For Christmas this year, I wanted to get Chase some sort of activity we could do together. We often go on cutesy I’m-basically-dragging-him-but-he-loves-me-so-he’ll-do-it dates so I wanted to find something that was right up his alley.
One of my favorite stories Chase has told me about his high school days was when he and a buddy built their own little smithing workshop. They built their own knives and other miscellaneous weapons. I thought it would be way cool to try to find a class for us to go to where we could make knives (or something along those lines)
Every knife class I found was pushing $200-300 and that definitely exceeded my budget. I looked for something like this over the course of a couple weeks when finally I found this little local shop called the Stone Fox Forge. They offered a variety of classes from making “Timeless Flowers” to knives. I thought the flower thing was cute (and it was also the cheapest!) so I bought us two passes to the class. To wrap the gift, I went to hobby lobby and found a silver fake flower, put it in a box, and put it under the tree.
On Christmas, Chase opened the box and was really confused. I told him the gift was a clue for him to try to guess what the actual gift was. He had absolutely no idea so I just told him (and he was stoked).
On the day of the class, we followed the GPS to a neighborhood in Provo and pulled up in front of this huge garage behind a house. Turns out, this guy was running a forge out of his basement and it was spectacular.
Our teacher was amazing. He took us through each step of heating up the metal so it was hot enough to change shape, hammering the metal into the desired shape, and basically strong arming the steel into the shape of a flower. The only part he did for us was welding the flower onto its stem.
I chose a calla lily because they are one of my favorite flowers and Chase chose a rose. It was fun because the process for creating each flower was totally different from one another so we each got to try both.
Once we finished our flowers, the teacher let us know he would sandblast/shine them and then mail them to us. Here is the final product:
I adore flowers so this was one of the best dates for us because it perfectly combined our interests while teaching us a fun new skill. Will I ever attempt to create my own forge to build metal flowers? Probably not. Do we have the coolest keepsakes to remind us of the date and our love for each other? Yes.
Date score: 9.5/10 would absolutely do it again and again and again if we could afford it. Only lost .5 stars because I have to save the 10/10 for the truly spectacular.
For more information about this particular class, head here!