The direction of my shop is any direction that I choose.
By hammer and hand all trades stand. Carpenters / housewives / goldsmiths / tinsmiths / silversmiths / gunsmiths / farmers / farriers / and the list is almost endless required a blacksmith to make their products / tooling. A carpenter couldn't make his hammer or saw or nails a housewife couldn't make her skillet ,pot ,spatula , knife fork and spoons etc. I enjoy making everyday products with or without some sort of embellishment as an added decorative element. I can make hooks all day long and the average husband will walk right on by and never notice. I can figure out how to add a heart shape to it or on it and his wife will not only stop but is more likely to buy it . I get the husbands money anyway. I have made lots of knives in the past too but I felt limited in the styles and functions that I could offer. Most smiths are looking for the thing that makes them stand out and be special. I look for the mundane everyday things than can be and probably will get used. Sometimes in todays fast paced and exciting world ( ORDINARY ) stands out , with a little artistic embellishment of course.
Give out before you give up - if it was easy anybody could do it