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A0012 Blacksmith related phrases
Too many irons in the fire.
Impact at the time that the material is at elevated temperature!
going at it hammer and tongs
lock,stock and barrel
Strike while the iron's hot
Forge a head
Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot!
One must be either hammer or anvil.
forged by fire
He lost his temper.
You charge THAT much?
Beat the daylights out of it.
Grasp the frosty end.
Dead as a Door Nail
"That's got a nice ring to it." About an anvil.
You da man !! Today it is an expression, but in times past (and today) the blacksmith WAS/ IS the man.
too many irons in the fire" actually came from branding cattle.
Some like it hot
That clinches the deal.
Show me a blacksmith making bathroom fixtures, and I'll show you a man who's forging ahead.
"Time sure flies when you're screwin' up ironwork." from a Turley student
"What percentage of whackage should I give it?" from a Turley student
"What are those marks all over your arms?" "Flying ash holes." from a Turley student
En la casa de herrero, cuchara de palo. [in the house of the blacksmith, a wooden spoon.]
cherry red; white hot
stogy (cigar) from Conestoga wagon
When the horseshoe floats, the coffee's ready.
C'mon by; the latch string is always out.
It ain't the heavy haulin' wot hurts the horse's hoofs; it's the hammer, hammer, hammer on the old highway.
Under The Hammer.....
"It don't take HIM very long to inspect a horseshoe!" The meaning here is that the guy can make a quick decision. This conversational tidbit derives from what is perhaps the oldest blacksmith joke. A couple of horseshoes were lying on the shop floor, one of them at a black heat. The village slow dude enters the shop and picks up the hot shoe...and drops it immediately. The smith says, "What's the matter son, was that horseshoe hot? "Nawsir. It jist don't take me very long to inspect a horseshoe."
sweet iron (what bridle bitsmiths call wrought iron or low carbon steel). Derived from the Spanish "hierro dulce," meaning "sweet iron," an old name for the material, wrought iron.
Forge to form.. file to fit.
OF COURSE I burn myself.
and bringeth forth a weapon of his work.
Blacksmiths never die they just smell that way.
Get it hot and hit it hard
hit it fair and square
do not stir the slack tub before you drink out of it
pour the coal to it
Don't look at it, HIT IT!
to strike a deal" or "forge a bargain
May the anvil ring true and metal move in your favor
Armour: The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith
"If you play with fire, you are going to get burned"
"You only need to protect the things you would like to keep..."
"Everything in a blacksmiths shop, should be considered hot, til proven otherwise..."
"let the hammer do the work."
"work Smarter! Not harder"
"put it where it will do the most good"
"Punch HOT, shear the biscuit cold"
"If you can't hold on to it safely, you can't safely hit it..."
"If you need a grinder to pretty up your weld... Then that makes you more of a Grinder than a Welder doesn't it..."
"Power tools get you done faster, one way or another... You can screw things up alot faster with a power tool..."
"Hold on loosely, but don't let go. If you cling too tightly, you're gonna lose control..." Definitely applies to hammers;-)
"The time to think is while the iron is in the fire, that is when you plan out what to do next.."
"Don't hurry, and Don't rush. Move quickly and confidently from one step to the next"
"A good craftsman isn't hurried and sloppy, and they aren't a slow worker either. A good craftsman works with a smooth efficiency that makes it look easy."
"Neccessity is the Mother of Invention"
"We struggle to overcome the limits of our tools and materials..."
"Five more minutes at the anvil, saves an hour at the bench..."
"DO the best you can, it shows..."
"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."
"A craftsman is know by his tools..."
"take time to sharpen the axe..."
"Tradition is what has worked consitantly in the past: with their tools, their materials, and their skills. It is not the only way, nor even neccessarily the best way..."
"If you want it to look like it was made 200 years ago, the easiest way to get that look is to use the same materials and techniques they would have used."
"Form follows function"
"Take the time to make the proper tool for the job"
"A Master Craftsman can do incredible work with limited tools, the rest of us benifit greatly from really nice tools..."
"If it's still ugly, You quite too soon..."
Hold on loosely, but don't let go. If you cling too tightly, you're gonna lose control
Edited by Glenn