|Me, hanging from a crane in full traditional Überavian garb.|
Thursday, September 20, 2012
A Year off in Bladesmithing
So, I'm back at school. I took last year off to learn a thing or two about bladesmithing. I got some tricks, I think. I spent about nine months of the year in Oakland, California, being a California dude and drinking awesome coffee and awesome beer, working an an awesome local foods coop, not owning a car. But by night, I would tread the dreaded paths into the deep dark of West Oakland (just kidding, it's a little rough but super super cool), and commune in a cramped cave by candlelight (actually a huge warehouse with delightful skylights and buzzing with power) with the hunched forms of wizened master smiths (Jeff Pringle and Jim Austin are perfectly normal sized. Well, Jim is anyway). I did a lot of dumb stuff at first but I really can't begin to say how much I learned. But I will anyway, because that's what this blog is for. So, without further ado, I begin my Chronicle (with pictures!).