Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.
The Metal Shaper
Host becomes guest as metal shaper Eric Gorges is the featured craftsman, letting master blacksmith Lorelei Sims do the interviewing while they heat it up and make a motorcycle fender.
Nothing fires up host Eric Gorges like working with molten metal! In this episode, Eric and master sand caster Scott Nelles, create a bronze and aluminum ray gun.
Drill down to discover how Earth’s natural treasures provide bountiful energy to power our modern world yet are also driving us to seek new, cleaner alternatives that can help us keep the lights on.
Gold, bronze, iron, steel: these metals are pillars of our civilization, but what makes them so special? Discover their unique properties and explore how our mastery of metals has led us from the stone age to today’s hi-tech world.
Gemstones like diamonds, rubies, opal and jade are some of Earth’s ultimate treasures. Delve into the depths to discover how these precious stones are forged and what explains the unique allure of each captivating gemstone.
Follow an army of engineers and designers as they tackle the complex challenge of building Crossrail, a massive new subterranean railway deep beneath the streets of London.
Nothing fires up host Eric Gorges like working with molten metal. In this episode, Eric and master sand caster Scott Nelles, create a bronze and aluminum ray gun.
Knife-maker Tim Zowada’s creations start with sand collected from Lake Superior. Host Eric Gorges visits with Tim and makes a knife.
Chad Pastotnik makes fine art books. Host Eric Gorges visits Chad’s studio to learn about 400-year-old printing and binding techniques.
Host Eric Gorges visits with Lorelei Sims. Lorelei is a talented blacksmith in a mostly male dominated trade.
Eric learns how to make a dagger. Over the course of the conversation, the life of a blacksmith is revealed. It’s communal and family oriented and often time the way of life expands from the shop to the home.