The Grinder, Sheffield grinder Brian Alcock grinding axes

Here’s a short film of Brian Alcock the last self employed grinder working in Sheffield. It’s a trade that dates back many centuries. The city is literally paved with worn out grindstones in places. Once every stream running through the area was dammed to power thousands of waterwheels. Brian grinds all of our axes along with work for many other Sheffield tool firms and anyone that pops by with a knife that needs sharpening. He’s such a lovely chap.

Film by Megan Crawford of wolfmother films.

 

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