Don’t worry, unicorn horns grow back. I tagged it and released it back into the wild.
Quality Control and the start of my one bottle/one opener shtick going on over at yourtube.
So I’ve been abnormally busy lately learning to do something a bit new for me. I hope to talk more about it soon.. But the NC state fair wasn’t so long ago!
Several NCABANA members and I were all there demonstrating blacksmithing for record numbers of people. It was an awful lot of fun. I made some neat things, even tried some new projects I hadn’t practiced before and let a crowd watch as I scratched my head and struggled with learning a new item or two. We answered many questions and maybe even inspired a few people young and old to take a more active interest in the craft.. But mostly I made and sold leaves and bottle openers oh, and my favorite change of pace.. leaf bottle openers..
Check out the art inspired by the experience in the Pirate Blacksmith webcomic
Ahoy! You may or may not be aware.. but we’re pirate people. Now I’m not for all the rapein’ an piligin’ we’re usually associated with. Ye be thinkin’ what be a pirate if ‘e ain’t robbin’ lasses of their booty an stealin’ everythin’ that ain’t tied down?
Freedom.. well to me alas pirates were only moderately scurvier or doggier than those sanctioned sailin’ men. And they often had more rights, ‘ell women were know to turn to the less than noble trade of piracy. Sure there were rules, but the sea.. twas often a satiable alternative to tyranny. That is my way of seein’ it anyway.
The pirate Lafitte was an American hero of sorts who just so happened to be co-proprietor of a blacksmith shop. Aye.. I’m at least third in a list of notable pirate blacksmiths, but Will Turner the barnacled belly-acher wasn’t even a real person!
I’ve never talked about it ‘ere but we actually had a pirate themed weddin’ where I made many of the cutlery and some of the decor early in me blacksmithin’ career.
So today ye should remember the five “A’s” as ye talk like a pirate. An dress like one too if yer’ ‘eart desires. ‘ell even drink like a pirate if ye be of age. An’ always remember to stay young at heart no matter how old ye get. Takin’ life to seriously will only get ye missin’ the ocean for all the waves so to speak.
Check out thepiratebay and download the new album by Ye Banished Privateers they’ve chosen to give it away at a fittin’ source. It’s good ‘ol pirate folk Irish punk.. what ever that be.. They give just a wee bit o’ advice for today on grog: