But I sure did enjoy it. I even made a movie about it...
For years I thought it would be really cool to have my own forge and when we bought our little house on South Mountain I thought the day had come, I even set aside a small outbuilding to use for it.
Just imagine it with a smokestack and a pile of coal.
However, time marches on, and after talking with a valley blacksmith at this past Sharpsburg Heritage Festival, I came to realize that maybe my muscles and lungs might be slightly past the optimum place for swinging a heavy hammer in a cloud of gritty smoke.
And rather than be disappointed with that little epiphany, I actually felt quite relieved; one less thing I have to get around too.
And as far as building that forge?
I just finished it, and its even cooler than I ever thought it could be.