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May M. B. (Swissmay) on September 6, 2007

Ryan, I like wrought iron! I can hear the ringing sound of the blacksmith's hammer on the glowing iron and the anvil and I see his quick and bright movements and the sparks. It's part of my memories of childhood. :-) May

Ryan Calhoun on September 6, 2007

May, I'm glad you like the photo! It's tough to find iron works any more, since wrought iron can't be mass produced, and cast iron is too brittle. Only a few foundries and blacksmiths still operate, producing custom decorative orders at a high cost. I really enjoyed finding this gate (in the next photo as well). Thanks, and greetings. Ryan :-)

May M. B. (Swissmay) on September 6, 2007

Oh yes, it's true. Nobody can pay anymore the hours it needs to do wrought iron. For his work, the blacksmith draws a draft on rough paper or with a chalk on the ground, for a bigger project like a landing or anything complicated, he draws a pattern in scale 1 : 1. They are artists and usually very good in drawing as well and of course they need the gift of imagination, to see, what something should look like at the end, they visionalize every step it needs. Every hammer stroke is set to achieve this goal, fire and water are the elements they need, courage and swiftness and strength to do the blows, which are needed, the patience to wait for the right moment, when the iron is getting ready to be shaped by his work. Most of them are artists.

There is some of the blacksmith's personality in his work, as long as it remains. I could go on, and tell whole stories about any craftsman as well. I used to watch them at their work, be it, when they shaped these works or when the horses got new shoes, etc. May

Ryan Calhoun on September 7, 2007

I've seen blacksmiths work on decorative shapes, but I've never seen a horse being shoed. May I'm jealous! :-)

May M. B. (Swissmay) on September 7, 2007

Perhaps I've never told you yet. I am a blacksmith's daughter! :-)

Ryan Calhoun on September 7, 2007

Thank you for telling me, May! This explains quite a bit. I had imagined you just wandering through town getting in everyone's way and climbing between all the horses. Now I can see the hours you could spend just sitting there and watching, and the work must have been quite captivating on more than just the usual level. For you, I will be on the lookout for more wrought iron. :-) Greetings, Ryan

May M. B. (Swissmay) on September 7, 2007

Hmmm? You have really been thinking, that I would stand on the feet of other persons? ;-) Wonderful, if you can find some more wrought iron! Thank you, Ryan!

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on September 7, 2007

May, you're so curious about everything that I can picture you getting in everyone's way not just when you were younger, but now. Just rushing about with questions for everyone in sight, like a bee zooming to every flower in the meadow. ;-)

May M. B. (Swissmay) on September 7, 2007

I think you are mistaken, Ryan! In fact it's very seldom that I ask people questions and I am certainly not nosy. I let everyone be as he is and respect above all greatly people's privacy.

I am curious, yes, to learn, to understand things, the world, science from the basic and how things are connected, but I mostly try to find out on my own and on the internet.

Ryan Calhoun on September 7, 2007

I was just teasing you :-)

May M. B. (Swissmay) on September 9, 2007

Cultural differences?! ;-)

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