Richard Furrer Posted May 16, 2008 Share Posted May 16, 2008 Talking about wootz, I know you did a study trip to India together with a troupe of archaeometalurgists and scholars.Toby Capwell told me about this trip when I visited the Wallace Collection and it was all I could do to keep a straight face repressing my urge to lie down on the floor pounding my fists in childish envy. Would you like to share some impressions from this journey? Toby is a good man...smart too. The trip started as a "nany nany I'm going to India and you are not"...from Dr. Ann Feuerbach. If it were not for her I would have been on the floor with you. The trip was actually a meet and greet to begin an Indian training cooperative in Museum Preservation of arms and armour with several folk in major museums in the UK (The Wallace, V&A, Royal Armouries, The British Museum). It was organized by Robert Elgood, author and general good guy, and limited to 12 or so people who would benefit from the trip...there was a cancellation and on short notice I filled the spot...apparently the person who could not attend was sorely missed and I look forward to meeting him. Most were either Museum people (conservators, art historians, metallurgists) or closely associated with arms (appraiser/auctioneer, blacksmith etc). I had never been to The Wallace and Vince Evans said I need to go there so I planned a few extra days in London to split up a long flight, meet up with the other travelers and have a look around a city I had not visited in 15 years or so. I learned a lot and even found a few old knives off Bond Street. There was talk about meeting some clients and giving a demo, but I did not plan well enough and this did not occur. It has been a year since the trip and some of the information is still filtering through my mind...the sights and sounds of India are unique I think and some of the arms I saw there I had never seen before. I can say that after seeing a thousand or so swords and holding a few there are patterns and generalities to be made. I do not have the experiences and knowledge of some of my fellow travelers, but for me it was eye opening. I need to go work now, but will expand on this later today. Ric Richard Furrer Door County Forgeworks Sturgeon Bay, WI Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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