Originally Posted by c3shooter
As the Master has said- go find a good smith that you can indenture yourself to. You trade labor (sweeping shop, making coffee, dumping the trash) in return for learning how to (fill in the blank).
At one time, that was how everyone learned a technical skill- called master and apprentice.
Important that you exercise some judgment in who you approach. He should not be a dummy, should have a personality that does not resemble a ball of barbed wire, and be capable of showing you what he is doing.
Ah ha that's where I went wrong, my mentor was an old Air Force Gunsmith that had a personality that could scare barb wire, but damn was he Good at his job!