Blacksmithing; Back to the Beginning

Before TIG and MIG and incredible Miller welding machines, metals were forged by our ancestors the old-fashioned way: blacksmithing. But even with the advancements in technology, tools, and machines, blacksmithing is still a thriving field of work, with artists and craftspeople producing amazing pieces using the heat of fire itself. Today, we take a look at what blacksmiths make and what tools are essential to their work.


Back in the day, blacksmiths used to supply their customers with mostly functional objects. They were the only resource for tools, metal supplies, and infrastructure. With time, most of these objects have graduated to being made by quicker techniques, leaving blacksmithing to focus on more artistic pursuits. While blacksmiths still make useful objects, such as gates, railings, and handmade tools to name a few, there has been a shift towards the creation of art pieces. With that said, there could be an argument made that handmade, functional metal objects are a sort of art piece in and of themselves, given how much of our world is built from machines.


Looking to enter the world of blacksmithing? At the top of the list of tools you’ll need is a forge, anvil, and a hammer. These three things are absolutely essential to the work. But to make a forge perform, you’ll need to fuel it. Some blacksmiths have opted for a modern approach by employing gas-operated forges, but it you’re interested in going a more original route, you’ll need some high-quality blacksmith coal. At Sidney Lee Welding Supply, we carry 50lb bags from the Pocahontas #3 seam. If you’re interested in stoking the fire with nothing but the best, stop in to one of our five locations in and around Atlanta, GA and we’ll help you out!