Blacksmithing is something I am in the process of learning and something I've always had an interest in.
Like many my inspiration was peaked and put in motion from watching Forged in Fire. It was the episode that I first saw Neil Kamimura in that made me start looking up classes, equipment that I would need to get started. At this point my wife and I had already started our journey of land ownership in Hawaii. Seeing Neil on the show, I guess it triggered my love for the Big Island and gave me the drive to move forward and start to learn the craft.
I have taken several classes now and also working on my own to improve my skill.
I plan for this to be an income stream down the road as I learn more and hone my skills.
In addition to a blacksmithing forge I intend to have metal and woodworking capabilities as well.
The extent of which is still to be determined.
More recently I have just about completed my new shop on our land in Mountain View, Hawaii.
I have started developing the land which is two acres in size, we have chickens and turkeys currently and plan for goats and maybe sheep down the road. on the agricultural side I have started planting some trees but intend to plant many, many more to create a "food forest" or agroforestry model to provide everything we need right here from our own land.