Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Falconer on the Edge

Slow day at work today so I was scrolling through some of the blogs I've got linked on the right. Falconer on the Edge is a blog by a woman who, after discovering her husband was a falconer, decided she wanted to know more about the sport and jumped in with two feet by writing a book about one of the sport's living legends, Steve Chindgren. The blog is titled after the book which came out not too long ago and the author had a link to a radio interview she did about the book recently. At the end of the interview she read the following excerpt (I was jotting it down while I was listening so if punctuation etc., is off, forgive me...):

I don't know if a person can really understand falconry without being a falconer. Until someone has flown a bird and had a kill, he probably can't really know the sport. Until he's felt the adrenaline rush and seen the life and death moments, the knowledge of falconry is academic. For the hard core falconers this kind of knowing is in every fiber of their being.

Falconry is a lonely pursuit but I don't think falconers are lonely. They're too focused to be lonely. They're doing something that gives them enourmous pleasure and enjoyment and for those of us left on the outside watching and waiting there's nothing we can do but accept it and be happy because they're happy.

I gave up on trying to explain falconry to non-falconers long ago so this passage resonated with me. I know my falconry is taxing on my family and so I can appreciate the times when they're happy because I'm happy.

Looks like a book I'll have to read!


Lauren said...

Resonated with me too, Isaac - extremely well said, Rachel!

Rachel Dickinson said...

Thanks for the kind words. Hope you like the book.

Isaac said...

Thanks for stopping by Rachel! Looking forward to reading the rest. I grew up watching Steve fly his birds in the Utah Skytrials and have spoken with him many times. Quite the character!

JohnB said...

I read her book recently and it is a real page turner. Very well-written for someone only recently acquainted with the sport. I hope it helps to explain something of the passion and commitment of falconers to outsiders.

In any case, I think you'll enjoy it.

Mom N said...

I heard part of an interview with the author on KUER a few weeks ago. I'll read it too & you can tell me from a falconer's-eye view what you think.