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Hey folks. I have asked many people for advice already but I haven't made up my mind yet. I want to quit my job to study to become a blacksmith. There's a school in Sweden where you literally study pure blacksmithing for 4 years and then you get the title "Journeyman". After that I'd either wanna work as a helper somewhere or open up my own shop and make tools and gates. The thing is I already have a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and I've soon worked one year in it. Sitting on a chair 8h/day in front of the computer. Drawing blueprints or editing Excel spreadsheets. I hate sitting all the time and the planning aspect is uninteresting and boring. And then there's the blacksmithing school. The school doesn't cost anything at all. I would just have to get a weekend or evening job to cover rent and expenses. Should I quit my job to follow my dream? I've only had this dream for a year but why wait any longer? Been in the smithy about 10 times. But I've been thinking about it every single day, watching youtube blacksmith videos and instagram photos and bought an anvil and a blacksmith's vise for later (I live in an apartment). I'm not getting any younger (I'm 26) and the clock's ticking. My parents want me to stay at my job (who knew?) so they won't give me real advice. They say the school takes too long. What I am worried about myself is what happens after school. I'm not (yet) very socially skilled so sales might suffer from that. Also I'm not very confident and haven't been especially entrepreneurial (until now). I don't know what I'm capable of. Then again, in the end we're all gonna die so why not give it a shot. Thanks for reading.
Hey guys I am not sure where to put this if this is not the place please move it to the correct place. My problem is with where I want to go with my life in regard to jobs. I have been preparing to work in law enforcement for several years and have been expecting to do that for longer. However I have been looking into getting a job as a blacksmith because I love working with metal so much. I may have an opportunity to be a spring blacksmith, the problem is it is several years of training. After the guy who trains me retires I would be the only one that can do this job for the rest of my career. I want to know what you guys would do. Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
I am writing a research paper on why the trade of blacksmithing almost died out in america in the middle of the 1960's and why it is haveing a strong reamergence now. I would appriciate any help with information on blacksmithingin the 1960's and if you are a blacksmith, if you could leave me information on when you started the trade,if it is a job or just a hobby, and short reason on what got you started or interested in blacksmithing. also if any one knows any blacksmiths makeing a liveing in the 1960' if you could ask them to chech this out i would appriciate it. Background on why i am doing this is for a college class and in about 2004 while in the navy i started getting into blacksmithing and later from my grandfather i found out that his father was a blacksmith barely makeing it in the 60's and because of this takeing any job he could to provide died from galvanised steel poisoning in 66 after battling from it several times. I heard that there were only a few blacksmiths doing it as a trade at this time and it interest me how such an awesome trade and art form can almost die. i think it would have been a huge lose.