Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands, the smith, a mighty man is he, with large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms are strong as iron bands . . . , or so wrote Longfellow. Today the American chestnut has all but passed into history because of an imported Asian tree disease, the chestnut blight fungus, yet the mighty smith still stands and he has been joined by “ladysmiths” to produce work that covers utilitarian to fine art.
       The purpose of this educational website is to introduce our visitors to the history of blacksmithing and changes within American blacksmithing. It is not intended to be an all encompassing course on modern blacksmithing. If you are inspired to take up the hammer, there are professional classes available.
       This is a not-for-profit advertising free website. Any links to manufacturers, artists, or retailers found on this website are included for informational purposes only.

  The American Blacksmith

     The Village Blacksmith

     The Cutler, a.k.a., the Bladesmith
   Visit the Bohemian Blacksmith. This link will take you to Joe Karr’s website. There you will find videos of a blade weapon actually being forged. Marin County, California

     Viking Forge, Carmel California

     Stonecutter & Blacksmith.
          A. Fantozzi Marble and Granite Works, Jackson, California

     The Farmer Blacksmith
          Page Under Construction

     The Farrier, a.k.a., the Horseshoer
          Page Under Construction

     The Industrial Blacksmith
          Page Under Construction

  Blacksmith Tools

     Anvils & Anvil Types
          Many Graphics

     Anvil Makers, Old & New

     Hardie Tools, Upper & Lower Tools, Hammers, Tongs, &c.
          Many Graphics
          Page Under Construction

     Forges, Bellows, and Blowers
          Many Graphics

     Propane Forges
          Under Construction

     Trip Hammers and Other Forging Hammers
          Large Graphics
          Page Under Construction
           Steam Hammers
           Power Riveters

     Screw Presses, Fly Presses, &c.
          Large Graphics
          Page Under Construction

  Blacksmith Techniques

     The Blacksmith Weld
          Damascus Steel (Pattern Welding)
          Samurai Swords and Mokume Gane

     Tempering and Annealing

  The Blacksmith in Photographs

     The Blacksmith, Daguerreotype, ca 1840-1860

     The Blacksmith and His Colville Indian Helper, ca 1900-1910

     A British Blacksmith

  Medieval Armor

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