The above photo was taken at the Westerwood Art and Sole event this past weekend. This was #10 on the stop at 810 Courtland Street. This young man, Will Sears, was demonstrating his skill as a blacksmith. He loves forging metal and making everything from hooks and spoons to other useful implements. He also makes chain mail garmets. Additionally, loving all trades involving making useful things with heat, he is learning to blow glass. Perhaps we'll see this young man at Old Salem or on the Renaissance Fair circuit. It is heartwarming to know these pre medieval crafts are being carried into the future.
The bright yellow-orange glow of the above spoon is just the right temperature for forging. It was amazing to see how long and hard he had to work just to shape out a spoon; such patience, determination, and precision. With his commitment to his tasks at hand , likely Will would be a fabulous employee. On the other hand, he is probably perfectly happy working for himself.