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Christmas 2019: Traditional Slovak Tinsmithing Issue number
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Tinsmithing is an exceptional form of manufacturing as well as an artistic phenomenon with a unique place in the history of global material culture. Although wire as an intermediate product was used worldwide by craftsmen in many manufacturing industries, Slovak tinsmiths approached the processing of the wire in an original way and shifted it into a utility product. They developed specific, seemingly primitive, but sophisticated and effective methods of work, undemanding in regards to the required working conditions, tools and equipment. The wire was shaped and tied by hand, even when there was more developed factory production with the use of...

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