The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blacksmith Shop


This is what was left of the blacksmith's work area in Bodie.  There may have been more than just one blacksmith in the town.  Something I never considered until getting older and my hearing began to deteriorate was the damage done to the hearing of blacksmiths with that constant pounding of metal on an anvil.  They wore no hearing protection of any kind so it would be interesting to know just how affected their hearing was as they got on in years.  I imagine blacksmiths were almost completely deaf when old...like me.  Good place to work on those cold winter days of that area though.





8 comments:

  1. All the stuff I remember from when I worked in one as a kid

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  2. Some things have improved indeed as the protection of the ears and the way a workplace looks like.

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  3. That so much is still preserved. Incredible.

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  4. I bet you are correct that many older blacksmiths were deaf. Yep, a warm place to work in winter but not so great on a hot summer day. ;)

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  5. Wow! Impressed that the anvil is still there.

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  6. You still see young guys working with no eye or ear protection! Oh to be young and immortal!!

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  7. That anvil is still standing there. Wow!

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