THE BACKYARD BLACKSMITH: TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE MODERN SMITH
Author: Lorelei Sims
Publisher: CREATIVE PUBLISHING/QUAYSIDE, Jun 2006
Takes the mystery out of blacksmithing, but not the magic! Features full-color photos of blacksmithing tools, advice on techniques, & step-by-step projects for the hobbysit blacksmith. 250 photos/illus; 8x10 inches, 176 pgs.
There is an increasing interest and revival in the art of blacksmithing as a hobby and art, and both men and women are becoming at-home blacksmiths. Blacksmithing is a simple, rewarding craft anyone can enjoy in their backyard or home workshop -- even beginners can produce useful and beautiful projects on their first try.
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.
* Detailed step-by-step full color exercises teach all the universal skills and techniques used to forge iron; it's like having a master blacksmith by your side
* Provides the reader with an understanding of the properties and characteristics of forging hot metal, making the craft accessible to those without previous experience
* Over 20 beautiful and function projects organized by difficulty level allow new blacksmiths to progress at their own pace and master the skills they learned in earlier chapters
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lorelei Sims is a blacksmith and metalworking artist who specializes in creating hand-forged functional ironworki. She is the owner of Five Points Blacksmith Shop in Charleston, Illinois, teaches blacksmithing classes & workshops, and has been a featured demonstrator for blacksmithing conferences throughout North America.