Blacksmithing is believed to have been started in 1,500 B.C. in what is now Syria. Blacksmithing began with the Iron Age, when primitive man first began making tools from iron. Blacksmithing probably began with very crude tools of stone to work the metal after it was heated, probably in a campfire. It was discovered that meteorites had iron in them as well as the red layer of rock strata. The raw iron ore was brought to places called bloomeries and smelted down for use by the blacksmith to use.
Wrought Iron had a very low carbon content making it much weaker than steel. But wrought iron was very malleable, a property that lends itself to forging and forge welding. It took three thousand years for man to learn the science of metallurgy. Long after man made the first simple tools–the first spear or arrow tips–the craft would require hundreds more years before blacksmiths understood the magnetic properties of iron welding.
As things progressed into the Iron Age as this period became know as the smith was held in high regard. The most skilled smiths could rise to high positions in the social hierarchy and become very powerful in their own right.
The blacksmith was called the king of trades because of his ability to create his own tools. Compared to other trades of the time all of their tools came from the blacksmith. Trades such as smithing were considered more important than blacksmithing but to me blacksmithing played a more important role in history. With out the blacksmith parts for the advancement of technology would never have been created. Without the blacksmith, a village could not survive. The role of the Blacksmith was very diverse not only was he the local toolmaker and “engineer” he was sometimes called upon to act as dentist, doctor, undertaker, veterinary surgeon and horse dealer.
For centuries blacksmiths experimented with metals to try and create stronger metals. The hardening and tempering processes were invented.
The blacksmith was once a symbol of hard work and the mastery of the elements. Today not many companies are still hand forging elements or hole pieces of their work.
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