Video Blacksmith Meets Real Blacksmith; A Day with Felicia Day

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We love the day that Felicia Day came by to visit and learn about the art of blacksmithing. She has appeared in shows like Supernatural and Eureka, and co-starred in Joss Whedon’s award winning Internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Her web series, The Guild, has won numerous honors, most recently earning the PGA nomination for best web series in 2011. Her production company, Knights of Goods, produced a web series Dragon Age, which is a six-part webseries based on the BioWare video game series. In 2012 she launched a YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, which attracted over a million fans. The company was sold to Legendary Entertainment in 2014.

We were excited to become the subject of her Flog, which she describes as a collection of things she wants to talk about and do. Unbeknownst to us, she loves blacksmithing, in the gaming world anyway; and she decided to share what blacksmiths do, as she puts it – “for realsies” – with her audience. Lucky for us, she learned about Noble Forge and came by to check us out.

Phillip, our real life Blacksmith, showed her the various equipment and tools necessary for the art of blacksmithing. Donned in safety gear, Felicia learned how to forge metal, using a one-inch square bar stock, which is not to be confused with an ingot – which are collected and smithed to create or improve items in one of Felicia’s favorite video games, Skyrim. The forge is very hot; Felicia was surprised to learn that it can get up to 2,000 – 2,500 degrees! Hence, the safety gear.

Felicia was an absolute delight! She enjoyed learning the basics of blacksmithing. She also learned some of the terms like chamfer, which is a symmetrical sloping surface at an edge or corner, and striker, a person that provides an extra set of hands, making it easier to adjust the piece being worked on and saving the blacksmith a lot of time – as well as, at times, a lot of frustration.

In the end, Felicia Day had successfully created her first ever blacksmithing project – a fireplace poker – and we were able to share what we do in this video! Thank you, Felicia, for spending time with Noble Forge!