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Post time 2007-6-1 11:35:16 |Display all floors
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Post time 2007-6-1 12:00:27 |Display all floors
Well, maybe not a story. "Smith" is supposed to be old German, referring to craftsmen of different types. You see it in goldsmith, silversmith, shoesmith, locksmith, etc.

"Black" refers to the metal iron, which is black compared to metals like silver, lead or tin which were white, copper which was reddish, and so on.

In those times, people had limited understanding of materials, and the names they gave may sound strange today.

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Post time 2007-6-1 14:44:53 |Display all floors
Originally posted by xunjing_0 at 2007-6-1 11:35
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perhaps they were blackend with soots...............

so blacksmith........
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Post time 2007-8-10 22:13:24 |Display all floors
Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.

His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.

Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.

And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.

He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson pray and preach,
He hears his daughter's voice,
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.

It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his haul, rough hand he wipes
A tear out of his eyes.

Toiling,--rejoicing,--sorrowing,
Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.

Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought.


As a hobby "Blacksmith"  the term originates in the fact that the smith was a worker of Iron, the "black metal" as opposed to the "white" metals such as Silver and Tin.   Also they used charcoal or coal in heating and melting the metal....and at the end of the day were "black"

The word "Smith" is much older and dates back to a prehistoric German word meaning "worker" or "craftsman"

Hope this helps....
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