Saturday, September 23, 2017

"Blacksmiths Craft" And "Build A Rocking Horse"

Two books today, one for the smith working on his (or her) smithing skills, and one for the woodworker looking for information on a nice Christmas gift.

The first one "Blacksmiths Craft" was first published in 1952 by the UK's Rural Development Commission. This is an excellent little book for the smith working on developing his skills. Lots of step by step photos for making various hardware, and good info. on equipment and operation of the forge. I liked it so much I printed off a copy, and bound it for the shop. If you are learning the craft this is one you need on your shelf (or storage device).

You can download "Blacksmiths Craft" on my Books - Free Downloads page. #21 - 13 MB - pdf


For the woodworker looking for info on a nice gift for a child or grandchild a rocking horse is always a popular item. " Build An Heirloom Rocking Horse" by John M. Linck is more of a promotional item for the plans available on his site, but it does include complete build documentation as well as info on the history, tools, and methods of building rocking horses. You can buy measured plans from the links at the back of the book. But if you are like me, there is enough info for the resourceful woodworker to build the horse without the measured plans.

You can download "Build An Heirloom Rocking Horse" on my Books - Free Downloads page. #22 - 13 MB - pdf