I ran from home at the age of 15 and became a swordsmith and a sword instructor. Also, I'm the Sword's Path on Youtube. Swords, swords, swords. AMA!
My short bio: Hello!
Some redditors suggested that I should do an AMA about becoming a smith, so here it is! If you'd like to know how to start that kind of a business, just shoot me a question and I'll answer!
About me: I was born in a tiny hamlet in the woods of Poland. My stepfather was the village blacksmith and I learned by observing him. When I was 15, I left the village and went to the nearest city to seek a better life. I found work as a helper at various smithing shops and finished my high school, then the university. Faced with little job opportunities beyond McDonald's, I decided to start a swordmaking operation of my own.
My company, AudentiaGuild, makes highly embellished swords, armour and other metalwork.
I'm 26 now. Took me some time getting there!
I also teach sword moves on YouTube - some of you might know me as The Sword's Path. My background as a fencer is mainly in HEMA, but I also trained kendo, kenjutsu and sport fencing.
Here's one of my previous posts, if you'd like to see my crafts! http://imgur.com/gallery/gxuE5
My Proof: http://imgur.com/6cxRljy