The Home Blacksmith

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The Home Blacksmith

Tools, Techniques, and 40 Practical Projects for the Home Blacksmith

Author - Ryan Ridgway, DVM

Beginner's Guide; Step-by-Step Directions & Over 500 Photos to Help You Start Smithing

If you are a beginner blacksmith—or an experienced smith looking for a reference or to expand your knowledge—The Home Blacksmith is the perfect place to start!

Geared toward answering the many questions that new blacksmiths often have, author Ryan Ridgway hopes to fill the void of inaccessible information for aspiring blacksmiths with this comprehensive volume. By explaining the physics of moving metal, the different styles of anvils and forges, and alternative fuel sources, Ridgway sets his book apart from less detailed volumes. With 40 practical, easy-to-follow projects, The Home Blacksmith shows hopeful blacksmiths how to make tools, such as hammers and chisels; farm implements, such as gate latches and hoof picks; and items for home use, including drawer pulls and candle holders.

  • 40 complete projects help you follow along with every process
  • Step-by-step instructions from werewolf knights and mummy pawns to coffin rooks and Frankenstein bishops
  • Over 500 photos of metalworking and understand the behavior of heated metal and how it moves
  • Learn the science is an instructor, award-winning carver, and president of the Catawba Valley Wood Carvers
  • Set up your shopsafely and economically, learn how to salvage steel, and learn about the essential tools you'll need
  • Explore the evolution of blacksmithing around the world and the differences between the tools specific to each region

Softcover, 7 x 9, 224 pages