Today I, Catherine Blaikley took a visit to the Armory Blacksmith's shop. My fireplace tools had been damaged by several foolish children the day before so I took them to the shop to have them fixed. I've always liked the blacksmith's shop. The sights are fantastic. Looking at the glowing hot metal and the smith pounding a hammer is like stepping into a whole different world.
The smells in the shop are.....interesting to say the least. If the fires are raging it may smell like burning hot coals, and at other times a bit like wood and dust. The tools in the shop have an interesting feel to them. The smith can design it to be smooth or rough, round or flat. The sounds of a smith's shop, however, is not as pleasant. The loud bangings of the hammer and the whoosh of the bellows make quite a ruckus. Well, that's all that was interesting today.
At the smith, many tools are available for me to buy but most of them are not practical for my use. There were fireplace tools and cooking tools and all sorts of metal gadgets but few of them I actually used.
The blacksmith accepts different kinds of payment, like pieces of eight and tobacco notes. He also accepts Dutch coins like guilders.