Heavy metal, Cambodia

Safety is a relative scale. And like many other countries we've visited, things work a bit differently here in Cambodia. Greeted by flames, sparks, and the grating sound of metal on metal, we are spending the morning forging knives at a local blacksmith.
Astrid forging with help

We are given a pair of mittens – the one-size-fits-all type you find in a dollar store at home – and rubber, closed-toe sandals for protection. Two minutes in and Nicolas has a minor burn from a stray spark.
Sebastien forging with mittens

The local guys make it look easy (and truthfully they do most of the work for us), but hammering red-hot metal is hard work – even for a few minutes let alone all day long.
The pro

Unsure of how we will ever board an aircraft, we leave with broad smiles, shining blades, sore muscles, and a newfound appreciation of the effort that goes into forging steel.
All of us with our very patient teachers

Our afternoon is filled with jewellery making - more metal and fire. The chance to use hammers and blow torches offer great memories and necklaces made of bullet shells offer great souvenirs.
Final products after workshop at Ammo

Andrew & Astrid

We are a family from Vancouver, Canada. We are hitting the reset button on our lives. We've packed everything into the garage and rented our home for a year. This is our travel story.

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