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A Blacksmith’s Life: Vladimir Khutaba

Sep 20, 2010

by Alison Feldmann

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In the depths of Abkhazia, a father and son blacksmithing duo is maintaining the age-old tradition of hammering, firing and manipulating red hot iron on a trusty anvil. The English Russia blog recently documented a day in the lives of 77-year-old Vladimir Khutaba and his son, Daur, in their workshop. Vladimir is experienced in his trade, to say the least; he’s been working as a blacksmith since 1954. The agenda for today? Creating an heirloom that will remain in the family for many years and be considered sacred: a chain that will be used to hang a kettle over a hearth. Be sure to check out a video of Vladimir at work.

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Making a link of the chain.

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Vladimir hard at work.

 

 

Thanks to English Russia for finding such an inspiring character. Check out the original post here.

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