Actually I studied electrical engineering and worked most of my professional life at a desk in the computer department. Maybe that's why I need the balance by manual work.
I have always been impressed by old crafts. At some point I made myself a small forge and simply tried how to get iron glowing in a charcoal fire and then hammered it on a piece of railroad track into some kind of a shape.
You see, I am neither a trained blacksmith nor do I practise this craft professionally. All my works are artistic and hobbyistic.