untamedfirex (untamedfirex) wrote in the_forge,

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Blacksmithing ?

Ive just joined the communtity so I throught I just tell you all a little about myself.
My names Moon
Im 20 years old
from se London.

I started last year on a access to Farriery course, thinking that I would want to be doing that because of my horsey background, but the decided from a few weeks in that Blacksmithing intrested me alot more, so I stayed and did the access to forgeing course at Brinsbry college (w.sussex)
Im now about to start at warwick to do a btec nationals in blacksmithing and metal work, due to start on the 8th of septemeber..

I was wondering if anybody could give me any advice to completeing my goal in a carrer.
and also asking how you guys got into Blacksmithing..

any replys would be really helpfull.

Moonshine x
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Horse shoes don't allow for much "creative expression" I guess. A good piece of advise I was once given on "the best way to make a small fortune in blacksmithing is to start with a large one". I wouldn't know much about the blacksmithing career track in Great Brittan because I live in the states, but but my advice would be if you want a job that pays decent get a job in a related field such as welding/metal fab and then transition to the blacksmithing and then specialize (architectural, crafts/housewares/demos, bladesmithing etc.). Or you can do the starving artist thing, in that case glom onto anyone who's work you admire, don't expect to get paid for your apprenticeship (still cheaper than college) and expect to travel if necessary. Oh and very important: seek out your local chapter of BABA (British equivalent of ABANA)and be active in that (also a cheaper education than college. Expect to spend allot of money on tools. Hope this helps, good luck.
must admit not actually a very incorrageing comment.
But Thanks for your time
Blacksmithing isn't a modern trade, that is part of what makes it fun, but also a reason it partly died out. Some of the factors involved are global economics, there is always some guy you are competing with in some third world country with a hammer and a block of steel he can pound on. Then you are competing with the fab stuff, machines and jigs that churn out the same patterns every day and the people who just weld it all together. Most people don't know the difference between real blacksmithing and mig welded junk. You want to get paid while you forge things the traditional way with just a hammer and an anvil, but you are slower than the machines, so if you want to ge paid for your time, you are more expensive too. There are reasons why the art died out for a time, it is very time consuming process. Maybe with this peak oil thing people will look more to there own backyard for there everyday items, who knows. Great Brittan is probably a better place than most to get started, lots of repair work and people who want things authentic, and real hand forged work the lay person can compare things too. You have as good a shot as anyone, don't pretend it will be an easy way to make allot of money though.