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I'm young, poor, but would really like to get started smithing simple things. Knives, swords, eventually armor. Possibly branch off into sheet metal when I'm older. Ware can I begin learning this art of blacksmithing?

I should be stopping by my local book store later today, assuming thats a good place to start, what books should I look for?

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Swords and armor are not simple things. You can't start there. Specialist smiths take many, many years to learn this type of work, and even then there aren't very many sword or armor makers out there. After a point it is an art, not a skill.

You have to start on the basics of smithing. Read everything you can find and join a local blacksmithing group. Attend the meetings...smiths are always helpful. There are also beginners classes provided by many blacksmithing associations that will get you started in the right direction.


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Go to IForgeIron.com then
Lessons in Metalworking > Blacksmithing

There are lessons posted there that will walk you through how to get started in blacksmithing.

Use the forum, ask a bunch of questions, When you are provided an answer, go out and try it. Then come back and tell us how it went. If you ask the follow-up set of questions based on your efforts and their results, you will get much more help. Photos are great as it saves writing a 1000 words.

Read everything you can get your hands on, and ask more questions.
LB0008 Reference material lists a hundred free books on metalworking. Many are PDF's and can take a while with a slow modem. But that is only one source, the library is another, as is IForgeIron and the internet.

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Age? Where are you? All above advice should be heard. ESPECIALLY what Dutchmancreek said, you didn't learn to run before you crawled and you didn't come into this world eating meat. EVERYTHING you can learn about blacksmithing will only make the later, much later, time learning blade work easier. I don't mean to discourage you in any way, just trying to safe you some frustration. Good luck! If you are in East Texas, (Longview/Tyler area) private message me and I will be glad to help you any way I can.

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