Continuing the Craft

I remember my dad’s dad, Pop, watching me cut a steak, shaking his head in dismay. “The hands,” he lamented. “You don’t have the hands.” 

It’s a forgivable sentiment. Pop’s a blacksmith, a craftsman, an artist of the oldest tack. I was born lefty, forcibly converted righty, as dextrous as I was sinister — neither quite great, as my steak cutting showed.

Then I recall my own dad, planning the future. “Well, after mom retires, we’re going to move to Virginia. I think I’ll try my hand at blacksmithing and carrying on Pop’s business.” Didn’t quite end up like that.

I’d have hated to have seen the fires of Pop’s forge die down for good. But instead, it’s continuing on in a new light, with a new flame, one I didn’t quite expect:


While it ain’t blacksmithing and metalwork, my little bros turned their graphic design “talk” into an actual business: Viking Forge Design.

Gotta hand it to them — for as long as they’d spent doing art, sales, creative work on the side, venturing out to be your own boss and do your own thing is tough. I wish them the best.

We’ve come a long way in our culture, but it’s only fitting for the Viking Forge mantle pass on from shaping swords and axes, to smithing art and decorative pieces, and now to showcase the same level of artisan grit and gloss in graphic design.

Dad didn’t have the time. I didn’t have the hands. But the boys have the talent.

What was once forged by fire is now finessed and finished in Photoshop — a fine way to continue the craft.

If you’re in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley area, check out Viking Forge Design for your design needs and more.


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