Saturday, October 8, 2011

Life and Times in Afghanistan

© 2011 Canis Dirus and The Wolf and Moon

I must apologize for not posting more frequently, but operational issues have kept me from being able to access anything that would allow me to get on Blogger.

I appreciate the comments I have received, and when I finally get out of here, you can bet I will be commenting and sharing ideas with all of you.

Here are a couple of things to think about:

As it turns out, the blacksmith is a respect tradesman here in Afghanistan. The only problem is that when you ask about one, it seems that everyone has heard about the fellow over the mountain, or in the next valley, or on the other side of the following village. My guess is that the cheap Chinese and Pakistani goods that flood this meager market, have displaced many of the smiths. The "Art Blacksmith" is unlikely to exist here either, with all "ornamental" work being done with electric welding devices.

Woodworking is likewise relegated to rough and ready work. As far as I have been able to determine, there is no finish carpentry, no artistic tradition, and no furniture making in the western sense. It's a hard land with little need of comfort or beauty.

Hopefully I will be able to contribute more often in the near future. I am permanently based (for the time being) and this allows me a little more flexibility to write and work. I look forward to continuing our conversations!

Post Tenebras, Lux
Dirus Canis
The Wolf and Moon

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