My bestie and I loved going to this renaissance festival that they have every year in our town, and the first more than two years in a row were spectacular! Trained swordsmen in full armor, bashing each other with their shields as they cross swords? That’s awesome. There was also a ton of vendors everywhere, from food vendors to souvenirs. However one vendor that caught our eye, was a guy positioned in a small clearing, not as adjacent to the many vendors, hammering away at what looked prefer a red-hot sword. I approached this guy with my bestie in tow, eager to see a blacksmith in real time. The guy saw myself and my friend coming, smiled and motioned for the two of us to come closer for a better look. He said 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 task that must be! However as I was asking him about the process of smithing, I couldn’t help how suddenly I was heavily covered in sweat. I had been fine all day without AC. Again, Guy smiled, as he said finally working the forge takes time to get used to the heat. I don’t know how he did it – the forge felt prefer a furnace dumping heat directly into our eyes! Guy explained that the heat is critical to form the metals used in his smithing process, but both of us found ourselves backing further away from his set-up. He laughed, telling us that it’s much easier to job the forge while in the bitter-freezing Winter seasons in our area, as the heat from the forge keeps you warm all day just like a central heater. I was ecstatic 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!