Disclosure of the forge

The forge lives a complicated situation.

The small artisanal workshops are immersed in facing the same conditions as the large industrial manufacturers.

In recent decades, crafts have been declining, some have been able to group together, they have come together to defend the most traditional forms of production in contrast to the new trends most linked to modern technologies. In our case, the locksmith guild that had represented us until now has been devirtualized, focusing on the production factories leaving aside the small artisan forging workshops. We are a stronghold within the world of steel.

The teaching of blacksmithing is currently complicated by the small workshops that, without any help and having lost both the concept and the figure of the apprentice, have to assume the costs of having an operator who knows to teach everything in a short time and that without having knowledge it must be remunerated as if you had it.

The few schools of regulated studies and training in blacksmithing are very basic and when they do open, the sector is so small that it cannot absorb the demand and the desire to continue learning.

Being part of the industrial branch, many workshops have been forced to leave their old premises, often located in inhabited areas in the centers of towns, to move to industrial areas. Being a noisy and dirty job, which manipulates fire and moves heavy and bulky materials like the whole industry has been moved to the outskirts.

For these reasons and many other blacksmiths from all over the country we work together to publicize this work. Through the meetings, fairs, demonstrations that take place on our terrace, of which we could highlight the following. Alins Pyrenean Iron Fair. Alpens forge fair, the fair of blacksmiths and iron artisans in Besalú of which Pol Codina and therefore the March Blacksmith is a part, the metal fair of Campdevànol and our neighbors in northern Catalonia, the Rencontre Européenne de Ferronnerie d’Art à Arles-sur-Tech. Without leaving aside all the representation of fellow blacksmiths in the medieval fairs and markets that are held everywhere.

It is in this space where we meet with blacksmiths from different regions of our country and abroad where we share and learn, observe and practice our knowledge and ways of doing things. Masters, aspirants, apprentices, fans and lovers of blacksmithing work together to achieve the goal set by the event but in the end the goal is to teach blacksmithing outside the workshops to raise awareness in society and sensitize the population of the importance of keeping the craft of blacksmithing alive.

Beyond this involvement in the tovades, Pol Codina with the name Serralleria March is part of the Associació de forjardors de Catalunya (AFOC) which looks for ways to spread the word and collaborate with the sector to keep the flame of the blacksmiths

Many things have changed in our environment.

The anvils remain firm returning the blows of the hammers, blows which deftly deform the iron at will.

And here, the figure of the blacksmith. Secluded in his workshop, resisting the changes of the avant-garde.

Blacksmith March in press

For more than a century we have transmitted the love of forging and the recognition of craftsmanship. Our company is to continue maintaining the tradition of Catalan forge for a long time

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