Author’s Note: Sometimes life offers great writing fodder in unusual places. I want to thank the blacksmiths at Fort Klock for their time in demonstrations that generated this piece. Hope you all can appreciate my quirky creativity!
- Any tool but the right tool does too much damage.
— If you put the wrong person in a bad situation, things will not improve.
- A big hammer splatters everything.
— If you send a person with a large personality into a situation, it might get worse.
- Thirsty metal bends too much.
— People who have unmet needs might give away too much of themselves.
- Having a hot chimney channel makes breathing easier.
— A person with the right temperament can manage a critical situation to eliminate some of the negative consequences.
- Metal being bent at the wrong temperature breaks.
— If you try to change a person before they’re ready, you might make the situation worse.
- Too much bellows air blows high heat too far.
— Talk might make tempers flare.
- The more complex the bend, the more difficult it can be for ends to meet in the middle.
— In a difficult situation with no clear winners, compromise will be a greater challenge.
- Beautiful, strong pieces require time for creation and completion.
— Sometimes, people with the most potential seem to have the greatest struggles and deepest setbacks; that doesn’t mean they’re lost or hopeless.
- A four-footed, faithful friend is sometimes better than a cold metal tool for releasing stress.
— As helpful as hobbies are, sometimes dogs are still the best friends around.