Forger at the Forge
Jim likes blacksmithing. Tending a coal fire and forging red-hot metal is both art and science. The art and skill is in forming the rough material into the desired shape. The object can be ornamental or functional or both. The science is in choosing the correct stock and tempering it to the appropriate hardness. Blacksmithing has been going on for several millennium.
While some blacksmiths still shoe horses, he, like many other smiths, prefer to leave that chore to real farriers.
Note the appropriate red bandana hung out to dry as it is used to wipe away perspiration on a hot summer day.
When Jim volunteered at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, he could, on occasion, be found in their Blacksmith Shop fabricating plant hangers; some were sold and donations were made to the Country Store.