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Saturday, I had my first day as the volunteer Blacksmith apprentice in the Blacksmith shop at the Old Cowtown Living Museum here in Wichita. the Cowtown museum is a representation of Wichita in the period between 1860 and 1885. It was very very interesting. I spent most of the day learning about the basics of shaping metal. I only volunteer on the weekends because I have a day job. There are 3 paid Blacksmiths that work at Cowtown, 2 for the weekdays and then one on the weekend. The weekend blacksmith is a friend of mine that is affectionately known around Wichita as Ogar. Ogar is a great teacher. He has been blacksmithing for around 13 years. He showed different types if bends and fancy end. Ogar left about 15:00. He asked Mike to take over the shop and show me a few things. Mike has been a blacksmith for 20+ years and is the blacksmith when they need a fill in at Cowtown. Mike showed me several different decorative twists that could be used on stems and handles. By the end of the day I had completed a long handled spoon that looks somewhat like a small ice cream scoop. I was at the shop for 9:30 to about 17:30. It was one long day. There was a heat advisory and everyone seemed to be complying about the heat but I guess I did not quite notice how it was affecting me. I got back to the house, after spend the whole day in the blacksmith shop, took and shower and laid down for a nap at about 19:00. The next thing I new it was 9:00 Sunday morning. Wow!, I don't think i every remember sleeping for 14 hours. I guess the heat took more out of me than I expected. I am looking forward to next weekend. Now that I know what to expect. Poject for next weekend is to make a fork to match the spoon.


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Aug. 5th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, there is more then just the passing interest in smithing that got me to actually go.... *wink wink*
Aug. 4th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
lookin' HOT, my friend! :)
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks Folkyboy, kind of feelin' hot too....
Aug. 4th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hephaestus is alive and well and making me tingle in my happy place!

Seriously dude, WOW!
And I am also impressed at your madd anvil skillz!
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
I am totally flattered. Glad I could make you tingle.
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you could too!
Aug. 4th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)

*sigh* I have a thing for blacksmiths.
It's great that you have the opportunity to learn that.
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
And I bet that blacksmiths have a thing for you *wink w/ EG*
it was an opportunity that I could not pass up.
Aug. 4th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
That is really cool. Back in high school, my friend and I tried to forge swords. We even built a forge to make them. But not knowing what we were doing, we gave up on the forge and found a steel grinder instead. But we gave up on that too, went for some grilled cheese sandwiches, and called it a morning. :o)
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
one can only guess what REALLY went on...
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hey Grilled cheese sandy are aways a good thing. I can understand, a forge is a hell of a goal. Maybe if I were to have a few acres I might work up the to a goal of building a forge of my own....
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Aug. 5th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
That is good to hear, I have not had a through inspection in quite awhile.
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Okay, you're hot in that blacksmith gear. Somehow, bearish blacksmith is instant woof to me.

But please, take better care of yourself!!

Can't wait to see your creations.
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks Roger. I know better now. I looking forward to keeping you woofing!

Aug. 5th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Great shots. Funny all tv times I was in Wichita I've never been to CowTown. Sounds like a great place to visit next time.

I am starting my first ever blacksmithing class in Sept! Can't wait.
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Cowtown is interesting if you are into history and the old west and life on the plains. Most of the people who live in Wichita have never been to Cowtown....

You will love blacksmithing. It is lots of work, but I am sure you are much more prepared for it than I am. You are a much more active guy than I am. Have fun in class.
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
sure but it's MORE important to look the part and you do :P
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)
DUDE--! That is so fucking cool! (Not to mention sexy as all hell.)

I had no idea you could blacksmith. But obviously, you're a Renaissance Man!
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jeremy, It is pretty damn cool. I had no idea I could blacksmith either. Renaissance man, I like to think so, but I wish I could illustrate half as well as you.
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
So when do you and gryphons_hole begin marketing your chain mail designs?
Aug. 10th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Sounds very interesting. :)

So are there tourists coming through and all during the day?
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
hey, it was good to meet you this weekend :) i added you to my flist!
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Likewise! I have added you right back!

And I am looking forward to the next time out paths cross.

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