Smashing Dog Dishes and Typewriters; Typical.

Hello! Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!

Yesterday was eventful! After writing a short story, I got the kids up and walked to church for prayer. I met up with my family there and continued walking afterwards for a total of 14.75 miles, 23.74 Kilometres, some of it with my Beloved.

I did not take a lot of pictures with one one notable exception; this goose appeared to be large and in charge, king of his island domain, surveying the area.

Upon arriving home we had an epic brunch of ramen and eggs. We had a few chores and began working on them.

While my Beloved prepared some packages for delivery for her business, I went to a Dollar Tree for plastic shoe boxes and organized our outdoor gear.

When not with my Beloved at the store, I tend to get carried away. I bought a few garden supplies and had to sort them out when I returned.

After that I replaced my phone screen cover and set up the Campfire. Hopefully, the Federal Bureau of Investigations is ok with forging.

Not That Kind of Forging

First, I had to connect the hose and water the ducks and. I like to make sure there is a lot of water for them, the yard, and for putting out fires just in case.

After a wheelbarrow full of pine was split, I got started with the fire.

I am quickly seeing that trying my hand as a beginner smith may not be profitable in the sense in the realm of revenue, but it has a place here at Willow Manor Urban Farm. Today I was able to straighten a little garden rake my Beloved likes to use.

One of the tines was hard to straighten with my limited skills, so I left it alone so as not to break it. I stained the handle and painted it a feminine color. Meanwhile, the fire started making some hot coals.

With my newly made tuyere, I was able to control the fire temperature much better.

I was a little disappointed yesterday. My tongs broke as I was shaping them and inside, a typewriter fell from a shelf while being moved. Bummer bummer.

After having a double cheese burger and air fried potatoes, all was well in the world.

I can make excuses, but I was tired and cold and hammers are heavy after a while. We let the fire die down and went on to the next adventure.

Our first knife project

I had a dog dish and some old wooden fence that were irritating me and needed to be fashioned into shape.

Would you believe that the dog dish wanted to be a boss? I used a ball peen hammer and rail anvil, promoting it to the position.

This weighed in at 8 to 10 pounds. Traditional shields of this style are 11 to 15 pounds as far as I can tell. I would say not bad for a first attempt!

Well folks, that was yesterday. We will see what the today brings!

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

40 thoughts on “Smashing Dog Dishes and Typewriters; Typical.”

  1. Very full day! I was sad to hear about the typewriter, perhaps another one can be found? Thanks for fixing my shovel, by the way! That was a nice surprise.

  2. So that was what all the noise was about! I did wonder…The shield is immensely cool….but what are you going to DO with it? …I did laugh at watering ducks. Ive never watered ducks…carrots, flowers and cabbages, yes….but never thought to water ducks. Did they enjoy it? I hope you have a quieter day!

    1. Hmmm. I may fight off a horde of deadly Pequin, a fictional creature in the Ongoing Tale.

      Oh my… The ducks are not plants? That is why the big white seeds are not growing when I plant them.

      1. City girl who ended up in the forest…There might be some minor details I missed out on….like watering ducks…
        May all your Pequins be easily defeated! So that is what the shield was for!

          1. I cant wait to see what else you make! Some medieval armor? My son is all teenage and sensible. We are waiting for the batting cages to open. I miss baseball!

          2. Are you a charrer or a lightly toasted marshmallow roaster? I prefer mine burnt. I always just cut a few switches to thread them onto.

  3. Wow, it is very impressive walking many miles. I have fox river trail next to my home which is 40 miles long. Since past 8 years, I am thinking to walk there but still stuck in my thoughts only😀

  4. Walking has a way of melting away stress. I’m sorry about your typewriter, Ben. Maybe you can find another one in an antique shop somewhere. Have a great day, today!

  5. I love walking but only for 10km max. I think you have a very adventurous life out there Ben. Looks quite fun. And poor typewriter… feel sorry about that.

      1. I imagine so. Sitting around the campfire, reading a Psalm or two, fellowship together, vegetable soup and perhaps a cuppa.

        1. I found it! I accidently hit the wrong button on this comment, but…. I found it!
          Yes! all of those things would be quite enjoyable around the Campfire! you have your own seat there already!

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