Ted T Posted November 18, 2008 Share Posted November 18, 2008 (edited) Blacksmithing as a Business; I believe this thread contains posts that would be invaluable for most blacksmiths who are considering blacksmithing as a means to make a living (part time or full time) to read. It has turned out to be a classic read because of the well thought out responses. I would be willing to refer this thread to any new smith that is considering going into business as a blacksmith. By keeping this thread active and readily available, it would be of a great service to all of the next generations of blacksmiths who are considering going into business full time. Nothing, but nothing that I know of could be as informative as to listen to intelligent (informed) people who have had first hand knowledge of this journey. Everyone who has added an opinion to this discussion I feel is as important as any other. Although, when forgemaster said: “If blacksmithing is to survive we have to embrace technology not shun it.” His statement calmed my tendency to feel shame about not ever being able to make a living in my own shop by strictly doing forge, hand hammer, and anvil work type of blacksmithing. We must always remember that we live in a different time period that is technology driven to optimize a profitable cost /benefit out come. For all intent and purposes Labor intensive work with out using the available technology for the most part will not pay the bills in this era. The idea seems to be to “FIND YOUR NITCH”. From what I have observed, artistic work, or knife making seems to be a successful foundation for people who do make a living by just using the traditional basics of blacksmithing. I thank all of you who make this a fun but educational place to visit. Ted Throckmorton Edited November 18, 2008 by Ted T Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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