My partner and I loved going to this renaissance festival that they have every year in my town, those first three years in a row were spectacular! Trained swordsmen in full armor, bashing each other with their shields as they cross swords? That’s awesome. It was always in the fall too, so we were comfortable even without any HVAC equipment outside. There was also a ton of vendors everywhere, from food vendors to souvenirs. One vendor that caught my eye, however, was a guy positioned in a small clearing, adjacent to the many vendors, hammering away at what looked like a red-hot sword… I approached with my partner in tow, eager to see a blacksmith in real time. He saw us coming, smiled and motioned for my partner and I to come closer for a better look. His name was Guy, ironically, and he was a genuine blacksmith who produces props and replica weapons for film studios. On the side though, he creates battle-ready swords! What a job that must be. As I was asking him about the process of smithing, I couldn’t help how quickly I was heavily perspiring. Again, Guy smiled, as he said working the forge takes time to get used to the heat. I couldn’t guess how he did it – the forge felt like an oil furnace dumping heat directly into my eyes! Guy explained that the heat is critical to form the metals used in his smithing process. However the two of us found ourselves backing further away from his set-up. He laughed, telling us that it’s much easier to task the forge while in the bitter winter temperatures in our area, as the forge keeps you as warm as being inside with the electric heater all day. I was glad that I grabbed one of his contractor cards – I’ll be asking him if he’s willing to take an apprentice on later this year!