The term “blacksmith” comes from the activity of working iron or the “Black” metal – so named due to the colour of the metal after being heated
The hearth or Forge – Blacksmiths work by heating pieces of wrought iron or steel, until the metal becomes soft enough to be shaped. Colour is important for indicating the temperature and workability of the metal: As iron is heated to increasing temperatures, it first glows red, then orange, yellow, and finally white. The ideal heat for most forging is the bright yellow-orange colour appropriately known as a “forging heat”. Because they must be able to see the glowing colour of the metal, some blacksmiths work in dim, low-light conditions
Blacksmiths use a range of hammers all have a special function.
An anvil is a block of metal with a hard surface on which hot metal is formed and is made of a number of components:
For holding hot steel while its worked