A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut.
Compare to a teacher who only makes $40,000/yr in New York
Tools of the Trade
What Blacksmiths Love About Their Trade
It's a timeless craft.
Pride in a job well done.
Getting to work with hands.
Not Customer Facing
Variety of Tools
Art and a Science
There are specializations within the trade.
Entrepreneurship Potential High
Fairly low startup but does require a shop.
You must be good at marketing yourself.
3+ Years of Experience
It's very rewarding to be able to shape metal to what you have in your head with your hands and some simple tools. It's a cool trade, and I'm constantly...better. You've definitely got to be able to market your services.
15+ Years of Experience
The best part about this trade is that ultimately you are an artist and your art lives forever in what you create with the iron. It hasn't made me rich,...it has made me a very happy and fulfilled man and let me work close to my family.
5+ Years of Experience
I like to be alone with my work, and make my vision a reality. Blacksmithing gives both of those things to me. It can take some time to find steady...but you will figure it out if you keep at it.