Blacksmithing as a job, or just a hobby? Start Blacksmithing: In this Instructable I will show you how to start up a foundry of your own. Link to post Share on other sites. Your budget will directly determine the quality of the items that you’re able to purchase. I've got a one day course this Saturday, and a local community lab has the equipment to do blacksmithing ( a gas forge and two anvils ). This thread is archived. While hobby smiths do not need high levels of mechanical knowledge professionals and those with machinery do. This item is particularly suitable for smaller projects like riveting, flattening, silversmithing, forging, and forming metal.