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9 professions that should be extinct but aren't

By: Sidney Stevens on April 13, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
Blacksmith hammers metal

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It seems like the only way a blacksmith could ply his trade these days would be as a historical re-enactor, but this old-school craft hasn't been relegated to the living-history circuit just yet. Masters of hammering red-hot metal into tools and household items are still in demand, not only for making horse shoes but also among artisanal-minded consumers seeking ornamental hand-forged handrails, fireplace tools, furniture, gates and art work.