Thanks to Gari, here are useful links for new and fledgling metal workers.
Hammer Bros - a compendium of beginner to intermediate information
Baltimore Hot Metal, run by Nick Ireys. Offering classes in the Baltimore City area.
NovaLabs - a makerspace in Fairfax, VA, with a Blacksmithing studio
Ms. Caitlin's School of Blacksmithing, located in Frederick, MD
Touchstone Center for the Arts, located in Farmington, PA
John C. Campbell Folk School, located in Brasstown, NC
Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing, located in Waynesboro, VA
New England School of Metalwork, located in Auburn, ME
William F. Moran Jr Museum, located in Middletown, MD
Center for Metal Arts, located in Johnstown, PA
Thanks to our friends at the Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild, here are recommended suppliers of tools, learning resources, and Guilds.
Iron Antler Forge is a local blacksmith doing well.
G. Krug and Son is the oldest continually operating blacksmith in the United States, in business for over 200 years.
For some unique tongs, hammers, and other tools visit GS Blacksmith Tongs.
For all kinds of hammers visit Hammer Source.
For hammer handles try the House Handle Company.
If you are looking for a maker (touch) mark, check out Columbia Marking Tools.
Looking for tool steel? Try Aldo Bruno, the New Jersey Steel Baron.
A Blacksmithing Primer: A Course in Basic and Intermediate Blacksmithing by Randy McDaniel is a good book to get if you are just starting out.
Another good book is 101 Metal Projects for the Novice Blacksmith: A "How-to" Shop Manual for Beginners
© Ken Scharabok, Poor Boy Blacksmith Tools (An ebay store), 1645 West Blue Creek Road, Waverly TN 37185.
A great resource suggested by a teacher and his students is here: https://store.alansfactoryoutlet.com/Blacksmithing-Basics-s/1909.htm While the website exists to sell pre-fab metal buildings, the owner is a science and industry enthusiast. He gives a basic overview of the craft and also has some links to excellent resources. While you're there, check out his infographics page, too. It's awesome!
Another great resource suggested by fellow artisans Sam and Glenn is this introductory guide to welding: https://dragonfiretools.com/workbench-guides-steel-welding-101-2/. It also contains many links to more information, so it's definitely worth a look!
Thanks to our friends at the Metalsmith Society, here is a link to their page of artists, classes, and resources. We've included a few of our favorite links below too!
1502 Massachusetts Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Daniel Valencia, Goldsmith/Instructor