Blacksmiths heat metal, usually steel, in a forge and shape it with a hammer, chisel, and an anvil. Contemporarily, they predominantly create artisanal metal products, including ornamental work, as well as horse shoes, one of the sole metal fabricating processes that has not been industrialised.

Alternative label

  • artisan blacksmith

  • craft blacksmith

  • forgeworker

  • smith

  • foundry patternmaker technician

  • heritage blacksmith

  • patternmaking operator

  • sheet metal operative

  • sheet metal apprentice

  • ornamental blacksmith

  • patternmaking technician

  • foundry moulding operator

  • horseshoe maker

  • forge worker

  • sheet metal technician

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