But, the developing nations still have working blacksmiths. It is the
developed countries where the skill died out.
I've worked in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam and all have
an indigenous blacksmith industry. Mostly making knives and other
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Actually Bruce, projects like Spaco's mentioning do exist. I've heard
tell of people going to certain parts of Africa backed by some
organization or another to teach blacksmithing skills. The
organization will also provide basic tools and equipment for the
people so helped. I do not, however, have any specific involvement
with any of this, so I can't help you Spaco. If you actually intend
to go yourself then I wish you the best of luck and if you could hear
my round of applause I'd give you one.
This is usually the really poor nations where some calamity has happened
(either man made or natural).
A lot of the African countries have very effective blacksmiths with
skills that would dwarf the best in western cultures.
Mind you I don't like the idea of chewing up a lump of charcoal and
spitting it onto an anvil to forge weld something.
Thats true until one considers the bananna republics of the world and as
much as I like to rag on the U.N. they have but out some "teach
blacksmithing" type manuals....but bananna republics aren't exactly
I've scene some references to modern missionary groups teaching
blacksmith in latin america.
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I can't think of the site's name but there are some cool pics of
vietnamese woodworking and some blacksmithing. Type vietnam woodworking
Oh..don't forget a stop at vietnamboats.org , just because it's cool. ;)
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