Artist Blacksmithing Blog

I'm often asked for help and advice from students and enthusiasts wanting to get into blacksmithing and artistic metalwork so hopefully this blog will develop into a useful resource with information on courses and blacksmithing training, useful and intersting books and articles and general tips and advice.

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5 tips for finding Artist Blacksmithing Training

So the magical glow of orange hot steel being squeezed into shape by hammer alone has caught your imagination and you want to give it a try.... But how? Do you need to go back in time to the 19th century and find a burly toothless smith to show you how to make horseshoes? Well, assuming you don't have a time machine, here are some tips: 1 Go and see an artist blacksmith (but don't all come to me!!) You'll be surprised how many of us there are out there, hiding in rural sheds and shacks, making things that you wouldn't think possible. There are many ways to finding your local artistic smith. You can simply google away and see who's close to where you are or if that proves tricky, try the bigg

How to become an Artist Blacksmith

Want to try blacksmithing? The arty type, not the horseshoe type? Here are some pointers. I've been blacksmithing for over 20 years now and Im often approached by students and would-be apprentices for advice and help to get started. Being more artist than traditional blacksmith, I thought that the best way to help was to create an informative blog and build resources and information for budding artist blacksmiths. This may sound obvious, but there are two things you need to consider if you want to be an artist blacksmith: 1. Could I be an artist? 2. Could I be a blacksmith? If the answer to both of these is no, but you are still keen, then don't despair! With time you can learn both. I would

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