Other People's Videos
A weekend illness, enough cold medicine to kill a horse, and the fact that I turn into a teething two year old when I'm sick is the reason I am leaving you with another O.P.V. post so soon after the last one. I wrote what I thought was a great post on rust removal this Monday, but when I reread it this morning, I realized that I might have been too high on cold medicine to write anything other than my name (and even that was iffy). The obligatory spring rust removal entry will be forthcoming, however, in the mean time I will leave you with something that actually makes sense.
Basic Blacksmithing skills are an obvious choice to learn for the woodworker interested in making hand tools. Throughout this year I'll be experimenting with some very small scale smithing techniques (both my skillset and shop space are very limited), and of course, I'll be posting the lessons learned and the results here.
This short video is a brief interview with Brittain's longest serving blacksmith, Mr. Hardy Fred Harriss, it is both inspirational and moving although it is only 1 minute and 43 seconds long. Something about these videos featuring people in their golden years still adeptly working with their hands is comforting. Mr. David Hedges did a wonderful job creating this video.
The second video is a bit longer and is more of an instructional video produced by Artisan Media (an excellent producer of well funded instructional videos). The "Blacksmith At Work" video gives some interesting insight into a few blacksmith basics and shows how to make a rams head on the end of a tool. Not extremely useful, but extremely cool.
Enjoy...I'm going back to fighting this fever...
In case you were wondering, the title came from this quote (sometimes I get these questions):
"In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible"
-Marcus Tillius Cicero