You ever feel like you've been really busy but can't think of what it is that you've done? That's what the past month has felt like to me, the last couple days have almost felt like a nice reprieve from that though.
I've *finished a knife to use for fighting (here's the start of the knife) that's been a long time coming and now that it is complete, I'm sorely disappointed in the final product: I assumed the steel I forged it out of was of better quality and that was a mistake, It does not want to harden at all. But that's ok, it doesn't need to hold an edge, all that is required of the knife is to have the ever living shit beaten out of it and not break, which it will do.
Unfortunately during the process of the knife being finished today, it wound up being sunk about 6" into a stump, so now it's stuck, until the one true ruler comes to claim it!
Or until someone with an axe or chainsaw comes by, whichever...
There was a little red squirrel that visited the shop the other day, a very friendly little fella, something that isn't very common with most squirrels here, usually they keep their distance from people. This guy though, I had a bag of bread I brought for breakfast, and Hansel (that's what we named the squirrel) jumps up onto my work table and starts to try taking off with my bread! I had to pull the bag away from him. I shared some pieces with him which he went off to eat, then a short while later he comes scampering across the floor and climbs my leg up to the table to get some more bread. This went on for another half hour before he finally disappeared after the hammering started. One of the gals that works at the sanctuary, where the smithy is setup, was talking with me over the course of Hansel's visiting and had an idea. The next day she brings me a drawing.
So now I'm a viking squirrel. I thought this was pretty great.
Jaron and I will be leaving for RTX in one week! I'm so excited to get back down there, even more so than last year because now I know what it's like and because of the friends I'll get to see in person again (looking at you OCC). Can't wait to hang out with everyone, it's honestly the only thing I've been looking forward to this year!
So until then