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In his 1989 film The Iceman Cometh (Ji dong ji xia), Yuen Biao forges a sword in the dining room of the house in which he is living. I spotted the danger the very first time we saw the film, back in around 1996, and informed the marquis that under no circumstances was he to imitate this behaviour. Forges do not belong in the house. (Nor do motorbikes, but that's another story.)
Now, I yield to none in my admiration of YB, but this morning, the marquis moved his forge into our dining room. I have reminded him that sword-making indoors is right out.

To be fair, this is not just an impulse on his part. Those of you who have visited in the last 12 months will know that he is having a new cement-block shed built for his metalworking. The builders arrive on Thursday, so everything has had to come out of the the present shed and be stored elsewhere. We have hammers in the attic, angle-grinders under the stairs, hoes in the hallway, a big wooden work-bench in the back garden (it's too big to bring into the house) and, yes, an anvil and a forge in the dining room.
I'll keep you posted on how well he resists temptation.

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djbp
Jun. 15th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Not very well at a guess
bellinghman
Jun. 15th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Sword forging? In the warm, with the kitchen right next door convenient for refreshments?

I'll be right round.
anna_wing
Jun. 15th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Ah. Excellent. Please ask him the appropriate way to remove rust from a sword of uncertain origin (possibly Kachin, but possibly not; somewhere Golden Trianglish, anyway) and composition. That is to say, it is clearly iron, but that is all I know. It is not of any great value or age.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 15th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
He suggests WD40, as it's water-resistant and good at removing rust.
anna_wing
Jun. 16th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
OK. Thanks!
sartorias
Jun. 15th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
How about some pix when he gets to work?
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Most certainly! Also of the building process, I suspect, as it will be a Posh Shed.
sartorias
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
*rubbing hands with anticipation*
klwilliams
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
He's really got to come out here with you sometime, and meet my other friends who have forges, and make swords (and armor).
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
He'd love that. He's hoping to manage some of Chazcon next year.
klwilliams
Jun. 15th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
rushthatspeaks
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Doesn't this put him in danger of being attacked by bad subtitlers?
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Quite possibly.
fidelioscabinet
Jun. 15th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
I do hope the dining room floor and its joints and supports are up to the weight.

That and the bad subtitlers together might be too much.

la_marquise_de_
Jun. 15th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Luckily it's a small forge (it's technically portable) and the floor is tough.
aberwyn
Jun. 15th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
And here I thought Howard's tendency to get acrylic paint all over the bath towels was bad. I should count my blessings . . .

:-)
woolymonkey
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
Um, if temptations to indulge in indoor blacksmithing will be visible on the 17th, please could I book the marquis to brief spidermonkey (and squirrel if present) at length on the inadvisability of touching anything? I feel it will carry more weight coming from him.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
That room is likely to be off limits!
ceb
Jun. 16th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, if only I had a forge...
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