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The Complete Modern Blacksmith

A truly unusual and unique resource, this extremely hands-on book brings together three popular but long-out-of-print classics (THE MODERN BLACKSMITH; THE RECYCLING, USE, AND REPAIR OF TOOLS; and THE MAKING OF TOOLS) essential for anyone interested in the making, repair, maintenance, or arcana of tools. An essential volume in any serious craftperson's library, this book covers setting up a smithy (anvil, forge, hammer, tongs, and all), and manufacturing everything from stone-carving chisels to decorative wall hooks.

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Ten Speed Press (February 1, 1997)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0898158966

ISBN-13: 978-0898158960

Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 11 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #19,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #6 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Metal Work #14 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Sociology > Rural #36 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Industrial, Manufacturing & Operational Systems

Alternative tiles for this book might be, "Blacksmithing for Survival" or, "Gorilla Blacksmithing' or, "Blacksmithing on a Budget"It could also be called, 'Practical Blacksmithing', if about three others hadn't got to the title first.I never met the author, A. Weygers, except through this book. From what I can see he had these characteristics; He was artistic, but didn't suffer from an artistic temperment. He understood technical things but wasn't a nerd. He could deal with machines but also liked people.He also shared one characteristic with me: he scrounged around in the junk heap to find parts to build things.His writing is clear and concise. He isn't snobby or given to obscure terminology. The illustrations in the book, done with pencil by Weygers, are very good and informative.You may be interested to know that Weygers patented a flying saucer. Or, actually, he called it a 'discopter'. It is patent 2,377,835.This book is actually three small books bound as one. There is some repeating in the book because of this. But not much. There is something to learn on every page. The main theme of the book is how to make tools. He shows how to make blacksmithing tools, metal working tools, woodcarving chisels, stone carving tools, gardening tools and other things.He has an interesting discussion about how to drill square holes. I have never seen this information in any other book.He also gets into some artistic items. But he doesn't insist that you become an artist.The most important tool that he shows you how to use is your brain. He shows how to improvise tools by using junk that you find for free or cheap.

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