and a hammer to forge, harden and temper the steel to give it the desired qualities of toughness and flexibility, as well as the beauty and grace of true works of art.
In modern times, representation of swords as a symbol of power continues.
Medieval swords, and swords themselves, have long been an object of fascination. From the Bronze Age to modern times, the sword conjures great inspiration, awe and respect. Attributed to Nobles of history, the sword is considered as an aristocratic weapon. The Roman Empire long considered the “Spartha”, or Roman Sword, as a symbolic focal point of the Army’s supremacy. During in the Middle-Ages, the sword not only elevated squires to Knighthood, but served as a symbol of strength, integrity, honor and tradition. Literature has often referred to the sword as a source of inspiration, power and honor. The symbolism of the sword continues for decades, not as a simple weapon of war, but as the most venerated symbol of leadership, courage, justice and kinship. Today, medieval swords, as well as other swords of various historical periods are safely kept in Museums and private collections. They continue to conjure images of greatness, fascination, and leadership. The Medieval sword essentially developed from Celtic, Germanic, Anglo-Saxon, and late Roman (the spatha) archetypes.
" ... Who can separate a man and his sword? One is worth nothing without the other ... "
H.R. Ellis Davidson - The Sword in Anglo Saxon England (1962)