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"Smith" - What's in a Name?

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Having recently just started writing articles for Infobarrel, it struck me that I was being described as a ‘Wordsmith’. I like that. It conjures up an image in my mind of someone who is really dedicated to their craft, someone who you can rely on to deliver a first class product and have a tremendous amount of pride in their work.

It also got me thinking just how many ‘Smiths’ trades existed and why today, if your trade is entertaining people by making them laugh you’re described as a comedian and not a ‘Jokesmith’. I think rather than having a plumber to come and fix my burst pipe, I’d feel far more comfortable with a ‘Watersmith’.

Anyway I digress, the purpose here is to bring together all of those jobs that might involve a ‘Smith’ with a brief description of what their craft entailed and reassure myself that I was worthy of joining such an esteemed group of people who had such a major say in the way that the pre-industrialised human race  developed.  In reality the ‘Smiths’ have been with us since the Iron Age, beating metal into all sorts of wonderful objects, that’s one big family, that’s some history, little wonder there’s so many of them in the phone book!

I would venture to suggest that the ‘Smiths’ were probably the architects of their own downfall though; making the parts of the machines that would take their place in the manufacturing maelström that was the industrial revolution. Maybe that’s why we keep up with the Joneses?

So here we go those ‘Smiths’ trades:

Blacksmith, the ‘Daddy’ of them all. The only one that has earned the right to call himself   just ‘Smith’. In the main he works with iron and steel, highly skilled and artistic.

Arrowsmith, the man to go to if you’re in need of arrow heads.

Bladesmith, he can do you knives and blades but if want a decent sword you need to visit your local Swordsmith.

Coppersmith, you’re beginning to get the idea now aren’t you? Yep, when that copper kettle needs replacing, he’s your man.

Goldsmith, my area of expertise here, as in a former life I was a jeweller. Believe me, their skills can vary greatly, a good one is worth their weight in platinum!

Gunsmith, how the West was won?

Locksmith, these guys are fully trained not to laugh when you lock yourself out of the house just dressed in your underpants.

Pewtersmith, the scourge of 18 year old boys everywhere, as they receive the umpteenth tankard for their 18th birthday.

Silversmith, Brightsmiths as they are less commonly known, work with silver.

Tinsmith, the tinsmith works with lighter metals such as tinware.

Most of these ‘Smiths’ are familiar to me through the jewellery trade and everyone has a favourite blacksmith don’t they? But if there are any glaring omissions or you’ve got suggestions for modern-day ‘Smiths’ I’d love to hear from you.When you see the list though, the 'Smiths' did alright for themselves didn't they?

 

 

 

 

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Jan 3, 2012 4:45pm
Aleo
Great idea for an article - very interesting!
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