“The blacksmith who employs no journeyman is never conscious of any conflict between the capital invested in his anvil, hammer and bellows, and the labor he performs with them, because in fact, there is none.” – Leland Stanford

About Working the Flame

Hey, welcome to Working the Flame – a newly created passion project of mine designed to help educate, fascinate, and essentially shine more light on the inner aspects and history of some extremely fascinating trades which, unfortunately, I feel are critically underrepresented online.

Although just a hobbyist myself, I have a strong background and interest in both science and manufacturing, and through the years have managed to pick-up a huge amount of practical information and experience while taking part in these different crafts. Some of this information was notoriously difficult to find while starting, and much of it can be very off putting as a beginner.

The main goal of this project is to take that information and maximise its usefulness and accessibility for both hobbyist beginners and experienced professionals, giving you more time with your craft, and less online searching for answers.

Just Like Alloys, Stronger Together 

To ensure the utmost accuracy of information, I’m working alongside and collaborating with various artisans, historians, material scientists, and professionals with a deep interest in metalwork, smithing, glasswork and the forging of materials throughout history.

Our intention as a group is to curate the best articles and content on the histories, cultures and modern equivalents of the different trades, as well as the underlying science, properties and processes that bind them and continue to push the industry forward.

Chris G. Lead Editor
Website founder and lead editor with a huge interest in material science, industrial manufacturing, and metalworking. Have worked in the materials industry for many years and love to dabble in blacksmithing, lampwork and woodwork in my spare time.
Leah R.Senior Writer & Editor
Historical writer and researcher, with a particular interest in European and American Early Modern and Modern social history. Curious about material culture, religion, historical occupations, and the everyday lives of people living long ago.
Siu Y.Contributing Science Writer
Working engineer and material scientist, with a keen interest in chemical engineering and metallurgy. Specialities include academic writing and science communication, but also enjoy creative writing, reading, and learning about the history of scientific disciplines throughout the ages.