The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith

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Hardcover, Crestline, 2009, ISBN13 9780785825678, ISBN10 0785825673

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"The Backyard Blacksmith "shows you how -- with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools, and techniques -- blacksmithing can be easy to learn, and a rewarding hobby. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges, and handles, and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments. Written by an expert in blacksmith and metal artist, this book provides readers with a basic understanding of blacksmithing, including an explanation of tools like an anvil, an anvil stand, hammers, and tongs. Heating techniques like coal forging and fire tending are explained in detail, along with different types of metal like wrought iron, cast iron, and steel. "The Backyard Blacksmith" walks readers through step-by-step, illustrated projects including hooks, door and gate pulls, wall-mounted hooks, knockers, racks, and more. These expert blacksmithing lessons come to life with full-color photography to illustrate the steps and provide a better understanding of the text. With this book, beginning blacksmiths can learn to turn metal from its raw shape into something useful and beautiful to behold.

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Publisher: MBI Publishing Company LLC
Publish Date: Aug 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780785825678
ISBN-10: 0785825673
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 174
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.0 x 8.0 x 0.8
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This book contains a wealth of information for anyone just starting out as a blacksmith. This book will be a go-to reference for many years to come. Overall, it is a fantastic reference resource, but it does have it's flaws. There are quite a few typos throughout the book that should have been corrected by now. Another shortcoming is in the beginner's projects section. The photos are well done, but there aren't enough of them for those of us who like a good visual reference to go along with the written instructions.

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