Saw this article posted to the ArtOfManliness website last night: Blacksmithing Basics.
I don’t know why, but I’ve wanted to try blacksmithing. It’s been a desire for a couple years now, ever since I discovered that Pioneer Farms offered classes in it. They have a Basic, Advanced, and then a Knife Making class. I’d want to take all 3, because I think the knife-making would be cool.
It’s on my slate for 2012 to take the class, tho I’ll probably wait until Fall to take it (my Spring is already booked fairly solid). Would love for Oldest to join me in the class; he said “maybe” which means I’m just going to force him to do it. He’ll groan, he’ll protest, then I’ll catch him enjoying it and he’ll be happy for having taken it. Kids…. 🙂
Why take it? I have no idea. It just seems cool. Maybe this is my mid-life crisis. Instead of buying a red sports car and trying to act like a kid again, I’m embracing more manly things like powerlifting and blacksmithing. I probably should learn how to weld too (another thing I’ve wanted to learn and may eventually take a class in as well). I don’t really know how it will parlay into anything useful in my life, but who says everything we do in life has to be immediately useful? Who knows where this may take me, but if nothing else, it sure looks like fun.