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The Smithy
Blacksmith Blacksmith
&middot All craftsmen who work with metal in the burgh are members of the Hammerman's guild.
&middot Silversmiths, goldsmiths, blacksmiths and armourers are all Hammermen.
&middot A blacksmith makes goods such as tools, cooking utensils and horseshoes.
&middot The Hammerman's guild ensures that its members are trained correctly and that their work is of a high enough standard and fairly priced. The guild also looks after any members, and their families, should they die or become ill.
&middot All the other burgh crafts have a separate guild to look after them.
Blacksmith's Apprentice Apprentice
&middot To become a blacksmith, or a craftsman of any kind, it is necessary to serve an apprenticeship.
&middot A blacksmith's apprentice works for his master for 5 years, earning only bed and board.
&middot After 5 years, an apprentice must forge a master piece for the Hammermen's guild to judge. An apprentice is only allowed to enter the guild if the guild decides his work is of a high enough standard, and he pays a fee.
Window Windows
Some houses have wooden shutters, instead of glass, to cover the windows.
A blacksmith's workshop
Roof Roofs
Only roofs on very important buildings such as churches are slated, others are thatched.
Blacksmith's sign Blacksmith's sign
Most craftsmen and women do not sell their goods in a shop. They either make goods to order or sell their goods at the market. Hammermen make all things made of metal. Baxters make bread. Fleshers deal with meat. Cordiners make and mend shoes, and Websters weave woollen or linen cloth. All craftsmen must serve an apprenticeship and join a guild before they can operate.

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