Accepted 28th June, 2020


Of the four elements: air, earth, water, and fire; Man stole only one from the gods. Fire! And with it, man forges. Up till today, blacksmiths are known for forging iron. Blacksmithing, as a very old trade, mystified and inspired the people of Ile-Oluji, for years. With the ability to craft tools from raw metal, blacksmiths gained respect within the community as talented artisans. Though books are written on Ile-Oluji, but little is heard about her cultural activities. As such, this article illustrates, and as well reviews books to bring out the developments of blacksmithing in the ancient town.


Keywords: Blacksmithing, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State