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A blacksmith is a craftsman who does general work with iron. In the medieval context a blacksmith would make tools, nails, horseshoes, and other generalutilitarianmetal objects. Most villages would have a blacksmith, although that person might farm as well, depending on how much work was available for him.

There were many other more specialized metal working crafts in the middle ages. Knife makers (cutlers),wiremakers,sword smiths, andvarioussorts of armor makers wold have practiced their trades in towns. There would have been craftsmen thatspecializedin other metals, such as pewter, lead, and precious metals as well.

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A blacksmith is a person who creates objects from iron or steel. Blacksmiths use tools to hammer, bend, and cut the metals. They produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, and weapons. Contrary to popular belief, blacksmiths do not shoe horses. People who shoe horses are called farriers.

The term "blacksmith" comes from the activity of "forging" iron (the black metal), while "forging" means to shape metal by heating and hammering. "Smith" is from the Proto-German "smithaz" meaning "skilled worker."

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