Those of you who caught SGDI two weeks ago will recall Craig and Rory May – the father and son blacksmiths who forge hot iron into amazing works of art up in the Colorado Rockies. I spent a day at The Dragon Forge last Fall, where I was reintroduced to the joys of blisters and second degree burns, as well as the absolute futility of complaining about such things to men like Craig and Rory. As Craig likes to say, “There’s no crying in blacksmithing.” Indeed. There is however, a fair amount of generosity, which brings me to the point of this post.
While at the Dragon Forge, I put the finishing touches on a hand-forged, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” sign that Rory made for me. It turned out to be as handsome as it is heavy, and it now hangs proudly in my office at mikeroweWORKS World Headquarters, far from it’s place of origin.
Honestly, this is one of the coolest things anyone has ever made for me, and I’ve been tardy in posting my sincere and public appreciation. Please allow me to express both now, along with my profound relief. As the attached video illustrates, getting a hundred pound iron sign to hang perfectly level is not as easy as it sounds – especially on a crooked wall. Taylor happened to be at the office that day, with a camera, and the results are self-explanatory. As Craig would not doubt observe, “there is no crying in sign-hanging…”
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