When I first started getting really into handtool woodwork, I realized if I learned basic blacksmithing, I could make my own handtools, so I set out to make all the tools I'd need to turn the trees I fell at the farm into heirloom quality furniture. I forged a drawknife, a carving axe, several carving knives, chisels, an adze, splitting wedges and made my own shavehorse. Check out those videos on my channel. Green woodworking, and riving green wood for furniture is an important skill to learn because it teaches a lot about wood grain, wood movement, and why wood "acts" the way it does. Becoming a blacksmith was just a means to an end for me, and another step towards sustainability and self-sufficiency on my homestead. I'm incredibly thankful for the instructors and facilities at Pratt Fine Arts Center for the opportunity to learn forging and metal work. If you're in the Seattle area, be sure to check them out- http://www.pratt.org
See the video below!