She-Weld: Brooklyn blacksmith forges path for women artisans

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Thursday, February 22, 2024
She-Weld: Brooklyn blacksmith forges path for women artisans
She runs She-Weld, her studio based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in a warehouse whose roots in blacksmithing go back to the 19th century.The art of blacksmithing is alive and well, and Marsha Trattner is one of the great keepers of the flame, forging a new path for women artisans.

RED HOOK, Brooklyn -- The art of blacksmithing is alive and well, and Marsha Trattner is one of the great keepers of the flame, forging a new path for women artisans.

She runs She-Weld, her studio based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in a warehouse whose roots in blacksmithing go back to the 19th century.

Trattner has found countless practical applications for her art, and a diverse set of clients. You may well have tossed a coffee cup into one of her works, or gripped a beautiful handrail she forged into existence.

"It's literally hit the iron wall while it's hot, you can transform it just by heating it up and hammering on it. It's like a natural growth. The forms often mimic nature, as well," Trattner said. "Blacksmithing is a very physical thing, but it's also relaxing in a strange way."

She explains in the video from ABCs Localish.

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