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Craft in America: Forge

PBS // 2013 // 55 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 30th, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson forged the One Ring of Power by accident when he was screwing around with the stovetop.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Craft In America: Complete Collection (published November 5th, 2011), Craft in America: Holiday (published January 23rd, 2014), Craft In America: Messages (published July 23rd, 2011), Craft in America: Music (published January 24th, 2016), Craft in America: Service (published November 15th, 2014), and Craft in America: Threads (published June 23rd, 2012) are also available.

The Charge

Exceptional artists forging metal magically transformed by fire.

The Case

PBS's well-regarded art series is back with another look at a specific craft. This go-round we're dealing with the art of forging, the metalworkers of America who express themselves within the purifying fire of the whatever-it-is they use to make their materials malleable. Some cursory research (i.e., watching The 13th Warrior) reveals that forging has been around as an art form for quite a long time. Today's metalworkers take up the mantle of creativity and inject their own idiosyncrasies onto the anvil.

• "Chloe Darke"
This young artist has embraced forging to explore gender issues. And you know what means: metal cervixes. Also a crazy ball of breasts and nipples. As off-putting and sort-of-nightmarish as her works is, it's quite interesting and well done.

• "Tom Pullin"
Pullin is an Iraq war veteran working on his B.A. while using the fire pit as a creative outlet. Much of his work is sourced from his experience on the battlefield, particularly an episode that involved excavating graves and discovering the skull of a small girl.

• "Albert Paley"
This Rochester, NY, artist is a player in the forging world, arguably one of the most prolific sculptors around. His works are known for being hulking, gigantic creations, typically adorning campus lawns. Paley gets the bulk of the runtime on this special—and by all accounts deserves the love.

If you're familiar with the series, then you know what to expect: An introspective documentary on what makes artists of various persuasions tick. Craft in America: Forge serves up some tasty art once more.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 85

Perp Profile

Studio: PBS
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 55 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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