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How To Become A Blacksmith

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How To Become A Blacksmith

Blacksmiths are skilled craftsmen and women who forge metal into tools, weapons, and other items. Blacksmithing is a profession that requires patience and attention to detail in order to create the perfect piece of art. There's no one way to become a blacksmith, but in this post we'll teach you some skills that will get you started on your journey.

What is a blacksmith and what do they do?

Blacksmiths are metalworkers who specialize in working with iron or steel to create various objects like tools, utensils, and weapons. They use different ingredients including fire for melting the raw materials together so they can be formed into new objects. Blacksmithing has been around since ancient times because of its usefulness in everyday life. It's also a great way to earn money if you're skilled enough!

How to Become a blacksmith?

Get an apprenticeship. It's one of the best ways to learn how it all works! You'll need experience so you'll want something like an internship or volunteer work first before applying for apprentice positions at different companies who are looking for people with talent and drive. 

Look up open positions online, send out resumes (you can find templates on our blog), follow up with emails, make phone calls if they require that too, dress nicely when attending interviews don't forget this part! 

Show them your skills by making something simple in front of them; it doesn't have to be perfect but should show some promise. There are lots of training courses available as well where you pay money instead of your time. It's a good way to get some in-depth knowledge about the trade that you can use later when looking for work!

Get an education. You might not need one but if it makes you feel better then go ahead and enroll yourself in a smithing program where they will teach you everything from basic concepts up until advanced techniques.

In order to become certified, most schools require students to pass tests or complete projects so think carefully before signing up! If money is tight, talk with someone who runs these programs because sometimes there are financial aid opportunities available depending on what country you live in and other factors like how long of a course they offer etc...

Practice makes perfect! After completing your training courses or apprenticeship then it's time to go out and learn on your own. Practice different techniques, read articles online, watch videos of blacksmiths at work, create new pieces from scratch - whatever you think would be most helpful for the type of blacksmithing that interests/excites you!

Make connections with other people in the field. This doesn't have to be difficult; just call up some companies who do things like make farm tools or decorative items and see if they need help right now. 

You can also try teaching classes yourself so start by offering free lessons first and then move onto more advanced topics as time goes on! If there is a local smithing guild near where you live it's worth joining because those groups often offer lots of opportunities to network with others in the same field.

Make a name for yourself! Being able to say you're a blacksmith is an achievement, but being recognized as one of the best smiths in your country or region will help you sell more items and even get jobs from big companies who need talented individuals on their team!

Don't just focus on making things that are good enough - strive to be great at what you do. That way when people see your work they'll know right away that it's something special because there aren't many like it out there anywhere else...

Blacksmithing Techniques

Tools of the trade: Blacksmithing has been around for thousands of years so it's no surprise that there are lots of different blacksmithing tools used. Some you might expect to see and some will catch you off guard! Here is a list of basic ones, broken up into sections like heating/cooling equipment and hammers:

  • Fire (fueled by coal, gas, or propane)
  • Anvils (large flat surface where metal can be shaped; often made from cast iron with other metals added in order to make it sturdier)
  • Tongs (used when holding hot pieces together while hammering out dents etc...)
  • Punches (similar to nails but bigger because they're for punching holes through thick materials)
  • Chisels (similar to a knife and come in many different shapes and sizes)
  • Drill bits (various sized ones used for boring holes through metal; there are also special kinds that can be attached to your power tools or stationary equipment like Dremel brand rotary grinders)
  • An assortment of hammers (shaped differently depending on what you're working on, but most often square shaped with one flat side at the bottom so they don't slip out from under whatever it is you're hitting etc.
  • Sledges/swags which look like two round spikes connected by a long rod. They get heated up and then placed inside an impression made into metal before being struck down hard using another type of hammer. The bottom spike is then used to flatten metal that was pushed into the impression which makes it flat with two indents from where the spikes were.
  • Gas forge vs coal forge: this depends entirely on personal preference and what kind of metal you plan to work on. Coal forges tend to get hotter but gas can be controlled more easily and there are special attachments that make the flames larger if needed.
  • Metalworking vise (holds hot pieces in place while hammering)
  • Stake anvil/anvil block: a heavy steel plate with indentations or bumps designed specifically so horseshoes, nails etc will stay put while being hammered into shape; it's also useful for bending wire when making jewelry because it holds one end still while you're working on the other side!

Final Thought

It's an art and a trade. You'll need to be willing to put in time, effort, and dedication if you want the best possible outcome. But it will all be worth it when you make your first sale or create something unique for someone special; forged from metal that has been heated over fire until red hot then hammered into shape by hand with physical strength alone. 

Before cooling back down in water like some sort of prehistoric blacksmith creature. And they say nothing is more satisfying than making things yourself especially when those things are useful tools capable of providing warmth. Through carefully controlled flame; producing light so bright that no human could ever hope to outshine such brilliance without resorting to less wholesome methods.

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