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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

The King Of The King Of Trades

My kinda guy.

Britain’s longest-serving blacksmith is still forging iron in his workshop – at the age of 84. Hardy Fred Harriss, 84, first picked up a hammer and tong aged ten in 1938 and is still working every day 74 years later. He has worked back-breaking 12 hour days fixing steam engines and aircraft, as well as making railings and ornamental iron pieces. And the hardy blacksmith – who refuses to wear gloves for the blistering work – claims he will NEVER retire from the job.

I am having trouble adapting to a world where this man is unusual.

7 Responses

  1. It's sad that that this type of person (my kind of person) is disappearing as our society speeds headlong toward its demise. Perhaps that is a cause not a coincidence. It's tough getting old but it beats the only alternative.

  2. Dang, how has he kept eyesight?

    Is "Hardy" a blacksmith sobriquet, or simply earned?

    BTW, i've never seen a hand forge or anvil the size of those before.

  3. I need the service of a blacksmith at the moment to make some large hinges for some gothic style gates, I wonder if he is close?

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