Blacksmith

Blacksmiths shape bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.
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    Overview

    Blacksmiths shape bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.

    Day-to-day

    • selects metal stock for job requirements
    • heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses
    • tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air
    • prepares electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming and planting solution to the objects to be coated
    • sets and adjusts controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects
    • prepares horses hooves for shoeing, nails horseshoes to hooves and trims hooves
    • cuts, trims, shapes and smoothes stock to form mould patterns
    • fills boxes with sand and sets patterns in place and pours molten metal into moulds, applies refractory paint and positions cores in moulds
    • finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.

    Considerations

    • Physically demanding

    To become a Blacksmith