For most people, living in the 21st century is rather easy. We don't have to make our own food; we can simply go to the store a buy it. We don't need to know how to fix our own houses or cars, and we don't have to worry about fixing our shoes or clothes. Nearly anything that we need can be purchased for a reasonable price. However, there are still some individuals who are expert craftsmen.

In this video, you see Cliff Denton practicing his trade. He is a 'putter' for Ernest Wright & Sons, who have been making scissors in England since 1902. Ultimately, Ernest Wright & Sons is the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors. This sad fact is extremely unfortunate, as Denton's work is, in many ways, a kind of art—watching him is mesmerizing. This short film is simply called "The Putter." It was made by Shaun Bloodworth, who asserts, "The film documents "Putter" Cliff Denton literally a putter togetherer of scissors. This Film is part of Storying Sheffield, part funded by the Arts & Humanities department under Professor Brendan Stone at The University of Sheffield."

Watch: How It's Made—Scissors


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