Flag may be auctioned off, money sent to American charity.
When Christopher Friis first heard about the horrific news in Orlando he thought the best way he could help was by putting his hands and his hobby to work.
“Started watching it and as I was watching it was thinking to myself gee, I wish there was something I could do and then all of a sudden it was a bit of a eureka moment” Christopher Friis told CHEK News.
Friis took up blacksmithing a couple of years ago so naturally wanted to make something and settled on a symbol of the LGBTQ community.
“It’s a flag that I’m making out of metal. It will have a heart that will come out in front of it and I want to put it to a mirror polish with some nice colours, lock the colours in and on it the pride saying of Love Wins” he added.
“You wish there’s something you can do. You feel helpless and that’s the worst part being an observer. There’s really nothing you can do or at least you feel like there’s nothing you can do so maybe this is a way for myself to feel a little bit less powerless and a little bit more helpful” said Friis.
And his wife isn’t surprised in the least by his generosity.
“I think that was great, nice that he wanted to make something and auction it off and it’s nice that he can take his passion and turn it into something that helps a lot of people” said Rhiannon Humphreys.
He might auction off the flag but he is also hoping people contact him through his Facebook page and he is prepared to make more if there is a demand.
The page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/FriisForge/
“It started off as a ten foot long piece of metal and then I brought it down to size so six inches folded over itself several times because that’s about a large as my forge will allow me to make” said Friis.
He’ll donate all proceeds to the American Red Cross or an organization in Orlando helping the victims and their families.
“And so I wanted to make something that kind of celebrate and champion who they are because they are who they are” he added.