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The Blacksmith's Craft : A Primer of Tools and Methods - Charles McRaven

The Blacksmith's Craft

A Primer of Tools and Methods

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Published: 24th May 2005
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Blacksmithing is one of the traditional "lost arts" deserving re-discovery by anyone interested in do-it-yourself building and crafting. Creating one's own apparatus from metal enhances wood-working, stonework, building, and restoration work. Traditional builder and historic preservation consultant Charles McRaven shows how practical, simple, and rewarding the forging of hand tools can be. Having discovered blacksmithing himself when he moved "back to the land" in the 1970s, Charles McRaven tells readers all they need to know to set up their own smithies and begin blacksmithing. Over the years, McRaven claims he has made almost every mistake that can be made while perfecting his skills, and he shares this hard-won knowledge with readers in a readable and humorous style. The simple and clear instructions supplemented by the step-by- step photography, show how to build a forge, how to make and/or acquire tools, and how to use those tools to create utilitarian items of lasting beauty and durability.

Preface to the New Editionp. viii
The Pioneer Smithp. 1
Getting Startedp. 11
Coal, Iron, and Steelp. 39
Hammering Ironp. 53
Hardening and Tempering Steelp. 83
Forge Weldingp. 107
Tools for Buildingp. 123
House Hardwarep. 141
Homestead Tools and Repairsp. 171
The Farrier's Craftp. 197
Income from Your Forgep. 211
Prospectsp. 229
Glossaryp. 237
Suggested Readingp. 242
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9781580175937
ISBN-10: 1580175937
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th May 2005
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.49