Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.
Toledo Steel and Craftsmanship
Over the past several weeks, I have been sharing pictures from Madrid – which is the last city I visited in Europe before flying back to Singapore. Here are lovely photographs from our half-day tour that brought us to this swordsmaking shop (among other things). We were able to witness firsthand how the steel was forged under fire, and the meticulous detail that goes into making exquisite metal designs.
Apparently, Toledo has been known as a sword-making, steel-working center since as far back as 500 BC.
In this day of guns and chemical weaponry, I wonder how this has affected the industry in Toledo.
I am sure it must take enormous amount of skill and experience to forge what is reputed to be the best steel in all of Spain – or make that the world.
I find it easy to understand why these serious-looking men are wearing eyeglasses – the painstaking effort required to do what they are doing, the patience, the remarkable craftsmanship, the artistry. I am certain that for them it comes as easy as breathing.
I spy Don Quixote De La Mancha!
Beautiful hand-made artifacts. I bought my daughter a silver intricate bracelet/armband that she enjoyed. Definitely worth visiting again.