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Healing Men Through Metalwork [Podcast]

Metal Work

What happens when you bring together fire, metal, and masculinity?

Listen to Real Men Feel, #147, “Healing Men Through Metalwork” here:

My returning guest, Henry Johnstone, is a coach, mentor, speaker, artist, and podcaster. Henry recently completed leading his first men’s retreat which focused on metalwork. Transforming steel to transform yourself.

“Once I knew how to join steel to steel I found something that had been missing from my life; I was good at something.” ~ Henry Johnstone

Henry Johnstone joins us to discuss the molten power of metalwork when it comes to men’s work. The responsibility, sacrifice, creativity, and fun of working with fire and steel. Metalwork taps into something primal and awakens an essence of men that too many men have lost.

Topics and Questions Include:

  • (3:18) The myth around talking about suicide.
  • (4:28) What do you do to support someone?
  • (7:48) What was so unique about your recent workshop/retreat?
  • (9:30) What did working with steel show you was missing from your life?
  • (12:14) Did someone introduce you to metalwork?
  • (15:06) Were you creative and artistic before discovering your love of steel?
  • (16:24) How did you find that this work helped other men?
  • (19:05) What specifically did you do at the retreat?
  • (24:59) What sort of results did the men have? The beat method
  • (27:06) The alchemical process of transformation.
  • (30:50) Preserving primal, aggressive masculinity.
  • (32:31) The importance of accessing our primal aspect.
  • (34:32) Do you plan more of these metal retreats?
  • (39:34) The mystical process of creativity; sacrifice and honor.
  • (40:34) What is Henry’s grand vision?
  • (43:43) The power of community and service.
  • (46:03) Building rapport with steel or people.
  • (51:09) Getting in touch with Henry for next workshop.
  • (54:00) Men Helping Men group
  • (55:52) What is one thing you wish more men knew?


Watch Real Men Feel, #147, Healing Men Through Metalwork, September 11, 2019

“No one has the power to tell you who you are or who you are destined to be.” ~ Henry Johnstone

Learn more about Henry at

Check out the Inner Warrior: Reframing Masculinity Podcast on Facebook.

Listen to Henry’s first appearance on Real Men Feel – Making Purpose out of My Shit Pit

Explore the Men Helping Men group.

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