Description : This vintage book contains a complete guide to blacksmithing and steel working, with information on all aspects ranging from the correct use of tools and shop equipment to repairing cogs and making a gun. Highly accessible and profusely illustrated, this timeless handbook will be of utility to novice metalworkers and would make for a worthy addition to collections of allied literature. Contents include: "The Smith", "There are Smiths and Smiths", "Intemperance", "Incompetency", "Religion", "A Modern Guild", "Taxation Will Never Raise the Standard of a Mechanic", "Literature", "The Shop", "The Anvil", "Coal Box", "Tool Tables", "The Hammer", "The Sledge", "How to Make a Hammer", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on metal work.
Description : Colonial Wrought Iron is a photographic survey of early wrought iron work in America with 506 photographs from the Sorber Collection. The colonial period in America was centered around the blacksmith who was the maker and creator of these items. The informational text explains the characteristics and the conditions of the period in which the iron was forged. Colonial Wrought Iron is an invaluable resource tool for the blacksmith involved making reproduction hardware and related items, as well as an inspiration for merging form and function. In this book you will find the commonplace and the ornate but they all reflect the hand of fine craftsmanship. The work displayed in Colonial Wrought Iron is from the collection of Jim Sorber. Jim, now in his eighties, has been an avid collector for 70 years. This collection is a result of a life steeped in an enduring appreciation for the skills of his ancestors. Even as a child he was interested in their hand tools and the wonderful things they made. That interest soon grew into a passion. A unique aspect of Jims collection is that it reflects a certain ethnic influence. Much of his collecting has been done near his home in the counties of Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery and Schuylkill. This area has been settled by German immigrants since the mid-to-late 17th century. Jims collection, many pieces of which are signed and dated, reflects an iron chronicle of the Pennsylvania Dutch migration westward from the Philadelphia area.
Description : Following on the heels of Goddard's hot-selling "how to" book, "The Wonder of Knifemaking", this new book expands on the author's popular column in "Blade" magazine to show knifemakers of all skill levels how to create helpful gadgets and supply their shop on a shoestring. 75 photos.
Description : This unique annotated bibliography lists nearly 300 books on the art of blacksmithing. It is divided into four parts: Practical Blacksmithing, Specialized Areas of Blacksmithing, Historical Background of the Profession, and Products of the Forge. Part 1 deals with the technical side of blacksmithing: the texts, manuals, and courses aimed at teaching the basic processes. It includes reference books on the materials of blacksmithing and on metallurgy. Part 2 presents the more specialized and advanced processes of blacksmithing, including ornamental ironwork, farm smithing, industrial forging, and bladesmithing. It also includes materials related to pattern-welded Damascus steel. The listings in part 3 deal with blacksmithing as a literary and historical subject. The primary focus of these books is on the traditions, lore, and descriptions of the trade. In these books the processes, tools, and products are of only secondary importance. Part 4 lists books that treat the products of the forge, a wide-ranging area that covers everything from tools and utensils to architectural works. A special feature of this section is a chapter emphasizing individual smiths and their works. The book also contains two indexes, one an alphabetical listing by author and one an alphabetical listing by title.