Isn't blacksmithing a thing of the past? Actually, blacksmithing is a craft and art form that is alive and well.
Blacksmiths create works of art using metal.
Blacksmithing Is Still A Thing
Before the industrial revolution, roughly 1 in 5 workers was a blacksmith.
While machines and automation have taken many of these jobs, there are between 5,000-10,000 blacksmiths in the US today.
Most of these are hobbyists who work as blacksmiths for extra income.
Although some tools have changed, many have remained the same.
Blacksmiths shape and join metal, mainly wrought iron or steel. They do this by heating the metal until it can be bent or reshaped.
After shaping the metal to satisfaction and cooling it, you're done.
What are some of the requirements for heating and shaping metal? Select all that apply.
How To Make Money As A Blacksmith
A full-time blacksmith can earn an average yearly salary of $39,779 US or $52,912 CA .
The most common paths of entering the profession are:
Your Own Business
Many blacksmiths are small business owners. The two most common ways to make a living as a blacksmith are by:
Creating high-quality custom items
Creating small, high quantity items
You can sell items through an online shop or in-person at craft fairs.
You'll love being a blacksmith if...
Blacksmithing is a labor of love and could be right for you if you enjoy:
Working with your hands
Getting your hands dirty
Having your own business
It's probably not for you if...
You want a predictable career. It can take years before attaining success.
You prefer a comfortable and easy job. Blacksmithing is physically demanding and hard work.
What are some things you can create as a blacksmith?
If you're curious about or interested in blacksmithing: