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Last online
Today – 7:56am
6′ 3″ (1.91m)
Body Type
Not at all
Other, and very serious about it
Virgo, but it doesn’t matter
Graduated from university
Has a kid
Has dogs
English (Fluently), Japanese (Okay), German (Poorly)
My self-summary
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I'm very much about making things, teaching things, communicating and continuing my spiritual growth.

My interests are varied and eclectic and I've got an incredibly open mind.

My creativity ranges from blacksmithing (my main passion) to working in wood and leather with the odd bit of writing and sketching.

I enjoy reenacting (mostly SCA) simply because it brings together three things I love: camping, smithing, teaching.

And that tends to bring in children. I'm a father which is a joy and love working with children in general. At events the forge is a "kid magnet" and it's a joy to share that craft, esp. with children.

Generally open minded about cultures, spirituality, and religions. I've traveled too much, seen too much, etc. to see any value in getting judgmental.

I am creative, spiritual, and intelligent
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Teaching, craftwork, figuring things out, talking.
The first things people usually notice about me
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My eyes are, apparently, pretty expressive. Folks notice them. I laugh pretty easy and usually laugh longest at myself, and it's not usually a quiet laugh. I smoke a pipe (despite the photo) and that's pretty unique anymore and gets a few comments. Other than that ... what folks might notice is if I'm in the right environment I'll dress unique. I'll pull out my garb from reenactments or get creative with bits and pieces ... like a great kilt, work boots and a motorcycle vest. I'll dig out my favorite old sweater, worn leather jeans, and riding boots. I might let my septum ring see the world too.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books ... there are so many ... The Beast Who Shouted Love, Dune, Lord of the Rings, Fear and Loathing, Three Musketeers, Ivanhoe, Shakespeare

But then there's the poetry ... Rilke, Turtle Island, Coney Island of the Mind, and while it sounds overly dramatic now there are parts of Tennyson that are just ... perfect.

And, too, the wisdom of The Tao Te Ching alongside the Judeo-Christian texts alongside the old myths that still speak.

And the elegant simplicity of Walden or Franklin's Autobiography.

And the delight of A.A. Milne which covers so many areas in "children's" stories.

... currently reading (yes, there is a pile): System of the World by Neal Stephenson (finished); the Glory and the Dream(finished) by William Manchester; Why Christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong; Shamanism by Eliade; Modern Blacksmithing by Weygmeyer (sp?); Living Buddha - Living Christ by Thich That Nanh; Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

Movies ... Blade Runner, V, Last of the Mohican's, Master and Commander, Seven Samurai, Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Outlaw Josey Wales, and more. Yes, I tend to "guy flicks" but usually with some merit. ;) Enjoy good "film" a great deal, and have the capacity to run out to the cheap theatre with my daughter and catch "Transformers" and thoroughly enjoy myself.

Music is also an eclectic affair. The tendency anymore is toward a lot of celtic and celtic influenced folk with a seasoning of classic rock (esp. in the shop BTO and hammering go together) and filling in with classical. I'm partial to the more romantic and dramatic of the classical composers (Beethoven, Grieg, Sibelius) although I'm developing a great like for Boccharini and am trying to find more.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My recovery(gratitude, grace, love) 'cause without that I'm dead and/or useless to anyone.

My daughter, 'cause, like, she's my kid, right? If you don't get that move on.

Hammer and anvil, OK, that's 2. Hammer then. With a hammer I can make everything else. No kidding. Eventually, yeah. But really. "If you have a hammer all your problems look like nails" is just not true. If you have a hammer and are a carpenter ... then maybe. But if a blacksmith has a hammer ... problems look like opportunities to make the tools to solve the problem, eh?

The dog. Because high, low, thick, thin me an' this dog have been through it. She's still here and a lot of people aren't. I think she's a Bodhisattva, maybe taking a life off as vacation from saving humanity. She makes a lot of sense. Maybe she's *my* Bodhisattva. If so I'm a very lucky boy. "Sure I know what love is: A boy loves his dog." (Extra points if you know what story/movie that's from.)

Friends. Because after a dog ... a friend is a man's best friend. ;)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Spirituality. Things to make. The home and shop I want to build. What to be when I grow up. Should I grow up?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Hunting down my friends for coffee and conversation. Unless it's the weekend I have my daughter in which case I'm running to fetch her and then hanging out with her.

Or if it's the summer when I'm probably en route to a reenactment or camping trip or hammer-in.

Or I'm out in the shop and forgot it was Friday and that it was after quitting time and I'm still "playing".
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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There is something terribly satisfying about removing the belly button lint at the end of a day.

I've had prime rib at Lowry's. I've eaten rare sushi in Japan. I've had high priced things I couldn't begin to pronounce. But when the cash through the shop has been thin, and you score a $40/30 minute gig for you and a friend who is more hard up than you ... that $3.95 gyros or 3 chili dogs for $3 that you spring for when the gig is done (because $20 isn't going to keep the lights on anyway) that you eat with that pal is ... ambrosia.

It occurs to me that there are more dogs that I'd sleep with than people I'd sleep with on this planet. (Get your mind out of the gutter.)
You should message me if
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If there are common interests, you appreciate good conversation and correspondence, you're another crafts person.

Or, maybe, you talked to God today and She told you something really interesting to share.

You've got experience, strength and hope to share.