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Position: Texas Renaissance Grinder

  • At the Dragon Forge Experience our Grinders are the backbone of our operation. Every knife that gets forged will pass through your hands. As a grinder, you will be the keeper of quality, the master of sharpness, and the key to our patron's smiles.

  • If you have an eye for detail, skill with grinding equipment and a passion for sharp knives, we want you!

When & Where?

  • The Texas Renaissance Fair runs from October 12th- December 1st, every Saturday and Sunday and Black Friday. The faire is open from 9am - 8:00pm, but staff will need to be on site by 8:00am and will work until close, plus clean up.

  • The faire grounds are located at 21778 Farm to Market 1774
    Todd Mission, TX 77363 site 3EF

  • Camping is available at the fair campground at an additional price.


  • Grinders will make a competitive hourly rate plus split tips. We find that smiths with an outgoing personality tend to make a pretty decent amount in tips.

  • The job and pay will be based off of a 10 hour work day, two days a weekend. This is a not a salary position, so smiths must show to be paid. There is a lunch break and two 15 minute breaks during the work day.

  • Grinders are encouraged to network with our guests to offer them additional services and full lessons outside of the fair. DFE is not interested in offering lessons or classes in the area outside of what we currently do. This is a great way for our smiths to gain additional commissions and students, and increase local sales throughout the year.

Expectations & Information

  • Training: There will be a set training day(s) for all new hires. This will give us an opportunity to set our expectations, practice our grinding processes together, find our flow, and see each other personalities.

  • Breaks: Grinders will be given a 30 mins lunch break and two 15 minute breaks per day. Lunch is not provided, so pack a lunch or be prepared to purchase food from the food courts.

  • Work load: It is expected that Grinders will be able to handle running a 2"x72" efficiently to keep up with forged knives and they will be sharp and oiled. Ability to cross work as a Blacksmith will add to your consideration as that will help with scheduling breaks for the Crew. If you can't do that now, it's okay - we will get you there.

  • Safety: Safety is important and Grinders are expected to wear eye, ear and lung protection when operating the equipment.

  • Clothing: All Staff will be required to be in full period clothing for the duration of the work day. Outfits are subject to fair review. DFE will pay for one maroon colored shirt and black bottoms. Shoes must be acquired by staff on their own.

  • Sobriety: all Staff must show up sober and remain sober throughout the work day. We have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drug usage during work hours due to the nature of our work and insurance policy. 

  • Legal Papers: All Staff will be considered contractors and will fill out 1099s as well as sign a non-compete with DFE. This will not limit your ability to practice as a blacksmith in your area, just within renaissance fairs and similar festivals or any event we book at.

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