Hollywood’s Blacksmith

August 15, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

James McLauchlin wrote about Hollywood’s go-to blacksmith:

  • Tony Swatton grew up reading fantasy and science fiction books. He used to visualize the armor and weaponry from the stories.
  • An enthusiast, he was unable to afford replicas and so he began to build his own.
  • This turned into a business called The Sword and the Stone which can charge up to $100,000 for armor projects.
  • The swords in Pirates of the Caribbean and the Infinity Gauntlet from Thor were made by Swatton.
  • But his expertise isn’t limited to the film industry. Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears have worn his armor in music videos.
  • Swatton can work up to 18 hours a day and drink 4 gallons of water without needing a bathroom break – the fluid is sweated out.

Read more about Swatton, other films his work has appeared in, the celebrities he’s met, and more over here.

Source: Wired