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Smithing in One Hour One Life refers broadly to crafting objects in a Adobe Kiln or Forge. This is usually done with clay, Iron Ore or Gold Flakes as a base material, and requires kindling or charcoal, and a source of fire. Objects that can be made include tools, rails, lock and keys, crowns, dice and bells

Becoming a blacksmith is a long and difficult process, but very rewarding. Creating steel tools is a major accomplishment for a civilization, and will greatly increase your likelihood of survival, pushing your tribe to the next level of existence. Before starting the smithing process ensure you have a steady supply of food.

Smithing is best done in pairs so that someone can keep fires lit and charcoal cooking but it's doable solo if you've got an organized space and a lot of trees and patience. A good way to practice smithing is within the tutorial. One golden rule of any town is to NOT DISTURB THE BUSY BLACKSMITH. Certain in-game objects, such as engines, are absolutely vital to a town's survival, and very few players know how to make them. Entire towns have died out because the village blacksmith was too annoyed to finish an engine and no one else knew how to do so.


Adobe Kiln

A kiln is required in early civilization in order to make bowls and plates used in farming and cooking. It can only be used to fire clay, and can also make charcoal. Adding bellows to a kiln will turn it into a forge.

For instructions on how to construct the kiln, see the main article: Adobe Kiln. Choose a nice open area to place your kiln, away from the main farm so you will have space to work.


Set up[]

Wooden Tongs
Stone Hatchet
  • Kindling: Use a stone hatchet on any branch to get kindling. Place one kindling inside the kiln. Note: An efficient way to collect kindling is to process branches into a smaller form, such as short shaft. Carry a basket of short shafts back to camp, and turn them into kindling when you get back. In this way you can carry three times as much kindling. A goodly stack of kindling will make things easier until you forge a steel axe to harvest firewood.
Wet Clay PlateWet Clay Bowl
  • Wet Clay Plates and Wet Clay Bowls: Use a round stone on a piece of clay to get a wet clay bowl. Hit a second time to get wet clay plate. you will need about 3 of each to start off with. Make sure they are close by, ready to pick up once the kiln is lit.
Wet Clay Nozzle
Wet Clay Crock
Wet Blank Die
  • Extra Adobe: Place one extra adobe behind the kiln, for sealing the kiln later on.

Firing Clay[]

Wet Bowl in Wooden Tongs

Before you light your fire and start burning through kindling, make sure you have all the materials and tools you need. Once you are ready, you can build your fire. Use a Long Straight Shaft on your fire to get a firebrand. Use the firebrand on the kindling-filled kiln to get Firing Adobe Kiln. You must now work quickly, as it will go out after 30 seconds. Pick the wet clay plates, bowls and nozzle up in the tongs and use them on the firing kiln, then put them down and move on to the next one. Prioritize the clay nozzle, and at least one each of clay bowl and plate.


Firing Adobe Kiln Sealed

If you are quick, you will have time to use the spare adobe on the kiln to get Firing Adobe Kiln Sealed. After 30 seconds, when it stops smoking, you can remove the adobe and pick up the charcoal with a basket. Dumping a basket of charcoal on the ground results in a Big Charcoal Pile, which contains three individual pieces of charcoal. You will need charcoal to fire a forge, and to add to create steel. A full basket of coal can be placed back into a forge, but cannot be returned to a kiln.

You will go through a lot of charcoal when smithing. Building a second kiln will speed the process.


Forge with Charcoal

A forge is just an Adobe Kiln plus bellows. You will need to use the kiln to fire a Wet Clay Nozzle for bellows, and to create charcoal before you can make and use a forge.

See the individual page for instructions on how to make a Bellows.

Set up:

Set Up[]

  • Bellows: Add bellows to a kiln to make a forge.
  • Charcoal: A forge uses charcoal as fuel. Charcoal is made by sealing a Firing Adobe Kiln, and can be taken out using a basket. A full basket of coal can be placed back into a forge, but cannot be returned to a kiln.
  • Flat Rocks: You will need at least 1 flat rock in order to smith, but you will find that having at least 3 flat rocks to work with makes the process a lot easier, as hot steel cannot be immediately taken off a rock, which limits the speed you can work at.
  • Iron Ore: Harvest at least 3 iron ore to begin with. Iron ore can be found in the badlands. Wooden tongs can now pick them up while in their stacked form, so it is no longer necessary to lay them out one by one.
  • Round Stone: Set a round stone nearby, which will be used soon.
  • Wooden Tongs: If you used your set of tongs to make bellows, make sure to craft another set.
  • Crucibles: Have any prepared crucibles nearby.
  • Short Shaft: Optional, When making a Smithing Hammer, have a short shaft nearby, so you can immediately combine it with the Smithing Hammer Head and continue smithing to the next stage.
  • Bowl of Water: Optional, for smithing certain advanced steel objects, such as Steel Spring.

Wrought Iron[]

Wrought Iron

Make sure you have all the materials and tools you need. Then use a firebrand on the charcoal-filled forge to get Firing Forge. You must now work quickly, as it will go out after 30 seconds. Pick the Iron Ore up in the tongs, and use them on the firing forge. Set the Hot Iron Bloom down on a flat rock, and hit it with a round stone to get Wrought Iron. Remove the wrought iron to keep using the flat rock.

Wrought Iron is used to make Steel Ingots, and later, can be used to make parts for Newcomen Pump, Multipurpose Newcomen Engine, as well as a Fuel Tank.

Wrought Iron Progression[]

Hitting a Hot Wrought Iron on Flat Rock with a Smithing Hammer will make:

Steel Ingot[]

Steel Ingot

Combine charcoal and Wrought Iron in a Clay Bowl, and seal with a Clay Plate to get Unforged Sealed Steel Crucible. Use tongs to fired the crucible in the forge and get hot forged steel crucible. After 10 seconds, when it turns into Forged Steel Crucible, it can be opened to get steel ingot.

Note: A crucible can also be filled with Clump of Scrap Steel (made from two Broken Steel Tools) or various other steel tool pieces such as Steel Axe Head, or Steel Chisel.

Steel Tools[]

Steel ingot is the basis of all steel tools. You will first need a Smithing Hammer to make the rest of the tools.

Smithing Hammer[]

Smithing Hammer

To make a Smithing Hammer, first fire a Steel Ingot in the Firing Forge using Wooden Tongs, and place on a Flat Rock. Hit it with a round stone to get Smithing Hammer Head. Once it cools down, you can combine it with a Short Shaft to get Smithing Hammer. Smithing hammer is used to smith all other steel tools.

Steel Progression[]

The Smithing Hammer now replaces the stone in the above recipe to craft various tool heads.

Hit the hot steel ingot multiple times with the Smithing Hammer to make different tool heads. If you make the wrong tool head, place it into a crucible to melt down and try again. Hitting a Hot Steel Ingot on Flat Rock with a Smithing Hammer will make:

Most tool heads are combined with short or long shafts to make their respective tools.

Additional Steps[]

Some products of the basic smithing progression may require additional steps (beyond adding a basic handle) which can be seen on their individual pages:



Hitting a gold ingot with a Smithing Hammer will make Crown Blank. Placing Two Gold Ingots together and hitting with a smithing hammer will make Tower Bell. Three individual Gold Ingots can also be placed on a Monolith as part of Oddity.

Crowns can be returned to gold ingots by hitting with a smithing hammer.


Limestone is a material found in the badlands which is used to make cisterns, Plaster Walls, Paint, and tacos. Firing a Bowl of Limestone at a Firing Forge will give Quicklime. Adding a Bowl of Water will then make Plaster.


Copper Ingot

Copper Ingots are made from Malachite and Charcoal, and are fired in a crucible just like Steel Ingots. They are used to make Copper Pot, Copper Foil, and Copper Rod.


Zinc Ingot

Zinc Ingots are made from Calamine and Charcoal, and are fired in a crucible just like Steel Ingots. They are used to make Zinc Rod.


Molten Glass

Glass is made from Glasswort, Limestone and Sand. A Blowpipe can be used to make a bulb for Light Bulb and Coherer.


Hot Adobe Oven

Hot Coals[]

Hot Coals

Multipurpose Newcomen Engine[]

Once the basic smithing progression is mastered, the next tier uses Wrought Iron, Steel Ingot, Copper Ingot and Zinc Ingot to construct machine parts which can be assembled into various tools as listed below. A Multipurpose Newcomen Engine has three attachments with different functions, necessary to build additional machine parts.


Carbon Filament

Carbon Filament requires Firing Adobe Kiln to craft (It was not included above, to avoid confusion).