NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City is looking for a blacksmith.
The job pays about $100,000 a year, but it’s not for everyone, as CBS2’s Dave Carlin found out firsthand.READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter
John Fitzgerald is one of the city’s dozen blacksmiths working for the parks department. Now, there’s a new slot open.
“Yes, we’re hiring another blacksmith,” his supervisor, Ricci Lawrence, said.
Carlin tested his skills and tried making a basketball hoop from rolled steel cut down to 58 inches. Rolling the rod into a hoop proved to be a test he failed.
Fitzgerald: “That’s a bad pass.”
Carlin: “Did I mess that up?”
Fitzgerald: “I think so.”
Carlin: “That’s a terrible basketball hoop. I’m not going to get this job.”READ MORE: NYPD: Man Shot Inside Union Square Subway Station
But his oval-shaped hoop could be hammered into shape.
Carlin: “Do you get out a lot of your aggression this way?”
Fitzgerald: “I have no aggression.”
That’s because he loves his job, with its city benefits and pension, and taking home about $100,000 a year. Every day, sparks fly.
While Fitzgerald welded the basketball hoop, Carlin stayed back and visited some of his colleagues.
The job entails so much more than basketball hoops — for example, the blacksmiths are creating the iron beams that hold together a loft space on park’s property. City blacksmiths also make railings and fences, but they never get anywhere near a horse. Different workers, called farriers, handle the horseshoes.
Someone highly skilled will land this sought-after blacksmith job – maybe a sculptor with wild welding skills or someone currently in a construction field.MORE NEWS: Exclusive: CBS2 Cameras On Hand At Unannounced Security Screenings At Troubled New York City High Schools
Anyone fired up to join Fitzgerald and company, get your application into the city by October 30th.