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Economics

Hard times – economic challenges are often associated with this term, but iron is hard, and so are horse shoes, they need to be hard to protect the hoof, the walk, the gait, the pace. Certainly poor economics does slow

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Bad Mood Soul

In a Bad Mood – let the hot soul arise. Let the hot molten metal reflect your soul back to you. Work might do that for you. Work is the reflection of your soul. Physical work is less common than

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The Dirty Works

Society might mark the industry with value; it might make an industry like Blacksmithing obsolete, and let it be seen as a dirty and undesirable career. The same caution goes for work on souls. We have moved far away from

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Dream-weaver

Ideas are food for the soul. Brainstorming or Bluesky is a process of throwing out random thoughts in a group, then selecting pertinent or relevant ones and building on the best ones. It starts with a suspension of critique. Suspension

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Cooling

It came to mind today, while shoveling snow for what seems like forever, that the blacksmith uses snow to temper iron to a sharp edge. Snow is useful, a tool, and in limited supply. So too, is stoicism a tool,

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Soul Defined

Soul includes the inner interpretation of strength.

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History of the Blacksmith

Around 1500 BC and on to 1200 BC, the smelting of iron became common. The technology to make fires hot enough to melt iron did not arise until the 16th century, when smelting operations grew enough to require overly large

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Honour the History

Have you ever been told to ‘get over it’, or ‘stop living in the past’. Recently I received a different message, one that says we should honour our past and perhaps spend a bit of time contemplating it. Our past,

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Metal is all about the recipe

My Dad, who learned to be a metal worker during the Second World War, said that a result only works if the ingredients are right. Some metals are incompatible with others. The heat must be right for the metal being

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Solitude Made Perfect

Solitude Made Perfect I heard a term recently that got my attention. Solitude Made Perfect. What would that look like as a daily goal I wonder? It would mean I do my own thing in my own way on my

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