Turning rebar into art

Last week I had the good fortune to meet up with blacksmith friend Bruce Weakly for an afternoon of fun at his workshop. Behind me there is his new forge, a Tabasco one-burner. Very nice.

blacksmithing on whidbey leafWhat’s that I’m hammering away at? An old piece of rebar. Yup. My skills were as rusty as the metal, but at the end of three hours, I managed to craft this leaf. I’m still carrying it around in my pocket, rubbing it like a good luck charm as the launch of The Last of the Blacksmiths comes ever closer. One month and counting.

Here’s an initial line-up of events:

February 15, 2-6 p.m.: Launch party at The Stables in Georgetown

February 19, 7 p.m.: Whidbey Island Community Education Center

February 25, 1:30 p.m.: Coupeville Library Book Talk and Signing

March 9, 4-6 p.m.: Island Books Talk and Signing, Mercer Island

I’ve got a bunch more stuff in the works, so stay tuned.

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