After day one of the two-day blacksmithing course, Courtney and I feared we were too bougy for blacksmithing. We had both expected to be naturals and for it to be pretty easy – why we thought pounding hot metal to form into objects would be easy, I have no idea – and we quickly learned that it was not. By the end of the day, our hands were blistered, forearms were sore, and we were covered from head to toe in black ash (we’re both sporting some pretty great mustaches in these pictures 🙂 ).
To back up a bit, several months ago Courtney found a Groupon for a weekend blacksmithing class in Floyd, VA. A random art activity that involved a road trip had our names ALL over it. Saturday morning, we were up bright and early to drive to Floyd, which turned out to be an adorable small hippie mountain town. After we checked in at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts and were introduced to our fellow blacksmiths (all middle aged men, fyi), we were set loose to make a hook. Way harder than you might think. The instructors quickly became my new best friends because I needed A LOT of guidance slash they fixed everything I messed up and made my projects look nice. Continue reading