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Blacksmithing is the craft of heating metal (wrought iron and steel) on a forge then hammering, drawing, bending and upsetting it to make useful artefacts and sculptural forms. It takes strength, perseverance and considerable skill to do this well and Great Britain has incredibly skilled men and women who are world leaders in blacksmithing. The blacksmiths of mythology wrought magical swords that endowed their owners with power and strength and it does indeed still seem magical that lumps of heavy metal can be so transformed. The blacksmith may make light fittings or a portcullis, decorative gates or sturdy railings, sculptures or spiral stairways. The village forge was always a fascinating place with its hot fire and bellows but really the person who shoes a horse should be called a farrier though the blacksmith may make the horseshoes. Blacksmithing is not just for the men - check out Bex Simon on You Tube and you will see that women also can learn the traditional skills of the blacksmith.