Alameda Magazine | The Blacksmith Is Behind Alice Waters’ Favorite Egg Spoon
As a modern-day blacksmith, Shawn Lovell spends most of her time alone in her Alameda warehouse over an open flame forging metal — pounding, twisting, cutting, and bending it while red hot into new shapes like a baker might with dough.
“I usually don’t do this much talking,” said Lovell, 54, a long and hearty laugh following. Her hair is pulled back by an orange bandana and coal ashes cover her hands as she walks through the warehouse, sidestepping hundreds of handmade tools and machinery large and small.
In one section sits a coal forge, where she heats up and hammers out the metal, in another, an old Japanese knife-making contraption used for power hammering. “I always have my head in my work, so the past few months is definitely the most exposure I’ve had. It’s crazy.”