|This article is about an older version of DF.|
Metal Crafter is a skill associated with the metalcrafting labor. Metalcrafters make metal craft goods, goblets, flasks, chains, toys, instruments, hives, pots, jugs, nest boxes, wheelbarrows, minecarts and coins at a metalsmith's forge. The skill is also used to stud objects with metal. As well, metalcrafting is necessary to make constructions out of metal blocks.
Most metalcrafting jobs use 1 bar of metal; the only exceptions are wheelbarrows and minecarts, which use 2 bars. Making crafts produces 1 to 3 crafts (of random types), depending on the skill of the metalcrafter. Making flasks or goblets always produces 3 items. Making coins produces a single stack of 500 coins. All other jobs produce a single item.
Because there are some metals, like Iron, Silver or Gold, which have a high value and occur in large deposits, metalcrafting is a good way to create high value trade goods quickly. Studding pieces of furniture with multiple decorations by a skilled metalcrafter is also a good way to create furniture with very high value for outfitting the rooms of nobles. Also see gem setting for another good way to improve furniture.