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
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.
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192 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 (CD of Book #: BK795)
Item #: CD795