We went out for Chinese, one of our usuals. All was going well when the fortune cookies arrived.
A's was pretty generic. M's was philosophical. I got the good one:
"Now is the time to try something new." I listened.
Today I started my first (of many, I hope) class at Creative Metalworks School of Design. The way this came about is odd - or usual for me. I found a class of interest at Montgomery County but that was going to be a tough one to pull off. So I remembered that about 10 years ago, we went to the White House Easter Egg Roll with a couple of other families - one of whom is a jeweler. It took a bit to remember his name but I searched and found him. An email later, he recommended this class. I went and met with Michael, the owner and instructor. I knew I found the place for me.
I got to hammer stuff, use a torch, dip stuff in acid, hammer more stuff, sand, polish, ask questions, feel stupid, understand things and feel smart again. I got to use my brain in a way I haven't for a while. I made mistakes and learned stuff. I. Learned. Stuff!!! And used fire!!
I started with a scrap of metal and ended up with this:
I'd like to say I made that but really I helped make it. The design is mine (hammering stuff!) but Michael did the soldering and explaining of it all. I have another one I'll work on again next week, maybe with a little less help.
It's been a while since I've been this excited. Next week, more hammering! More fire! More being creative!