Have you ever seen that TV show “Forged in Fire” about metalsmiths? It’s a competition show, sort of like a cooking show, only instead of making meals these guys make blades out of small pieces of metal.
It’s really fascinating to me, and eventually led me to trying my hand at it.
You can find a small forge for only a few hundred bucks, and after that it’s all about putting in the blood, sweat, and tears. Mostly sweat, if I’m being honest, but I tell you that the forge is the best gym I’ve ever been a part of! I get all the exercise I can handle while working the forge and hammering out the hot metal. I spent years paying gym membership fees, and most of the time I never got my money’s worth out of it. The forge itself, and the needed equipment to handle the metal, cost a pretty penny, but it wasn’t any more than two years worth of gym membership fees. So I quit the gym, of course, and will use this as my main form of exercise for the next couple of years and see how it works out. If I end up a fat blob with a lot of great knives, then I will start selling them off to pay for gym membership fees again. But if it works out like I want it to then I will develop a new skill, get a lot of cool products from the process, and maintain my level of health and wellness without going to the gym ever again.