Friday, July 22, 2016

3 Wood Wednesday - 7/20/2016


Fatal, Gaping, Harmonious

I'm not telling how much of this is true and how much of this I made up to fit this prompt!

I can’t remember when I fell in love with blacksmiths, but they have been my secret obsession for years. It probably started at one of those living history sites, the smithy shop has always been a favorite stop when walking around the town. There was something magical about the elemental way they can reshape metal. As a teen I’m sure it became more about staring and trying not to gape at the blacksmiths themselves. Even today, I find myself drawn to these demonstrations. Watching as they pull the metal out of the fire, shape it on the anvil and then cool it in the water. I have quite the collection of pieces created by this technique.
The pieces are scattered around my apartment as to not draw attention to the collection. The same can be said of my collection of books featuring a blacksmith. I started by picking up nearly every book I could with blacksmith in the title. Warning, just because it’s in the title doesn’t mean that’s what the story will be about (sometimes there is nothing going on in a smithy). I have such a wide collection of books it’s hard to notice if the ones on a certain shelf or two are collected together for a discernible reason. Recently I’ve noticed that it’s becoming a little hard to hide my obsession. Take my selection for my final performance piece. I chose a piano piece titled The Harmonious Blacksmith. When asked by my professors why, I made something about the style of the piece and the way it translates from the harpsichord to the piano. I’m not completely sure they bought it, but I passed anyway and now I know about this wonderfully titled piece of music. I even have my wedding planned out and it involves a blacksmiths. Well a blacksmith’s anvil but details aren’t really important. My plan is to get married in Gretna Green, Scotland. See in the Regency Period it was really difficult to get married so to elope couples would take a long trip north to Scotland where marriage laws weren’t too strict. The first town across the border was Gretna Green and the blacksmith could perform your ceremony. So how amazing will it be to get married in the old blacksmith’s shop in front of the anvil? It will be amazing! There is just one flaw in this plan, first I’d need to get engaged. So I’d need to get a boyfriend. I probably have to change my standards because some hot blacksmith looking guy isn’t going to just walk into my life. I don’t even live near a living history location and it’s not like blacksmiths are just walking around major cities. Well maybe they are, I mean there are horses on the police force. Well, that’s not important, what’s important is that I find someone who makes me happy and if they also happen to be able to make metal bend to their will so much the better.

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