I worked on a project that wasn't blacksmithing for a change of pace.
Jaron and I built a small wall onto part of our (should-be-structurally-condemned) workshop, earlier this year. Jake decided he wanted some kind of "blacksmith" design on the wall, one: because it was just plain and boring, two: because the ringing of hammers and smell of smoke isn't enough to give most people a clue about what we're doing.
So I drew up a concept, ran it past Jake for approval, and gradually got to work.
Originally my plan was to scale the design up to the appropriate size on a larger piece of paper and then transfer it onto the wall. That endevor turned out to be a pain in the ass, to which I quickly decided "Fuck this mess", and put the design on the wall freehand.
It took a little while to get it down right: proper proportions, centering, cleaning the wood, ect. Came together pretty quickly though, considering I had to do it in between forging and dealing with tourists. The painting I took a good bit of time getting done. I spent 14 - 16 hours over the course of 3 days painting.
Made some minor adjustments to the original concept in the end. I had a good time working on this, found it relaxing to just take something slow for a change and be able to focus on details rather than production. For how this year has gone so far, I will gladly take a break, even if the break is technically more work.
The poem at the bottom reads:
"Who wins wealth by iron
Right early must rise
Of the seas breezy brother
Wind-holders must blast.
Of furnace-gold glowing
My stout hammer rings,
While heat-feeding bellows
A whistling storm stir."
Jake insisted that I put my mark on the wall too (his is the Thor's hammer in the center if the anvil). So I did, signed at the bottom.
The name of this piece is Eldur Höggormur - "Fire Serpent".