Learn how to become a backyard blacksmith while saving a lot of money getting started. In this article you will learn how to build your forge and how to run a break drum forge. Knowing how to blacksmith would be a great skill in case there is ever a shtf scenario. It would probably help anyone that was proficient have steady employment and it could be a means of bartering for items you don’t have. American Preppers Network tells you how to get started and tells us, ” Once you start getting good at blacksmithing, you’ll be able to forge anything from nails to tomahawks, and while you might not be able to create sophisticated items, such as a mosquito trap or a self-powered suit that flies and shoots lasers (wouldn’t that be awesome), you will never have to worry about running out of spoons, forks or losing your bushcraft knife.”
This might be a skill that you would enjoy as a hobby or even to make things to sell. There are a couple of good books available on the market that might also help you get started on your blacksmithing journey. One is The Backyard Blacksmith and another good one to start with especially for self sufficient homesteaders, is Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead.