Metal craft is usually defined as practical metal crafting or decorative metal crafting. Techniques used in metal craft include blacksmithing. The techniques of smithing may be roughly divided into forging (sometimes called “sculpting”), welding, heat treating, and finishing.
Blacksmithing has stepped into the 21st century as a creative art form, and many people are newly discovering this ancient trade.
Blacksmiths work by heating pieces of wrought iron or steel in a forge until the metal becomes soft enough to be shaped with hand tools, such as a hammer and chisel.
Traditions Handcraft Gallery carry artists that work with a forge, hammered metal finishing and welding of recycled items.