Hello. I’m looking for information on how to blacksmith in the wilderness; kinda like “Survival Blacksmithing”. Is that even possible? Surely it must be; I mean, God didn’t just decide to say “And let there be a Hammer!” on the Eighth Day of creation lol. XD Somebody must’ve found a way to forge metal with only the use of stone-age tools manufactured via Flintknapping and Carpentry.
I’m guessing that first, they had to have found some clay, probably “Stoneware Clay” as that kind of clay is the kind that handles high temperatures most adequately. Then they had to have made bricks, maybe using wood to help make a brick shape cast. Then they’d have to make enough bricks to build a kiln, a forge, and a bloomery. They’d also have to make a spear or a bow and arrow to go hunt an animal to get some leather, then they’d have to have some basic leathercrafting skills combined with woodworking skills to build themselves a bellows for the bloomery to make it super hot. Then they’d have to have a few sets of rocks that can be used as hammers, maybe secured to the end of a wood handle with leather straps, replacing the rock everytime it broke during the hammering process. They’d then have to have tongs made out of some kind of super dense hardwood; a few sets seeing as they’d literally be burning through them. They might consider making a copper hammer first, and then using that to move onto Iron Ore, eventually creating a first generation set of iron tools.
I dunno…that sound feasible-ish to you? I only have a super basic understanding of blacksmithing currently, but I’d like to get good at it, I just don’t want to use modernized tools to do it; I want to make it all myself lol. I kinda have a thing for independence and self-sufficiency, and this is just the next skill I want to learn how to do. My ultimate goal is to one day reach a level of expertise that I could be dropped off butt naked pretty much anywhere on the planet and then rise through the ranks of stone age to iron age, even to more modern times if possible. Like learning how to make electrical wires out of the metal I smelt; maybe using a bunch of lemons to create a battery, etc, etc. Basically I wanna reverse-engineer thousands of years of human evolution hahaha. XD Call me a dreamer.