For centuries the Hammesfahr family has been blowing rods of glass into objects of art, I wonder if they’re still doing this? Looks like they had a book Mechanix Illustrated 1947-
THE place is a Brooklyn workshop, the year, 1947. George Hammesfahr blows gently into the hollow glass rod and a wine-red bubble puffs slowly outward from the middle of the hot, pliable glass. The bubble grows, the deep red mellows into a soft vermilion as it presents a larger surface to the light. Deep inside the bubble a vision starts to take shape, a mindâ€™s eye vision which only George can see. The place is a workshop in old Bohemia, back in the middle ages. A gnarled craftsman heats a glass rod over a flame, blows into it and begins to mold fantastically tiny objects from the brilliantly-colored glass. He works swiftly, deftly, shaping little creatures with a deft flick of the wrist, a sharper breath. The flickering candle on the workbench lights his seamed face as admiring villagers stare through the frost-encrusted panes in the night outside. They nudge each other and whisper, â€œThatâ€™s old man Hammesfahr, the Glass Man. Well does he know his craft, better than any in old Bohemia. He is passing his secrets down to his children and his childrenâ€™s children, so they too shall know. . . .â€The vision fades. George works on.
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