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Under the spreading chestnut tree. . . forging a point

The Village Blacksmith The classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




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Donald Trump talking to would be apprentice.  Blacksmiths get the best women.
Why do you deserve to be my apprentice, Ashton?

Well, Mr. Trump, I'm dedicated, driven and I understand business.

Business? No, No. . . . I'm looking for an apprentice blacksmith.
I want to pass on my knowledge.

Really? YOU? Is there money in blacksmithing?

Come closer,
(whispering)     Blacksmiths get the best women.



Blacksmiths also need to be trained in business. Most blacksmiths are self employed and do everything themselves. That means needing to know how to calculate shop costs and make estimates that don't lose money. Many modern blacksmiths are in the same boat as "starving artists". The reason being the lack of basic business and accounting skills neither of which are taught by art, craft or trade schools (unless your "trade" is accounting).
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