Blacksmithing is one of the traditional ?lost arts? deserving re-discovery by anyone interested in do-it-yourself building & crafting. Photos & illus; 7x9 inches, 256 pgs.
* A complete instructional guide to setting up a smithy & getting started in practical blacksmithing
* More than 200 step-by-step photos & drawings accompany the beginner through each lesson
* Projects include nails, knives, chisels, prybars, broadaxes, fireplace pokers, pot racks, & much more
Charles McRaven discovered blacksmithing when he moved ?back to the land? in the 1970s and shares his knowledge in The Blacksmith?s Craft. Creating one?s own tools and instruments from metal enhances woodworking, stonework, building, and restoration work. In his readable and humorous style, McRaven tells readers all they need to know to begin blacksmithing.
Simple and clear instructions, supplemented by 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 items of lasting beauty and durability.
This book belongs in the reference library of everyone interested in traditional American building crafts and culture, as well as those practical folks who want to make and repair their own metal tools, household items, hardware, or farm equipment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charles McRaven's interest in and passion for black-smithing evolved concurrently with his work building stone walls & restoring hewn-log homes, as he sought to make his own tools for these jobs. He is the author of Storey's Building with Stone, Stonework, The Classic Hewn-Log House, as well as a revision of the late Alex Bealer's classic The Art of Blacksmithing, and numerous articles in magazines, such as Country Journal and Fine Homebuilding.