Difference between revisions of "Smith"

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Examples of smiths include:
 
Examples of smiths include:
 
* Arrowsmith - making heads for [[arrow]]s
 
* Arrowsmith - making heads for [[arrow]]s
* Armoursmith - making [[armour]]
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* [[Armourer|Armoursmith]] - making [[armour]]
 
* [[Blacksmith]] - working in [[iron]] and [[steel]] making common objects such as [[knife|knives]], [[nails]], [[tool]]s, hinges. etc.
 
* [[Blacksmith]] - working in [[iron]] and [[steel]] making common objects such as [[knife|knives]], [[nails]], [[tool]]s, hinges. etc.
 
* Goldsmith - working in [[gold]] and [[silver]]
 
* Goldsmith - working in [[gold]] and [[silver]]

Latest revision as of 11:22, 25 September 2006

A smith was an individual who undertakes a trade involving the construction of metal objects.

A smith was a common trade or occupation and would contribute to the prevalence of the surname Smith.

Examples of smiths include:

The smith was an integral part of Euro-medieval life, and various legends grew up, regarding, among others, Wayland (whose name was attached to a prehistoric barrow grave on the Wiltshire Downs in southern England). Wayland originated with the Saxons, but he became seen, rather than as a god, as an elf, who could therefore be hired to do work for mortals. So a horse that needed shoeing would be left at a ritual site, with one or two copper pennies as payment, overnight, in the faith that, by morning the necessary work would have been done.