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Corrie McKinley

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As the title implies, this is a thread for the wives and significant-others of bladesmiths.

Chances are there isn't another one in the neighborhood! Our knives are always sharp, and we hear ooh's and ahh's when asked "what does your husband do?".

 

Being married to a smith can be rewarding, but it can also be lonely sometimes. It's hard to critique his artistic vision, and to relate to women whose husbands go away to work at a "job". And what do you say when a commissioned piece cracks during heat-treat for the third time, or when blades just aren't selling?

 

Ladies, please share your unique trials and joys- here is a place where everyone understands what you're going through!

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I love my husband more then anything in the entire world, He was into blade smithing long before I met him and he shared his passion for it with me, I support him as much as I possibly can, I in fact love to get out and play in the forge myself, it is something that brings us closer together as a couple. I give him feedback on his work as much as he ask's and I am there to support him when the blade he just heat treated pulled itself apart.

It is soo hard to see him have something go wrong, it actually breaks my heart to see him that upset, but I just have to be there and tell him that there is another piece of metal to work on, and it is not the end of the world, even if it feels like it at the time. It is also so rewarding to see him so excited over a billet of cable welding up perfectly on his first try.

I love my blade smith, I stand behind him and his work, and I stand beside him, it is often a thankless and lonely job, but the rewards are the smile on his face when he finishes his blade, and the blade that gets presented to you every now and then because he loves you.

Some people can look down on me because my husband doesn't have an 8-5 job, but I am so proud to be his wife, and my husband has something amazing to show off at the end of his work day, something that will live on for a long time.

 

I am proud to be a blade smith's wife!

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Oh, it's so nice to know I'm not alone in all this. I know what you mean about a thankless job- I think self-employed artisans can be really looked down upon in this society. But the rewards are there- I know my husband's work will last and inspire people long after many beaurocrats and white-collar corporate executives have been forgotten..

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My love is a bladesmith and I think he's really good at it for his age and experience. He's selling some here and there and has a few commissions, which is awesome. I have so much fun working with him. I really know nothing but he's teaching me and maybe I'll actually be a help to him one of these days. It's a help to know that there are others out there who make a living making blades and that they have significant others that are there with them. :D I think it's just plan awesome.

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Kiah, working together is the best adventure imaginable. The payoff may be low at first, but no amount of money will be able to buy back these precious days after spending them apart.

 

Your bladesmith is a lucky man to have you by his side- knowing you love him and will stand by him will help him keep going through the difficult seasons. When you bring him cold water while he's forging on a hot day, or join him in the shop for hot tea on a cold night, he will know how much you love him and he will treasure you.

 

I wish you and your love all the best as you begin this journey.

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I know that this is a tread for forge fairys but I just had to say (and I've heard this form many other smiths) that I couldn't do bladesmithing with out Corrie's love and support.

 

Thanks, Love, you're the best!

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I hope I'm not treading where I shouldn't by posting here, but Kiah makes what I do worth doing. Its awesome having her in the shop with me, as long as she's enjoying it as well. Thoughts about things with her help me get through some of the dull stuff like grinding..

 

:) Love you!

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