Somewhere in Abkhazia there live and work two talented blacksmiths – a father and a son, Vladimir and Daur Khutaba. They proved another time that blacksmiths are interesting and even mysterious people.
Vladimir Khutaba has been standing at an anvil since 1954. Now he is 77 and most of the work is done by his son Daur. They showed us how they make a thing that will remain in the family for the long years and will be considered to be sacred – a chain that will be used to hang a kettle on over a hearth.
He still has enough strength.
A hammer, pliers and an anvil – the main tools of a blacksmith.
Blacksmith Khutaba was embarrassed to be in the center of attention …
Making a link of the chain
The rule here is not to bargain for such a chain, but certainly a customer won’t be asked to pay much.
The forge is blown with with a fan, but formely they used bellows and it was a hard work, if an order was urgent, a customer had to blow the forge himself.
By the way, they used to bury a jug of wine behind the forge that was taken out and drunk on holidays.