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Question for aspiring blacksmiths who dream about learning
the craft but wonder if they’re really ready:

If there was a simple, step-by-step method for learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing and it didn’t require expensive tools or
crafting experience to get started…

Would you have the confidence to stop imagining yourself making things from steel and actually start doing it?

From the Essential Craftsman Shop
1124 NE Walnut St #404
Roseburg, OR 97470

For any of us to reach our highest potential, we need a worthy challenge.

We need something to test ourselves and teach us new lessons, to sharpen and refine us… and I know of no better teacher than the act of crafting things by hand.

Taking raw materials and transforming them through skill and creativity into something useful changes you… it makes you more focused and confident, and it teaches you to appreciate each and every moment in a completely new way.

If that’s something you’d like to experience, I hope you’ll read on. Because what I’m about to share could easily be the “spark” that starts your own journey toward mastering this craft...

This could be the moment you look back on a few months from now, when you’re hammering away with total focus in your shop... and you’ve got the tools, the confidence, and the skillset to forge your own beautiful, practical metalcrafts by hand.


But first, I want to talk about something serious...

It’s something I call “the lack.”

The lack is a feeling we increasingly experience as members of our modern society... a sense that, no matter how much stuff we’ve got, no matter where we are in our careers or what kind of car we drive, something’s still missing.

“The lack” makes you lie awake at night and wonder, “Is this all there is?”

And if you’re like many people, maybe you feel it most on Sunday evenings, when the weekend is winding down and you’ve got nothing much to show for your “two days of freedom”… and you realize the whole cycle is about to kick off again.

Now, sometimes we try to drown out the lack.

So we turn to videogames, videos, or other distractions to avoid the feelings it brings. But it never works, and instead, these modern entertainments often leave us feeling more restless, longing for something more.

If what you’re reading here right now resonates, I want to be very direct with you: you cannot drown out the lack.

Instead, I believe that:

To find fulfillment in this hectic, distracted world,
we must connect with something real.

Of course, our inner sense of calm and satisfaction also depends on our relationships to our community, family, and faith; the responsibilities we take on; the good that we do; the service we provide – these things converge in our individual lives to bring us fulfillment.

However, in order to escape the emptiness of a distracted life, we need to invest our discretionary time with purpose and presence.

And, I can tell you that one significant source of fulfillment can be found in the simple act of making something with your hands.

Making something real.

Making something tactile, functional, and ideally, beautiful.

That means having a passion or a pastime that challenges you, sharpens you, and teaches you new lessons each day.

And no hobby I've found teaches these lessons more powerfully than blacksmithing.


Blacksmithing: An Ancient, Time-Honored Craft

For thousands of years, blacksmiths were the center of their communities: they forged tools for farm and household, and made weapons to defend their people in times of conflict.

If your town had a good blacksmith, it would flourish… which meant capable smiths always held high social status.

Of course, technology has changed the blacksmith’s role in society… but the art itself remains as powerful as ever.

And today, more and more men and women are rediscovering this “king of crafts” and taking it up as a pastime.

Here are just 4 reasons why blacksmithing is the perfect hobby to take up even today:

Reason #1: It’s Deeply Gratifying

Blacksmithing is a genuinely satisfying craft. I’ve been doing it for more than 14 years (in addition to decades spent with other crafts), and I still get excited walking into my shop.

The experience is visceral… from the unmistakable smell of metal and coal dust, to lighting the forge and feeling the “dragon’s breath” on your skin, to pounding steel into shape on the anvil.

When those hammer blows ring out, you’re instantly connected – you feel that force, deep in your bones. It makes you feel awake and alive in a way nothing else can... talk about a thrill!

And once you’ve got your gear, that experience is always available to you.

Had a long day at the office? Just fire up the forge and hammer steel for a half hour when you get home. Trust me, all that stress and anxiety will vanish practically instantly.

Reason #2: It’s Good for You, Mentally and Physically

This second reason goes hand in hand with the first: when you’re blacksmithing, it’s an activity that commands your total attention. You simply can’t be distracted and do blacksmithing at the same time.

Which is a wonderful thing... because you’re free to let go of things like cell phones, email, and the pressure of being continuously reachable.

When you’re hammering steel and you’ve got a good, steady flow going, it’s calming… and all those mind-numbing distractions will seem a million miles away.

And, the act of pounding metal over and over will make your muscles stronger so you’ll not only feel better when you start blacksmithing, you’ll likely notice you’ve improved your physical health, too.

Reason #2: It’s Good for You, Mentally and Physically

Blacksmithing focuses you and brings you into the present moment

Reason #3: It’ll Help You Connect

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Immerse yourself in the “king of crafts”

Reason #3: It’ll Help You Connect

Blacksmithing has an element of history and magic that no other hobby does.

It could be called “the world’s best conversation starter.” When you tell people you’re a blacksmith, they’ll instantly want to know more.

All people, young and old, are fascinated by the craft.

And here’s something you may not know: when you take up blacksmithing, you’ll be able to be part of a tight-knit community of fellow craftsmen.

You can use your newfound hobby to join associations, go to meetups, and participate in conferences that revolve around blacksmithing.

I've met many of my closest friends through the craft. Folks drawn to this hobby are creative, resourceful, and almost always very friendly… in other words, the kind of people you want to surround yourself with.

Reason #4: It'll Help You Build a Legacy

Building a legacy means creating something that will outlast you… it’s making your mark in a way that lives on for decades – perhaps centuries.

Take something like a custom-made knife: when you take the time and effort to craft a beautiful, handmade knife, that piece is going to carry a lot of meaning.

It becomes a symbol of your dedication and skill as a blacksmith… and it will be something you treasure, that you’re very proud of.

Your children and relatives will treasure it, too. If you have a son, imagine it’s his graduation day... he’s finally leaving the nest, making the transition from high-schooler to grown man.

While others give him cash and gift cards, you have something far more meaningful to pass down:

A beautiful handmade Bowie knife, accented with a rosewood handle and polished brass tang.

You tell me... 25 years from that day, what will your son remember?

Aside from the hugs and smiles, he’ll remember it as the day you gave him that prized Bowie knife. And he’s never going to forget it.

That’s how blacksmithing builds your legacy.

And it doesn’t just come from special, one-time gifts. Everything you build, from your first project to your last, will leave a lasting mark... because steel endures.

When you can transform steel into art, people will treasure it… and they will remember you were the one who made it.

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Of course, there are many more benefits to blacksmithing than those I just mentioned.

And if you want to experience how life-changing this craft can be, you have to try it for yourself.

Unfortunately, a lot of people who could have been excellent blacksmiths never get started… and often, it’s because they let self-doubt get the best of them.

At first, you may wonder:

...I don’t know any other blacksmiths… is this really something I can learn on my own?

...I don’t have a barn full of smithing tools or even a shop space to work in… is this hobby realistic for me?

...There are so many details to getting started – where on Earth am I supposed to begin?

These kinds of questions are perfectly normal. In fact, nearly all new blacksmiths have concerns starting out.

So we’d like to shed some light on a few “beginner myths”...
and show why they’re actually easy to overcome.

Myth #1: You Have to Spend an Arm and a Leg on Tools

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to start blacksmithing

Myth #1: You Have to Spend an Arm and a Leg on Tools

One of the biggest misconceptions about blacksmithing is that it’s expensive.

People see videos of pro blacksmiths with top-of-the-line gear and think, “I’d love to get into blacksmithing… but I’m not sure I can afford all that equipment!”

Well, pricey gear is NOT a requirement to start blacksmithing. The truth is, you can get everything you need to start for a reasonable amount of money.

You can easily get the main tools you need for $400–$600 if you buy them used and make what you can yourself. (One of the great things about blacksmithing is that you can make your own tools as you go.)

And even if you go for new gear, a $1000 investment will get you a set of tools that will last for years.

It’s less expensive to get into blacksmithing than learning to golf or taking up kayaking. And unlike those hobbies, blacksmithing will be available to enjoy practically 24/7 – no planning, trips, or reservations needed.

Myth #2: You Need a Lot of Space

When you hear the words “blacksmithing shop,” you may imagine a big, soot-covered forge, anvils of all shapes and sizes, and massive power hammers... all under one big roof.

Now, some folks do have expansive shops like that (I myself have worked hard over the years to create that luxury) – but it’s definitely not a requirement to get started.

All you need to get started is a space about 10 feet by 10 feet... which means you can set up shop just about anywhere.

You can easily set up gear in your garage, in the driveway, or your backyard.

I’ve taken my blacksmithing on the road many times, to festivals like the Celtic Games. I like to set up shop right in the middle of the action... no roof or fancy shop required.

Myth #2: You Need a Lot of Space

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You can set up your shop with little space

Myth #3: You Need a Background in the Trades

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Cy Swan helped me get started in blacksmithing, and we have remained good friends ever since

Myth #3: You Need a Background in the Trades

If you’re an office worker, you may think blacksmithing isn’t realistic for you...

...And that only people with a blue-collar background who’ve done things like welding and metal fabrication are cut out for it.

Well, I’m here to tell you this just isn’t true. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have experience in the trades… but it’s not a requirement to learn blacksmithing.

But there is one thing that really will make all the difference: having a mentor.

My mentor was a man named Cy Swan. And pretty much every technique I use today – from riveting, to making Damascus steel, and everything in between – I learned from him.

When you can learn from someone who’s walked the path before and knows the steps you’ll need to take, anything is possible in this craft.

I’ve been very fortunate to have a mentor like Cy who helped me get into the craft and experience all it has to offer.

To pay it forward and help others who want to learn to blacksmith, my son Nate and I have worked hard to create a resource that will allow you to experience the same kind of exacting, in-depth training I received…

And the best part is, it works even if you’re new to blacksmithing, don’t have a lot of space, and don’t have much money for tools.


Hi, my name’s Scott Wadsworth.

I’m the man in front of the camera at Essential Craftsman.

As a lifelong tradesman, I’ve been building homes, laying concrete, and fabricating steel for decades.

I even ran my own contracting company (Wadco Construction) in my hometown of Roseburg, Oregon, for many years.

Then in 2005, I got deeply into the joys of blacksmithing.

Working with Cy, who’s something of a legend in Southern Oregon, I fell in love with blacksmithing… I loved the smell of coal dust, the weight of the hammer in my hand, and the thrill of creating something that was going to last.

These days, my greatest joy is teaching others about all things craftsmanship in collaboration with my son Nate through our YouTube channel, Essential Craftsman.


I’m proud to say that, in the span of just a few years, Essential Craftsman has grown from Nate and I posting videos for fun to an award-winning channel with more than 600,000 subscribers.

And not only that...

Essential Craftsman has helped spark a mini DIY “movement” – we even had our first in-person meetup in February 2019 in Dallas, Texas:

There’s a real friendly community around the craft
Our Essential Craftsman gear

Learning the art of blacksmithing has impacted my life in so many incredible ways. And, after more than a decade of practicing the craft, I was ready to teach everything I know.

So Nate and I decided to create a resource that will allow beginners to learn blacksmithing in their own homes, even if they don’t have a lot of tools, space, or experience.

We spent months creating this comprehensive beginner blacksmithing course, and we can confidently say it’s the best material we’ve ever created.

Since we first opened the course in 2019, hundreds of students have gone through it, and many of them went from never having touched a hammer to crafting their first metal projects in a matter of weeks.

The course has received countless positive reviews, and now we look forward to helping you get started on your own blacksmithing journey...

One that will challenge you, reconnect you to something real and meaningful, and provide you with decades of joy and fulfillment.

I’m excited to introduce you to…


Essential Blacksmith

The most comprehensive beginner blacksmithing course designed to get you started blacksmithing and teach you the fundamentals of the craft in just 12 weeks.

In Essential Blacksmith, I’ll be your virtual mentor and teach you the fundamentals of this time-honored tradition, showing you step-by-step how to make your own durable tools and high-quality crafts by hand… no matter how little experience you have with the trades.

Learn the Ancient Art of Blacksmithing, Hands-On

With Essential Blacksmith, you’re going to learn blacksmithing by doing it hands-on… we’re going to roll up our sleeves, heat up steel, and make things.

If you’ve never blacksmithed before and that sounds a little scary, don’t worry!

In the same way that my mentor taught me the basics of the craft, I'll walk you through everything you need to know... I’ll show you how to set up your shop, use the different parts of the anvil, and hammer with precision and efficiency.

The entire course is designed to make learning how to blacksmith as simple, clear, and easy to follow as possible.

We’ll go in-depth and learn fundamental
blacksmithing processes

  • Punching and drifting
  • Upsetting
  • Drawing out
  • Bending and twisting
  • Heat treating

With these core skills at your disposal, you’ll have the foundation to make practically anything from steel… including high-quality tools, repair parts, and decorations. The only limit is your imagination.

Following Along At Home is Easy

The entire Essential Blacksmith course is filmed right in my own blacksmithing shop.

To follow along, log in from your computer, smartphone or tablet, hit play, and watch as I walk you through each project in a clear, step-by-step fashion.

Then you'll be ready to take on the projects in your own shop... and very quickly, you’ll be making your own great-looking crafts that you’ll use and cherish for years to come.

On-Demand Access At Your Own Pace

Once you’re signed up to Essential Blacksmith, you can access the course whenever, wherever you like. It’s entirely digital, and you can complete the projects at your own pace.

If you’re completely new to blacksmithing, it might take you a couple of weeks to get your shop set up, and that’s fine. There is no rushing or trying to hit deadlines in this course (that’s not what this craft is all about, after all). We’ll take you through everything you need to get set up and ready, and since you’ll have lifetime access, you won’t need to worry about “falling behind.”

Essential Blacksmith includes 14 step-by-step projects in which you’ll learn to make blacksmithing tools such as...

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A bending wrench

Three bending forks


A center punch

A punch/drift


2 hot cuts

A square punch


A header / bolster



A holdfast

Plus, beautiful, practical metalcrafts, including...

A steak turner and fork


A knife

Plant hook / hummingbird feeder hook

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2 large nails (to mount the plant hook)

A coat rack

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I’ll walk you step-by-step through each project, teaching you foundational blacksmithing skills in the process.

On top of the project lessons, I’ve also recorded a special “Pre-course” module to help you get forging as quickly as possible.

Inside the Pre-course module, we’ll discuss important topics like:

  • How to Properly Set Up Your Blacksmithing Shop
  • Hammering for Blacksmiths
  • Shop Safety
  • Buying Your First Anvil
  • Types and Properties of Steel

Along with the course modules, you’ll also get access to
Three Bonuses to help you start smithing:

Bonus #1: The Essential Blacksmith
Private Facebook Group

When you’re learning a new craft, having other beginners to connect with makes a huge difference. That’s why we’ve created this private, members-only Facebook group for all Essential Blacksmith students.

Inside the group, you’ll get to hang out with your fellow blacksmiths and exchange feedback, encouragement, and real-world tips and techniques to improve your craft.

  • Connect with other students and share your progress
  • Get feedback on your handiwork from other members
  • Learn what’s working for others, and get new ideas you can use yourself
  • Make friends with people just like you who are taking their first steps toward learning an incredibly rewarding, lifelong craft

Bonus #1: The Essential Blacksmith
Private Facebook Group

Build your own craft community in our members’ Facebook Group

Bonus #2: Heat Color Charts

Master your understanding of heat and metal

Bonus #2: Heat Color Charts

To be an effective blacksmith, you must learn to master the forge – your all-important heat source when working steel. And the first step to mastering the forge is understanding how different temperatures of steel look to the eye.

So I’m including 2 custom Heat Color Charts to help train your eye and let you know when your steel has reached the optimal temperature.

Chart 1: Incandescent Heat Chart

With this handy chart, you’ll have a clear reference when first heating your steel. At a glance, you’ll know when your piece is ready to be pulled from the forge and hammered into shape.

Chart 2: Tempering Chart

Tempering is the process of toughening steel – and knowing what colors correspond with what temperatures is key to the process. With the Tempering Chart, you’ll know when your steel has reached maximum toughness and is ready to be quenched.

Bonus #3: Steel 101

Having a solid understanding of your materials is fundamental to becoming a great craftsman.

In blacksmithing, you need to know how to work different types of steel in a way that complements their structure and properties. This requires a nuanced knowledge of which types of steel are best suited to different kinds of projects, and how they respond to heat and tempering.

In this bonus lesson, you’ll get acquainted with the types of steel commonly used in blacksmithing and learn what to expect as you handle them in your shop. That way, you can connect more intently with the tools of your craft and set yourself up for a final product that has the structural integrity to last for decades.

Bonus #3: Steel 101

Get to know the materials of your craft

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Program for
Beginner Blacksmiths

With Essential Blacksmith, I’ve given you everything you’ll need to start learning the craft and making your own tools and metalcrafts by hand.

If you wanted to learn what I teach in a live class setting, you’d be looking at spending thousands of dollars.

But I’m excited to offer you lifetime access to Essential Blacksmith and all bonuses, including:

  • The 6 core modules with 14 beginner-friendly projects
  • The 5-video Pre-course Module
  • Bonus #1: The Private Essential Blacksmith Facebook Group
  • Bonus #2: Steel Heat Color Wall Charts
  • Bonus #3: Steel 101
  • Plus extras like step-by-step written guides to making the projects, a glossary of blacksmithing terms, and checklists for buying the materials and tools


All for…

4 Payments of


A One-Time Payment of
$ 297


Plus, you’ll be backed by…

Our 14-Day Money-Back Guarantee


We want to make it easy for you to put the program into action and experience for yourself how exciting this craft can be.

That’s why I’m giving you a full 14 days to go through the first module of the course, implement the lessons, and try your hand at making your own great-looking pieces from steel.

If you dont absolutely love the program, just write in to our team within the two weeks and we’ll issue an unconditional refund.

But I’m confident you are going to love the course, and that you’ll feel the deep sense of satisfaction that only comes from creating something lasting with your own hands.

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What Course Members Are Saying


I'd recommend this course to anyone curious about blacksmithing. The classes inspire you; the private Facebook group is full of encouraging folks. Steps are well explained and you can whip your phone out and review a video as you are working or print information out to take to shop with you. Definitely was well thought out. Any day in the shop is an awesome day.
— Gib Clark

I'm a fairly accomplished welder. I have read about tempering, but could not understand it. Now after our projects in the Essential Blacksmith, I do. After welding for 50 years (farm and ranch) I have incorporated new techniques into my toolbox. I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in metalworking.
— Sam Epperson


I grew up building things with my dad, who was a contractor and plumber. Making things has always been in my wheelhouse. I think the greatest accomplishment for me has been completing the knife; forging that out of 7 inches of round bar is not something that just anyone can do. Then successfully heat treating and tempering it and sharpening it to a near razor’s edge... spectacular. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to try their hand at blacksmithing but didn’t know where to start. I found Scott’s explanations to be very helpful and it was really good for me to work to someone else’s design and technique instead of just taking and piece of metal and beating on it until it became something.
— Scott Adams

I am a rank beginner as a blacksmith, but pretty handy with tools for a 70-year-old lawyer. Realizing that deliberation and patience were critical was a big boost to the learning process, and to my successes. I'd recommend the course to anyone with even a passing fancy to try smithing. The intense reductionist nature of forging clarifies one's mind and leads to equally intense gratification from effort spent. The course just leads the student into the experience, and the experience takes over.
— Dean Kilgore


I worked as an electronics tech for 34 years and am skilled in home repairs and construction (i.e. electrical, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, farming). I took a basic smithing course in 2001 and own all of the basic tools for the trade. Absolutely highly recommend this well organized and produced blacksmithing course. Scott's teaching style is above average as he relates personal experience to the subject with the aid of a wonderful workshop. I recommend a gas forge above all else to get a fast start.
— John Henry Winchell

Before this course, I had glass, wood carving, and jewelry metals (silver and copper) experience, but no blacksmithing experience. My greatest moment was realizing that with skills I have learned, I am now able to reproduce every item that my Granddad made as an artist-blacksmith in the 1920s. I absolutely recommend this course; don't let fear of heat, strength, or materials stop you from taking it. I've wanted to learn this for years, and the online format has allowed me to finally do it!
— Kate Smith


Before starting this course I had done some wood projects with my children. I've never done anything with steel, not to mention blazing hot steel. My greatest moment in this course was when my 13-year-old son picked up a hammer and made his first tool with me. So proud. If you have ever wanted to make, really make things out of almost nothing, this is the craft for you. If you've ever seen a blacksmith or smithing video and thought ‘man that looks like a good time,’ get this course. It will open a world of creation to you.
— Dustin Peckham

My blacksmithing skills were decent but not up to professional standards until I started the Essential Blacksmith course. Throughout the years I’ve been blacksmithing on and off. Lack of motivation followed by failure after failure caused me to start, stop, and start back up again. Nothing ever turned out how I wanted it to, until I signed up for this course. I finally improved my hammer control, learned new hammering techniques, and now I’ve turned my weekend hobby into a side business! I would recommend this course not only to beginner and professional blacksmiths, but also to people who just want to find out what blacksmithing is; that it’s not just a craft, but an art form all in itself.
— Scott Williams


Have questions before joining Essential Blacksmith?
Well, we’ve got some answers for you...

Do I have to follow along each week with you and keep up with other members, or can I complete the projects at my own pace? Is it live with you in-person, or digital and at home?

Once you’re signed up to Essential Blacksmith, you can access the course whenever, wherever you like. It’s entirely digital, and you can complete the projects at your own pace.

If you’re completely new to blacksmithing, it might take you a couple of weeks to get your shop set up, and that’s fine. There is no rushing or trying to hit deadlines in this course (that’s not what the craft’s all about!). We’ll take you through everything you need to get set up and ready, and you’ve got lifetime access, so don’t worry about "falling behind." If you don’t have time right now, the course will be there for you when you’re ready.

I’ve never done anything like this before – can I really learn how to blacksmith without previous experience?

In the beginning, your success as a blacksmith will be more about your enthusiasm and commitment to the training than any kind of technical knowledge. As long as you follow the lessons I’ve laid out for you and practice the skills from each module, you WILL learn to master the fundamentals of this craft.

That’s not to say it will be easy! Some aspects of blacksmithing are immensely challenging… You won’t master hammering without a lot of sweat and some blisters, for example.

Nothing of value comes without work, however… and the only way to learn a worthwhile craft like blacksmithing is to invest the effort up front.

I want to do this, but I’m not sure if I have enough time... my schedule is already pretty busy.

I get it, we’re all busier than ever these days.

But if you have the desire to do this, you can fit blacksmithing in for an hour or two here and there, wherever your schedule permits. I understand the demands on your time, and so with the course I’ll open up a new module of projects every 2 weeks, so you don’t feel rushed. (And you’ll have lifetime access so that you can work at any pace that fits with your schedule).

The videos are created with busy lifestyles in mind. Most are only 7–15 minutes in length, so you can watch them whenever you have a spare moment. And when it comes time to make bigger projects toward the end of the course, they’re broken up into multiple videos. This means you can tackle one step of the project, get on with the rest of your life, and come back to finish it another day.

I don’t have any blacksmithing equipment – how do I find tools that don’t break the bank?

Blacksmithing can certainly seem like an expensive hobby, especially if your only exposure comes from shows, where you see lots of pro-level smiths with fully kitted-out shops.

But when you’re getting started, you definitely DON’T need lots of fancy equipment. Inside Essential Blacksmith, I’ve included a complete Beginner Blacksmithing Tool Guide that shows you exactly what tools you’ll need as a beginner, and where to get them for good prices.

All the equipment I’ve listed in the guide is quality, durable gear that will give you years of steady use, and won’t cost an arm and a leg.

I don’t have a shop setup or tools yet; can I still join now?

Yes, you certainly can. This course is designed for beginners, so it’s completely fine if you don’t have all of your blacksmithing gear in place yet. In fact, the beginning of the course will walk you through the basics of what tools to buy, how to set up your shop, and what guidelines you should follow for shop safety. And since you have lifetime access to the course, you won’t have to worry about spending some time getting set up.

I’ve already read some books on blacksmithing. How is this any different?

Blacksmithing books are great as long as you’re not a beginner.

Though they’re valuable resources, the majority of blacksmithing books assume you’re at least an intermediate smith with a lot of specialized tools in your shop. If you’re not, it can be pretty tough going.

And even if you are more experienced, just reading about a technique can never compare with seeing it performed.

With Essential Blacksmith, I’ve made no assumptions about your crafting skill. If you’re a complete beginner with zero trade experience, so long as you have the desire to pursue it, you’re going to be perfectly comfortable in the course.

The training is laid out in a step-by-step manner so you never feel lost or overwhelmed. Starting in the Pre-course Module, I’ll teach you the most basic, foundational blacksmithing skills… then week by week, I’ll gradually introduce new techniques to broaden your skillset.

The pace of learning in Essential Blacksmith is measured and steady, designed with beginners in mind.

Is there a particular schedule I need to follow in order to be in the course?

No, not at all. The course is entirely self-paced and you’ll have lifetime access, so you can watch the instructional videos whenever you have time, and plan on blacksmithing during the hours you have available in your schedule.

And if it takes a little time to acquire all the tools you need for your starter blacksmithing setup, that’s no problem at all. You can get started whenever you’re ready, and I’ll walk you through what to get and how to set it up, in the beginning of the course.

This all sounds pretty great… but how soon will we start making things?

Essential Blacksmith doesn't just cover the theory you need to complete the projects. From the very beginning, we’re going to be heating up steel and crafting. Starting in Module 1, we’ll dive right in and begin making your first blacksmithing tools: a bending wrench, a set of four bending forks, and a holdfast. The best way to learn a new skill like blacksmithing is to actually do it, after all.

We’ll then move on to crafting four projects you can use in your home, where you can really put your new skills to the test, and we’ll make a few more blacksmithing tools along the way. By the time you complete your final project, you’ll have the foundation for a lifetime of blacksmithing enjoyment.

What’s the return policy?

You have a full 14 days to try the first module of Essential Blacksmith and start trying your hand at blacksmithing. If you decide the program isn’t for you for any reason, simply email us within 14 days and we’ll refund the entire purchase price, unconditionally.

But, based on the feedback we’ve gotten from the students who have already worked through the course, I’m confident you’re going to love Essential Blacksmith.


Still Undecided?

Essential Blacksmith is right for you if...

You’re completely new to blacksmithing and want to learn this craft the right way, with a clear “training roadmap” in place... so you’re never confused and always know what skills to be working on (and what gear to get started with).

You’ve tried blacksmithing before but stalled and didn’t make as much progress as you wanted... and now you feel ready to recommit and finally master the fundamentals.

You’re not afraid to put in the time to learn blacksmithing as long as you know that effort is going to pay off, and put you squarely on the path toward lifelong mastery.

In fact, you’re already spending lots of time on your hobbies… but you’re ready for something more fulfilling that doesn’t keep you cooped up inside, playing on your phone or staring at a TV or computer screen for hours at a time.

You want to learn from someone with years of experience as a working blacksmith and teacher of the craft – a virtual mentor who makes blacksmithing easy to understand and fun to follow along with, even for beginners.

You’re excited about all the possibilities blacksmithing provides, like making your own handmade knives, tools, and other keepsakes… and also making new friends, and creating your own legacy of beautiful handmade pieces.

When you enroll in the course, you’ll get...

  • The 6 core modules with 14 beginner-friendly projects
  • The 5-video Pre-course Module
  • Bonus #1: The Private Essential Blacksmith Facebook Group
  • Bonus #2: Steel Heat Color Wall Charts
  • Bonus #3: Steel 101
  • Extras like step-by-step written guides to making the projects, a glossary of blacksmithing terms, and checklists for buying the materials and tools
  • Plus, you’ll be backed by our 14-day money-back guarantee

4 Payments of


A One-Time Payment of
$ 297

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With a worthy pursuit to focus on, we feel more connected and satisfied in life...

If the idea of blacksmithing excites you... if you can see yourself heating up raw steel and hammering it into shape with complete focus… and if you can imagine the deep pride and satisfaction you’ll feel sharing your creations with family and friends… then I’d encourage you to heed that call and try this amazing craft for yourself.

Because when you’re spending time with a hammer in your hand, forging hot steel…

...It’s not just the metal that’s being sculpted. When you commit to this craft, you will be changed forever.

With every hammer blow, you’ll grow in strength, focus, and confidence.

So if you’re ready, I look forward to teaching you this time-honored craft that just might change your life the way it changed mine.

Thank you for reading and I can’t wait to meet you inside of Essential Blacksmith.

Keep up the good work,
Scott Wadsworth