As the moments become days and pass into memory, I feel we continually add invisible pieces to our selves. It has been so with me. And yet sometimes we also have very visible proof of our progress through time. This is one of the reasons I love blacksmithing – at the end of the day, you have a tactile, solid measure of your work. And maybe, just maybe, you can say that there is a little more beauty in the world because of it.
I am about to leave Sweden, and step out on the next path. My destination is the UK, encouraged by my expired visa to head to a new country. Although I have spent a good deal of effort preparing, the here and now has been pulling me strongly. Fredrik and I have been in production mode, working on a duo of chandeliers (ljuskronor), among some other smaller projects.
Working under the guidance of a professional smith is an incredible experience, and the collaboration tests my ability to match and uphold Fredrik’s style and standards. Yet he has also encouraged me to find my own design, to explore what makes my ironwork unique. Using this as a starting point, I forged a couple of candleholders from start to finish, creating a design and then fulfilling it, and facing the challenges along the way.
The sauna is a frequent presence in our lives, sometimes more, sometimes less. But an important part of the experience is jumping in the water. Sometimes it takes a little work to get there though…
…in places the ice was thicker than the 40cm blade of the chainsaw. But we prevailed!
The family has been doing lots of colouring lately, from colouring books to “freestyle” (without colouring books). It is a great creative compliment to working in the forge, as well as a calming evening activity together.
This brings one chapter of my adventure to a close. As I leave for Britain, and the unknown beyond that, I know that this has been a powerful time in my life. I hope to keep my updates alive as I journey, to share a glimpse into my travels and encounters with British blacksmiths.
Greet each day with passion, surrounded by health, and with a good portion of laughter to feed you.