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Old Jul 25, 2013, 7:01 PM   #1
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Default The backyard blacksmith at work

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Last week I had a few days with friends in the gemfields - at Sapphire in outback Queensland. This couple enjoy the fossicking and chipping away at ancient volcanic outpourings searching for sapphires ~ and they seem to make a living from it and producing some very spunky jewellry as well

But every activity needs maintenance for it to continue - and in this case, the picks need repointing and tempering every so often

1- stoking the fire ~ heating up the pick heads

exif= Panny G2; 1/100s x f5,6; 42mm; ISO-100; +flash

2- "panel beating-1" here's Chris hard at work before the heat goes away

exif= Panny G2; 1/100s x f4,5; 22mm; ISO-100; +flash

3- "panel beating-2"

exif= Panny G2; 1/80s x f5,6; 42mm; ISO-100; +flash

4-"panel beating-3"

exif= Panny G2; 1/60s x f5,6; 42mm; ISO-100; +flash

In our commercial world of 'buy a new one ~ it's cheaper' etc etc, I found it very comforting to see some of the old ways being retained and utilised to the full

As always, comments welcome
Regards, Phil
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 9:45 AM   #2
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Very interesting Phil!

Love the story.

Great series! Each image is strong, but as a sequence is amazing! I love it!
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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Nice set of pictures and good story too.
Comments always welcome.
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