The Village Blacksmith Part 2

“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.”
– Auguste Rodin
Jean a la forge

Jean at the forge

Today I caught Armand’s son, Jean at work in their Atelier. With a fire burning in the background and Jean pounding away on molten iron, there was hope for a good photo.


Honestly, I also wanted to capture a picture of the gate they had recently completed with a Cathar Cross at the heart of it.

Gate with Cathar Cross

If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, I shall let the photos speak for themselves.

To the right, a gate with Croix de Cathar in the center. Below to the

left is the Croix de Cathar that Armand made for me. It’s place of honor is just above a door in my salon (living room).



Croix de Cathar

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