James Warren <jwwar...@gmail.com
> Is that part of the arcane arts of the religion of blacksmithing?
Everyone knows that you have to have your anvil horn pointing north.
WHen it's inconvenient to do that, you can fudge it by slapping a
super-magnet from a computer HD on one side. Fixes you right up.
*That* is blacksmithing arcana for you.
And it's not a religion. The only resemblance to religion is this:
In every blacksmith shop/studio/atelier tere will be at least one
inexplicable thing hanging on a hook, standing in a corner or nailed
to a post with a hand-made nail. WHen ou ask what it it, the smith
will tell you astonishing lies.
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From Jerry Smith
To: The Forge <thef...@mailman.qth.net
Date: Nov 30, 2007 3:06 PM
Subject: [TheForge] Sad Day in my Shop.
After years of having photos taken with me wearing my sandals,
those sandals finally broke and can't be fixed I tried all
They were just plastic, but comfortable to wear, easy to get on,
but not to wear when forging.
I haven't decided if there will be private funeral for them, or
just a simple disposal.
From: Mike Spencer
Date: Nov 30, 2007 6:23 PM
Subject: [TheForge] Re: Sad Day in my Shop.
| ...sandals finally broke and can't be fixed....I
| haven't decided if there will be private funeral for
| them, or just a simple disposal.
Nail them to a post in your shop. Every blacksmith should have
something inexplicable -- preferably numerous such things things
--propped, hung, welded, nailed or otherwise exhibited about the
shop. Watch people be afraid to ask why there is a sandal nailed
to the wall. Have a good yarn ready for those few who can work up
the courage to ask. As you age and the sandal(s) get even more
ancient and grimy with forge dust, the yarn will expand and grow
Gee, do I have to tell you young guys *everything*?
From: Jerry Frost
To: Mike Spencer
Date: Dec 1, 2007 6:54 PM
Subject: Re: [TheForge] Re: Sad Day in my Shop.
I bow to your age and sagacity Mike. While I love spinning a
"good" yarn, (I know that comes as a REAL surprise to you guys but
it's true.) I hadn't thought of deliberately baiting the
audience. <head hung in shame>
I'll start rooting through my collection of oddness and thinking
of "interesting" attachment methods. I'm still looking for a
stuffed Wile E. Coyote doll to cushion my anvil with.
Mike Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada