Showing posts with label blacksmithing books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blacksmithing books. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Blacksmithing Instruction

So while we are in the smithy here are a couple of books I converted to pdf from my word files a while back.

The first one "Blacksmithing-A Manual For School And Shop" by Selvage And Allton is an excellent instructional manual, with clear step by step instructions for 48 smithing operations,heating work, fullering, forging tool steel etc. The second section deals with information on the shop and equipment of the smithy, and the last section has tables useful for the smith. Published by The Manual Arts Press in 1925, this is a nice clean copy.

To download click Blacksmithing-A Manual For School And Shop. 3 MB - pdf

The second book is "Blacksmithing" by James M. Drew, published in 1947 by The Webb Publishing Company. If the wide availability of this one on line is any indication, this one is a classic. The emphasis is on farm work and in the process covers a wide variety of smithing work.

To download this clean small manual click Blacksmithing - Drew. 3 MB - pdf

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Intermediate Blacksmithing

So here is a nice little book on intermediate blacksmithing. Published by FAO (Food And Agricultural Organization), it gives step by step information on forging your own tools while giving the student the opportunity to advance his blacksmithing skills. Good information on materials and development of different skills.

You can download "Intermediate Blacksmithing" on my Books - Free Downloads page. # 30 - 4 MB - pdf

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Inexpensive Basics For the Novice Blacksmith.

To get started with some free downloads for various workshop interests, here is a great little book and a picture and idea compilation for the novice smithing enthusiast who does not have a lot of money to get started with this hobby.

The first one is a book published by Intermediate Technology Publications, "Basic Blacksmithing With Local Materials". This book was intended for the advancement of these trades in developing nations where materials and funds for these activities can be a challenge. The book is clearly written and illustrated with step by step methods for making your own tools and the different operations involved in shaping metal. There is good information on the use of salvaged metals and there properties. The goat skin bellows and hearth forge probably will not be of much interest, but the next compilation has some inexpensive ideas for these. And yes all the work demonstrated is done on a RR anvil.

The next file, "Scrounging Metal And Survival Blacksmithing" is a compilation of  pictures and ideas gathered and assembled from around the web. Some of the pictures are more entertainment than useful. It was many years ago so I can.t remember where I downloaded it from, and the file gives no indication of its source either. In any case it covers some inexpensive forges and sources of materials, the back half has lots of good info on basic metal shaping and forge work.

These two files contain all the basic information a novice would need to get started, inexpensively. both of these files can be downloaded on the free download page at this link. Books - Free downloads

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.