A blacksmithing career is more stressful than playing a blacksmith in World of Warcraft, yet less stressful than taking up this job during the Middle Ages. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about the latter. Working as an industrial blacksmith generally means that you don’t get to work from the comfort of your own studio. Industrial blacksmiths work for companies that make specialist tools, security grills, fire escapes, steam grates and manhole covers. Many industrial blacksmiths are finding that their jobs are going overseas these days. Numerous companies use drop-forged molds and castings to mass produce parts. One stressful aspect of this career is having to keep your craft relevant in a world full of nearly identical decorative items sold for cheap.
Working as a reenactor at a historic outdoor museum is always a day in the…. theme park. Blacksmiths who work in front of audiences must be able to remain personable even when the work is hard and they are exhausted from swinging hammers all day long. You will have to answer many of the same questions day in and day out. Also, you may have to give directions to the nearest bathroom while forging steel. Someone else’s #2 may be your #1 priority.