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    The Blacksmith

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    Fay Archive - Field Test No. 15

    Malalcahuello, Chile

    We find ourselves in one of the remotest parts of Chile that has preserved its centuries-old tradition with an ironclad fervour. It is here that Pablo Guerrero has set up his own commissioned-knife artisan workshop, by combining his self-taught passion with an area-typical rare material: the fossilised wood of the Monkey Puzzle Trees, also known as Araucanía amber.
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    The Chilean Diaries

    The Fay Archive expeditions continue along the longest country in the world as we search for authentic Field Testers: those who have opted for a precise, unusual, passion-filled and territory-linked profession. Individuals who can field-test our jackets and give us a glimpse of these unique yet often-challenging workplaces.

    “The wood from the Araucaria tree is very special.”

    The tree’s condensed resin - known as Picoyo - is obtained from fallen branches after a centuries-long natural process. It is just as distinctive as the forest itself: an expanse of canopies, surrounded by volcanoes, which seems to sit like graphic designs atop the enormous trunks covered with a thick and prickly bark that resembles the skin of an ageing elephant. 
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    The Maritime Archaeologist

    FIELD TEST NO. 16