Game of Thrones sparks interest in blacksmithing among young adults

Game of Thrones sparks interest in blacksmithing among young adults

Game of Thrones sparks interest in blacksmithing among young adults

Updated 19 September 2017, 13:10 AEST

A profession diminished due to mass production, it seems the art of blacksmithing is seeing a modern revival thanks to the fantasy television show Game of Thrones.

Once a pillar of society, it is rare to find many professional blacksmiths plying their trade in modern society.

But it seems the age-old art of blacksmithing is seeing a growing interest off the back of popular television series Game of Thrones.

The Artist Blacksmiths Association of South Australia's Brian Dreyer says the fantasy series has sparked an interest in young adults wanting to try it for themselves.

"We have a lot of younger teenagers in particular who have been watching a lot of Game of Thrones and things like that, and have their own interests in what blacksmiths might be able to do," he said.

"The number of younger people we have coming along and wanting to learn how to make weaponry is quite interesting.

"We do not actually teach them that, but we do teach them the basic blacksmithing skills; beyond that is up to them."

Looking for a creative outlet

A vital profession in years gone by, the ability to shape hot iron has since captured the imagination of many as a hobby, rather than a job.

"The profession certainly suffered a lot during the Industrial Revolution and then mechanisation," Mr Dreyer said.

"Back in the 1800s, if you wanted basically anything made from metal, you had to go to your local village blacksmith.

"That obviously died away with mass production, and now we are seeing this recreation of more of the artistic interest."

And it was this creative aspect Mr Dreyer believed was attracting more people.

He said he had seen a significant influx in those wanting to try their hand.

"We have had to train 40 people in a basic blacksmith course this year alone, so that is showing a definite increase in interest," Mr Dreyer said.

"There are not many things that we are allowed to play with that involve fire and hot metal and to make a bit of a mess."