Glass Signs
October 25, 2010 12:34 PM   Subscribe

The art of glass sign making. (via) A delightful and strangely relaxing short documentary about the work of David Smith, a craftsman and artist making beautiful traditional glass signs.
posted by Long Way To Go (10 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
That's pretty gorgeous. Didn't realize anyone was able to make a living making signs the hard way like this. Good for him.
posted by echo target at 1:14 PM on October 25, 2010

I am amazed how he makes glass and metal appear so lush.
posted by exogenous at 1:23 PM on October 25, 2010

This is wonderful, even though it makes me pine for an alternate reality where I mastered a craft and spend my days working with my hands instead of pushing bits around... thank you.

In terms of decorative arts, the world used to be such a gracious place. Now we have Comic Sans.
posted by usonian at 1:57 PM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

absolutely mesmerizing.
posted by pmbuko at 1:59 PM on October 25, 2010

God damn it that's awesome, I am envious of this guy's craft. Screw my stupid generalist liberal arts science education.
posted by nanojath at 2:07 PM on October 25, 2010

That skyhook is fabulous!
posted by carping demon at 2:30 PM on October 25, 2010

Another fascinating documentary on decorative lettering is Final Marks, about the John Stevens Shop in Newport Rhode Island. Their medium is stone, and watching them work is equally if not more mesmerising.
posted by TheCoug at 2:50 PM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

One of the things I love about Vimeo is that they let you download most of their videos. This looks fascinating and I'm sure I'll enjoy actually watching it on my tv instead of sitting there for 15 minutes fighting my ADD on my laptop.
posted by immlass at 4:42 PM on October 25, 2010

Thanks, this was just awesome!
posted by Ahab at 10:59 PM on October 25, 2010

I am such a sucker for any of these videos that show in HD how people do artisanal jobs.
posted by SkinnerSan at 4:44 PM on October 26, 2010

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