Profession blacksmith

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.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Hot forging

    The metalworking process of forging whilst the hot metal is right above its recrystallisation temperature after casting and being solidified.

  • Forging processes

    The various processes in the metalforming practices of forging, such as swaging, open-die forging, automatic hot forging, cogging, impression-die forging, roll forging, upsetting, press forging, and others.

Skills

  • Work with blacksmithing power tools

    Work with drills, air chisels, power hammers, hydraulic presses, grinders, and others to create (semi-)hand-made metal products by performing blacksmithing operations.

  • Operate metal heating equipment

    Use heating machinery to bake filled-up moulds or to melt steel, metal and other materials.

  • Maintain furnace temperature

    Monitor and govern the pyrometer to control the furnace temperature.

  • Heat metals

    Heat steel and metals in fire; adjust and regulate heat controls to reach appropriate pouring temperature.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Prevent damage in a furnace

    Provide damage and risk prevention in a furnace or a smelter.

  • Use welding equipment

    Operate welding equipment in a safe manner; use welding techniques such as shielded metal arc welding or flux-cored arc welding.

  • Ensure correct metal temperature

    Ensure the necessary, usually constant, temperature of processed metal workpieces during metal fabrication processes.

  • Select filler metal

    Select optimal metal used for metal joining purposes, such as zinc, lead or copper metals, specifically for welding, soldering or brazing practices.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Measure metal to be heated

    Measure the amounts of steel or other metals to be heated. Take decisions on the amount of heat to be used, the duration of the heating, and other variables in the process based on the measurement.

  • Shape metal over anvils

    Forge pieces of metal over an anvil using the appropriate hand tools and heating equipment.

  • Operate furnace

    Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting, to produce specified types of steel, or to finish other materials such as cokes. Set furnace controls to regulate temperatures and heating time.

  • Work with blacksmithing hand tools

    Work with hammers, chisels, anvils, tongs, vises, forges, and others to create hand-made metal products by performing blacksmithing operations.

  • Load materials into furnace

    Load materials in furnace with correct positioning, fastening and levelling when needed.

  • Apply smithing techniques

    Apply techniques and use technologies in relation to the various smithing processes, including sculpting, forging, upsetting, heat treating, and finishing.

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure equipment availability casting processes coating substances mark processed workpiece cut metal products produce customised products ferrous metal processing apply preliminary treatment to workpieces non-ferrous metal processing operate precision measuring equipment insert mould structures precious metal processing design drawings apply precision metalworking techniques types of metal manufacturing processes recognise signs of corrosion remove scale from metal workpiece cold forging dust usage for forging manufacturing of tools provide customer follow-up services manage time in casting processes mark designs on metal pieces manufacturing of door furniture from metal monitor gauge supply machine with appropriate tools smooth burred surfaces remove finished casts fill moulds