Blacksmithing Techniques & Projects


101 Things You Can Build From Horseshoes



Easy instructions with lots of ideas to make items like a file folder rack, plant stand, towel rack, coat hangar, hay feeder camp stool, mug tree, shelves, and so much more.

33 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 (Spiralbound Paperback), 150 illustrations 

Item #: BK50

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ABCs of Blacksmithing, The


Examples, Step-by-Step

An excellent new book from Blue Moon Press translated from the German version with some updated information and tips! The clear explanations as well as the detailed photos and drawings (over 500) are in the typical Blue Moon style.

This is a step-by-step approach for the beginner and provides the expert with new different ideas on how to approach the projects. It is nice to see more step-by-step books appearing!

199 pages, (Hard cover), 532 photos/drawings

Item #: BK781

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Anvils in America


A great reference and research book for people wishing to know more about anvils around the world. You will understand more about the anvil then your own hot iron.  It is an extensive and impressive research piece covering how they were made, who made them and where. There are dozens of old anvil advertisements and hundreds of pictures of anvils with explanatory text.

Richard defines the 17 distinct parts to an anvil.  He discusses weights of anvils and how they were marked.  He also discusses how to date an anvil and the reasons for so many anvil patterns and types.  Discussion on material and manufacturing process are well covered.  This book is a must for the blacksmith and the collector.

550 Pages, 8 1/2 x 11 (Hard cover)

Item #: BK93
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Art of Blacksmithing, The


A beginners book that shows how many household items, as well as, knives, horseshoes, iron grills, rifle barrels, barrel hoops, and much more were made.  There is also some information on the makings of arms and armor.  This is a great guide for the restoration enthusiast.

 428 pages, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 (Hard cover)

Item #: BK157

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Art of Engraving: A Book of Instructions


Unlike so many so-called "instruction manuals", The Art of Engraving does not assume you know anything about engraving. You start at the beginning by learning to draw scrolls and layouts, then cut practice plates until you are sure enough of your ability to actually proceed to designing a pattern, transferring it to a gun and cutting it into the steel.

Every gunsmith, gun lover or craftsman - no matter what his other calling - has the soul of an artist. This personal, creative urge can be easily directed into the highly renumerative field of gun engraving through the coaching, no-nonsense instructions and technical support in  Hundreds of original engravings, designs and layouts by the author (plus samples from other master engravers) to explain specific points and techniques. Much of the original work is intended for you to copy and transfer to your own guns to create an engraving job you can be proud of having done.

208 Pages, 9 x 11.5 (Hard cover)

Item #: BK739

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Artist Blacksmith: Design and Techniques, The


The Artist Blacksmith is the essential handbook for anyone interested in bringing a creative, contemporary approach to this ancient craft, and for those already hooked who want to improve and expand their skills.

Topics covered include: the range and use of tools and materials; fundamental blacksmithing processes; working at the anvil, drawing down, bending, upsetting and spreading, hot cutting, punching, and finally, twisting and joining.

Illustrated with over 200 diagrams and photographs, The Artist Blacksmith will provide an introduction to the beginner and valuable information for the more experienced smith looking to expand their workshop.

160 Pages, (Hard cover)
Item # BK721
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Backyard Blacksmith - Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith, The


The Backyard Blacksmith takes the mystery out of blacksmithing, but not the magic... There is an increasing interest and revival in the art of blacksmithing as a hobby and art, and both men and women are becoming at-home blacksmiths. Blacksmithing is a simple, rewarding craft anyone can enjoy in their backyard or home workshop-even beginners can produce useful and beautiful projects on their first try. This book is easy to read! The photos are excellent.

184 Pages, 8 x 10 (Paperback), 250 photos/illustrations

Item #: BK763

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Basic Blacksmithing

Harries and Heer

Excellent modern book, showing how to make blacksmithing tools, and then how to use them to make other tools, such as a sickle, saw etc., as well as how to set up a workshop. This book's strength is the use of drawings rather than text and, being aimed at aid workers in the Third World, it is an excellent beginner's manual. Some of the materials and processes shown are unusual but the information is very good. Heavily illustrated.

127 Pages, 6-3/4 x 9-5/8 (Softbound)

Item #: BK181

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Basics of Style for Artist Blacksmiths


This is a classic and much sought-after German blacksmithing text which was translated into English in 2002 by Rudolf Baum. Please see Metzgers' two other books we offer: Classical Techniques of Hand Forged Iron, and Pattern Book for Artist Blacksmiths.

144 pages, 8.5 X 11 (Soft cover)

Item #: BK756

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Beginning Blacksmithing One Mississippi Journeyman's View


This is one of Heaths great books.  It contains everything for beginning blacksmithing, as well as, some wonderful projects like crafting a Kentucky long rifle.  A great book that is down to earth and is even hand bound with thousands of illustrations. Heath teaches the basics of blacksmithing, forging techniques, hardening and heat treatment, leather bellows construction, simple instructions on how to forge weld, and the history of iron smelting.

425 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 (Softbound)

Item #: BK186

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Bent Ironwork


Reprint of Hasluck's 1902 book.  This book focuses on bending and working strip iron, using only an anvil, hammer and pliers to help create floral arrangements, hall lanterns, table lamps and much more.  Includes 269 line drawings.

160 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 (Softbound)

Item #: BK184

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Blacksmith and His Art, The

J.E. Hawley

This is the story of blacksmithing, considered by many to be the "king of the Crafts". Smithing fathered the metal working industry, which we take for granted today. It is a story about an art which was recognized as an equal of other great art forms.

It contains pictures of some of the world's finest iron-art, and relates where countless other examples may be seen. It also shows modern day creations, which demonstrate that there is still a place for beautiful hand forged art objects in a 20th Century. It offers aid and inspiration to the growing number of persons who are looking for a vehicle of self-expression-a vehicle developed and nourished during thousands of years by art-craftsmen around the world.

176 pages, illustrated, 8-1/2 x 11 (Soft cover)

Item #: BK720

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Blacksmith Craft The Legacy of Francis Whitaker, A - Vol. 1


This is a revision and expansion sequel to "The Blacksmith Cook Book" by Francis Whitaker.  Francis realized he had not addressed the beginning smith in his first book and that their was so many more things he wished he had put in the first book.  He starts with discussion on lighting a coal fire and expands from there and contains a helpful index, as well. The Blacksmith Craft is a "must have" for blacksmiths of all levels of expertise! A large percentage of the proceeds of this book go to the Francis Whitaker Foundation: helping blacksmiths all over the country.

157 Pages, 8 x 10 (Hard cover), 800 photos and drawings
Item #: BK734
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Blacksmith Shop and Iron Forging


A beginner's book on the basics of forging that contains many subjects ranging from tools to techniques.  It leads the reader through some more advanced techniques of forge-welding pipe, hooks and more. Blacksmithing is the forging of iron with simple tools and this book is somewhat unusual in that it deals with industrial blacksmithing, rather than equestrian. Shows what you need for equipment, how to do it and instances of what you can make. Great Book! Well illustrated.

96 Pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 (Paperback)

Item #: BK202

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Blacksmith, Ironworker and Farrier, The


The roles of the blacksmith as hardware maker, farrier, and village handyman are vividly portrayed in the lively text and exceptional illustrations.  Methods of fullering, upsetting, and welding wrought iron are clearly explained; as well as, the construction of latches, ice tongs, chains, and a wealth of iron fittings.  For those who would like a forge and bellows of their own, there are designs for laying out a blacksmith shop and constructing a leather bellows and forge.

171 pages, (Paperback), Illustrated

Item #:BK723

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Blacksmith: Blacksmithing Fundamentals, A


CD of Book

Heritage blacksmith Don MacKay, was inspired by a lack of blacksmithing books dedicated to the beginner-where important elements are taken for granted because they forgot what it was to be a beginner. MacKay stresses the importance of using sound ageless technique without the need for modern tools. Section 1 covers the Aspects of Blacksmithing, such as shop set-up, blacksmithing tools, building a forge, fuel and design and looks at three shops that predate the 20th century. Section 2, Techniques and Procedures, delves into hammer technique, heating principles, forge welding including a new technique of forge welding: the round scarf. Section 3, has 21 progressive lessons with photos and articulate descriptive step-by-step instructions. Section 4, References, brings together essential information ranging from forge welding flux recipes from the 1800's, tables on metals, etc.

CD allows you to print out pages of the book for separate use.

192 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 (CD of Book #: BK795)

Item #: CD795

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Blacksmith: Blacksmithing Fundamentals, A


Heritage blacksmith Don MacKay, was inspired by a lack of blacksmithing books dedicated to the beginner-where important elements are taken for granted because they forgot what it was to be a beginner. MacKay stresses the importance of using sound ageless technique without the need for modern tools.

Also available on CD (CD795). This is handy for printing out pages and projects!

192 Pages, 8-1/2 x 11 (Paperback)

Item #: BK795

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Blacksmithing Instructors' Guide


Sixteen lesson plans with teaching advice. Designed to help skilled blacksmiths train others in forge techniques. Uses easily obtainable equipment and scrap metal to produce tools like hoes, sickles, hammers and axes. Outlines a comprehensive approach to teaching with illustrated lesson plans and key points to emphasize at each stage of demonstrations.

67 Pages, 6-3/4 x 9-5/8 (Softbound)

Item #: BK182

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Blacksmithing Primer, A


Originally written, illustrated and self-published in 1998, "A Blacksmithing Primer" quickly became a much sought after instructional/resource book on forging metals. Both total novice and experienced smiths have gained valuable insight into forging from this book. Many schools are now using it as their forging textbook. In this new second edition, one change was the new color covers and moving the all color tempering chart to the inside back cover and another was the new auto-bind binding. A new binding technique that still allows the book to lay flat for easy access without damaging the book or binding.

You can order the almost 6 hour long DVD set from us under DVD's. Item #: DVD4 

174 Pages, 8-1/2 x 10 (Paperback)

Item #: BK206

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Blacksmithing Projects


24 projects for novices and experts include door latches, garden tools, tables, fences, weather vanes, and more. A book of ideas and suggestions, rather than an instruction manual, this volume features 80 figures and includes lists of materials, step-by-step instructions, and suggestions for variations in design.
This is a reprint of 24 Blacksmithing Projects, Tab Books, Blue Ridge Summit, 1988.

144 Pages, (Paperback), B&W illustrations

Item #: BK995

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