How to become a kitchenware maker: Dan's story

I found maths really interesting back at school and that's definitely helped us whilst running our own business.

  • Dan was a chef and now runs a kitchenware business called Pareusi with one of his friends, Justin
  • While a chef, he started making his own knives
  • They decided to set up their own business
  • Dan liked maths at school and that's been useful in many ways: doing the company accounts, ordering correct quantities of materials, dealing with customer orders, taking measurements etc.
  • Dan and Justin learnt a lot about themselves and how to work together and collaborate. Both have different skills which make the business work.
Dan forging a knife on an anvil with his hammer

Dan's career path

Dan's career path

What to expect if you want to be a blacksmith/metal worker

  • Salary: Variable ranging from £15,000 to £30,000
  • Working hours: Average 40 hours per week
  • Entry requirements: Training with an experienced blacksmith and learning the craft on the job as an apprentice. Some experience in welding, metalwork or art and design may give you an advantage when looking for a trainee position or starting your own workshop. The British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) has details about training and work experience. Creative Choices has more information about working as an artist blacksmith

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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