A few years ago my friend V wheedled and cajoled and talked me into taking a weekend-long blacksmithing workshop in Pittsburgh.
Okay, so she didn’t have to twist my arm that much.
We had a blast! Figuratively AND literally. The place is set up like a camp, with dorms and a dining hall, and the blacksmithing studio was in a converted barn. We each had our own forge, anvil and tools, and we learned how to get the forge started and how to heat the steel and then beat it into various shapes with the hammer and anvil.
V had an agenda – she wanted to make a set of tools for the wood-burning pizza oven that we had made the previous summer. (Yes, I will show pics of that in a future post!) Me, I was along for the fun of it, so I made some fun things, like… Steel Chopsticks!