A kinder, gentler future

So you know how you are supposed to re-make yourself every 7 years, well...

In my mid-40's I took up roller derby. I've had a huge amount of fun, and I still play. But that was more than 7 years ago.

"GentleForce" is a nod to the people who told me I ought to find a less violent occupation.

Chain maille is a very simple yet demanding form of jewelry making. The basic technique can be learned in an afternoon: you take round metal jump rings, open them, link them together in various ways, and close them.

But this simple start leads to an amazingly world of mathematical complexity and beauty that I am totally in love with.

No tools are needed except two pairs of pliers, and with patience and persistence you can make anything from a delicate silver finger ring to a battle-ready steel hauberk. Being very near-sighted is an asset.

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