History always told us that the occupation and the caste of the people were very closely connected , very much that the name of the castes were evidently the professions which people carried out . But with advancing technology, many occupations that defined castes have sublimed and as a result very few people are into the actual business. The professions that can be easily named are carpenter, goldsmith, blacksmith etc.
Blacksmithing is one of the relic of caste- based hereditary occupations. It is practiced by a few families in this era. In this article we introduce a person who works as blacksmith. He started this work 24 years ago . He picked up this occupation from his father and grandparents. His father was the one who passed on the skills to his children . His brother also helps him in his work.
His typical day of work starts in the morning at 9 and goes on till 6:30 in the evening . Except sword all weapons are made in his forge. He make tools for agriculture and construction purposes. The raw materials needed for making the weapons are brought from the shop. He has some very good tools which makes his work a little faster. He heats the wrought iron in bellows until the metal becomes soft enough for shaping with hand tools, such as a hammer, anvil and chisel.
Color is important for indicating the temperature and workability of the metal. As iron heats to higher temperatures, it first glows red, then orange, yellow and finally white. The ideal heat for most forging is the bright yellow-orange color that indicates forging heat. Because he must be able to see the glowing color of the metal, he works in dim, low-light conditions. Red hot iron is dipped in water for a certain time in order to temper it. He said that if the metal is too hard, it will break apart easily while chopping and if it is too soft then the edge will blunt quickly.
He has enough customers for him and his family’s survival. Though it is not a profession that earns you a great fortune it is well enough to put his engine on the rack and keep it running. He is not willing to pass on this trade to his next generation but is rather interested in getting them educated and make them earn a better livelihood.
Though not of a very great prominence , the blacksmiths can be found in almost every village and towns of India . Next time you see any blacksmith let’s be a little kind and recognize them for their hard work .