Origin of blacksmith; from black metal, former name for iron
- One that forges and shapes iron with an anvil and hammer.
- One that makes, repairs, and fits horseshoes.
Origin of blacksmithFrom the color of iron.
Historically, blacksmiths in small communities have played a number of other roles, including farrier, wainwright and wheelwright. However, blacksmithing properly refers to the forging of iron, and blacksmiths and farriers themselves make the distinction.