Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival and other stuff

The Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival in Spruce Pine, NC.  
This is a gathering of very talented people and also a fantastic place to get up close to be able to see and learn about the art of blacksmithing.  

You can even sign up to make your own treasure. 

Great entertainment for the whole family.  

This beautiful car was in an estate auction that was taking place later in the afternoon.  

Penland school demonstration.  

This is a very interesting and informative festival to attend.  You can also purchase anything from hooks to gates at the festival and the exhibitors are more than happy to answer questions about blacksmithing.  

The arts council had a beautiful display of some very talented blacksmiths.  

This is just amazing.  

The shapes and curves are just incredible.  

About two years ago, I took a blacksmithing class at ASU.  Larry the Magnificent, my dad and my husband also took the class.  We had a great time.  I do however think that our teacher was happy when the class ended.  Some of my classmates were quite disruptive (Fred and Larry).   So anyway......I have started a new project.  I am making a grapevine trellis.  Actually it is a trellis/arbor combination that will have faux bois concrete posts that will incorporate an arbor made from metal to look like branches.  There will be a large birds nest in the branches.  Above, you can see the basic metal structure that will support the concrete.   You can picture that........right?   This is going to be a larger project than I had first  planned, because I added the metal work.  I figure that if I am going to look at it forever then it may as well be over the top.  

After all of that; I needed a walk.  
Zippy in his best deer searching pose.  

Spring wildflowers.

Red maple seeds

More red maple seeds.

I have no idea what these are called.  I have misplaced my wildflower book.

This I do know.  A cute little violet.

False Hellebore.

My cute little jonquils.  

What would a blog post be without a picture of my cutest little wildflower......Miss Bumble.

I really love this picture.  They are wild things too.  

Over the weekend, we were treated to a beautiful sky.  With a passing cold front; the sky was clear and so beautiful.  This type of scene makes you realize how lucky you are to be alive.  

It is so beautiful that you just can't take your eyes away for fear that you may miss something.  

The field in the foreground is where Bumble and Zippy have some of their walking adventures. 

Later in the evening.  The moon is peeking out from behind the clouds.

I bet the folks in that plane had a show.  

The end.


  1. Lovely post. Love the Blacksmith Festival shots. Looks like a fun event. Everything around your place is looking so springlike and green! .... except for the lovely Miss Bumble in the last photo. She looks a little tuckered out! Again, what a great post.

  2. Awesome pictures and what a cool festival. Some buddy had to much fun at the festival. BOL
    Benny & Lily

  3. I'm looking forward to seeing how your trellis turns out. Some of the things at the festival remind me of the things a welding friend makes. She also like to do branches with birds in them. Love the horse photo too.

  4. I'm sure the trellis will be beautiful!