Forged in Fire

I do so love sampling new things, whether places, food, puzzles, people’s lives or . . . blacksmithing. Yep. You read that right! As fully equipped as you think your workshop is,

my brother-in-law has done you one better. His includes a forge, a leg vise and an anvil.

I spent a totally awesome day yesterday wearing a blacksmith apron and pounding hot metal!

Mostly I tried to make a couple of matching leaf shapes for a pair of earrings, which wasn’t very dramatic,

so to show the full effect of blacksmithing red hot metal, he let me pound on a bigger piece of iron.

Way cool! Well, cool in the sense of awesome. Not cool in the sense of the absence of heat. Working with forges, fire, heated metal, and heavy hammers is hot work.

People often have bucket lists, but how could I ever have such a list? The most wonderful things I have ever done, such as learning to dance or learning to blacksmith, would not have made it onto the list because I could never have imagined such treats.

The best part of the experience, of course, was the experience, but at the end of the day, I had a pair of earrings to show for it. Or rather, my sister has the earrings — I gave them to her for a hostess gift. The background leaf is the iron I pounded out and shaped. The dome top and the pepper dangle (added for color and because they are “red hot” chili peppers) are purchased beads.

Ah, sweet life. I can’t imagine anything better than getting to try new things.


(Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Madame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Unfinished, Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.”)

7 Responses to “Forged in Fire”

  1. Betty Rountree Says:

    WOW! That’s so neat! What a treat to get to add such unique activities to a bucket list and get to check them off immediately!!
    I’m sure your sis will treasure the earrings, …. and it’s so special that you are spending time with family!! Happy hugs to everyone there!! Keep on “keeping on” making those memories, ….. and be sure to post here about it so we can continue the experience and the trip with you!! Laugh and have fun!!

  2. SheilaDeeth Says:

    What great ear rings and what a cool experience. I too would never have thought of putting that on my bucket list – reality trumps imagination! And those chilies are the perfect final touch – hot like the forge the leaves came from.

  3. Trev Brown Says:

    Well done Pat, very impressed!!

  4. Terry Allard Says:

    This morning I read your blog from April 27,2013 which was the 37th month anniversary of your soulmate’s death. Here is the excerpt which I related to from that five year old blog:

    ” I am tired of his being gone. Tired of being sad. Tired of being lonely. Tired of this alien world that still, after all this time, doesn’t quite seem normal with him out of it. Tired of trying to be positive and open to new experiences. Tired of trying to find a way to live through the rest of my life.”

    WOW!!!! Look what you are enjoying now! “Forged in Fire” is truly the perfect name for this blog!!!!

  5. Judy Galyon Says:

    At least I get to put my 2 cents in on this blog. The 1 from Mother’s Day brunch was fantabulous, but I couldn’t send my thoughts as there was no way to send it. I am totally envious of your super trip. I would loved to have been there and enjoyed all those terrific things you got to do. I think it’s really great that your sister did that, and that you got to spend some really good time with them. You rock!!!

  6. Constance Says:

    What a fantastic experience. The earrings are beautiful. The photos are great. You look so happy.

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