Friday, June 30, 2017

Books For The Blacksmith

Well 4 soggy days in a row now. I have been waiting to go pick up a big load of lumber and building supplies, Looks like Monday now. With time on my hands, showing off a few of my blacksmithing books might bring them to the attention of others seeking instruction literature.


The most notable book above is "Edge Of The Anvil" It has become a smithing classic. If you hammer iron you will want this on your bookshelf. The back 50 pages is a portfolio of Sam Yellin's work, one of the most outstanding smiths of the modern age. Here's a page from his portfolio.


Some of Sam Yellin's beautiful work. Its never been about just horseshoes and plowshares ha ha.

The postscript below is the last page of the book. Some insightful words their.


I have many other books on smithing and forging notable among others is the Alexander G. Weygers 3 book set "The Modern Blacksmith", "The Making Of Tools" and "The Recycling, Use, & Repair Of Tools". A must have , I have seen all three combined into one book recently, forgive me for not remembering who the publisher was.

I have a much larger collection on old forge and foundry work on disc. Much of it is available on the Internet Archive site. When I complete the "Stickley" series, I will upload some of the smaller files here.


In the mean time I have been printing off some of those files on disc and binding them as described in a earlier post. Above are four of my latest bindings. Very nice, a commercially bound paperback has nothing on these diy manuals.