The Frenchman is embarking on a new creative journey, one that has its roots in old world tradition - blacksmithing.
He's been busily buying up equipment from farmers who have no use for items that they've inherited from family members who made the tools themselves, as was the practice. Much of what he's brought home is over 100 years old, well used, and steeped in history.
One elderly man, in particular, is responsible for providing most of what The Frenchman needs to get started and, until recently, he used to make wagon wheels for a living. The Frenchman plans to invite him over to see his shop once he has it set up to his satisfaction and he's cleaned everything in preparation for use.
The next challenge facing The Frenchman will be sourcing good quality coal for the forge.
When I think of all the doors that have opened to us since moving into the country, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. We're still confronted with obstacles, to be sure, but it's exciting to contemplate where it all may lead. And, you? What are you grateful for today?
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