Traditional Crafts

What are some traditional crafts in the US?

Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is a traditional craft in the US. It is a craft whereby metal is processed or metal items are produced by forging or pressing. Blacksmiths usually work with iron and steel, but it is not uncommon for them to use other metals as well, such as bronze, brass or copper.

How can I learn Forging?

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How long does it take to learn forging?

To become a really skilled blacksmith (especially without any significant training or experience in metalworking) would probably take about ten years. During that time you’ll have to “apprentice” (I put this quotes as there are few formal apprenticeship programs for blacksmiths any more.

Can Blacksmithing be a Hobby?

Blacksmithing can be a great hobby but an expensive one to start with as the starting cost is anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. You need an anvil, hammers, a forge, tongs, vices, safety gear, and the right clothing before you begin. You will need a used metal or new steel.

History of Blacksmithing

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The history of blacksmithing goes back almost to the beginning of civilization.

Reference Books to Blacksmithing

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So you’re interested in getting into the traditional craft of blacksmithing?

Here are some tips on how to get started.