Blacksmiths shape, forge, join and weld metals such as steel, iron and brass to create or mend metal objects.

Duties and tasks

  • Choose metals to suit specific job requests
  • Consult with the client/customer regarding job requirements
  • Cut, press, twist, punch and hammer metal to join it
  • For outdoor objects, grit-blast, clean, spray with zinc and paint
  • Polish and protect metal with linseed oil or wax
  • Trim horse hooves, fit horse shoes and make horse shoes
  • Use furnaces and forges to heat metal to the correct temperature
  • Using a range of machinery and hand tools such as power hammers, drills, air chisels and hydraulic presses

 Skills required

  • Able to Perform Basic Calculations
  • Able to Perform Manual Work
  • Capacity to Understand the Properties of Different Metals
  • Good Manual Dexterity with the Ability to Use Tools and Machinery
  • Safety Awareness
  • Strong Attention to Detail and Problem Solving

Working conditions

  • Blacksmiths usually work regular Monday to Friday hours with some overtime. They may work in a variety of settings, from small sheds to large industrial workshops.
  • Blacksmiths often work in hot, noisy conditions and may be required to protective clothing such as glasses, steel cap boots and ear protectors.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Farriers and Blacksmiths Association


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