Blacksmith manually forging the molten metal

Blacksmith

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

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.

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