New York City is offering a six-figure income for a blacksmith

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New York City is offering a six-figure income for a blacksmith
Larry Hagberg was New York City's blacksmith for 30 years until retiring in July. (PBS/YouTube)
He was a skilled craftsman who made many of the city's fences, metal ornamentation and even automobile parts.
Hagberg toiled in his workshop for long hours but earned a six-figure income.
Hagberg even forged his own tools.
His skill is evident in the beautiful metal wreaths he crafted for the city.
Hagberg also forged metal roses out of iron.
Part of Hagberg's workshop, which he is now handing over to whoever the city hires.
Hagberg no longer hones his craft at this workbench, decorated with masks he made over the years.
Hagberg forged the iconic fences that ring many city parks and basketball courts.


New York City is looking for a new blacksmith, no really.

A listing posted on the city's job board shows New York is seeking to replace longtime blacksmith Larry Hagberg, and is willing to pay top dollar to the right person.

Hagberg called it quits this July after three decades on the job, according to DNAinfo. His replacement stands to earn a six-figure income.

The city is offering a $100,752.12 salary to a person who can "forge and shape angle irons, bridle irons, tools and automobile parts" and "repair existing metal structures and fencing, play equipment, vehicles, metal parts of carts, enclosures, sweepers and other equipment as needed."

Amateur blacksmiths need not apply. A successful applicant will have five years of blacksmithing experience in the last 15 years or a combination of more than two years of full-time experience plus significant training as a blacksmith's apprentice, says the ad.

Whoever joins the city's Parks Department has some pretty big shoes to fill after the high bar set by Hagberg.

"[Larry] was a skilled blacksmith and used his unique skills to create ornamental fencing, make repairs, locks and special hinges for historic buildings, latches, basketball hoops, and special sledge hammers," a Parks Department spokeswoman told DNAinfo.

"His metal wreaths also became a fixture at the Arsenal Gallery's annual wreath exhibit."

The skilled craftsman also spoke four years ago to PBS about his work.

"You can take a piece of steel that doesn't want to be moved, you can heat it up in the forge, put it on the anvil under the hammer, it's gonna move the way you want," he said.

"It's gonna do what you want. You can form immovable objects. That's why I like it, I guess."

Hagberg found his way to the city in 1984 after learning to make horse shoes while growing up on a horse ranch. His first job in New York was with the carriage horses that take riders around Central Park.

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