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New Edge of the Anvil: A Resource Book for the Blacksmith a Resource Book for the Blacksmith
by Jack Andrews
The tenet of this book is provide a tool for artists/blacksmiths and metalworkers. It tells how to work metal: heating it, cutting it, upsetting it, drawing it out, twisting it, forge welding it and shaping and assembling it. It tells about metallurgy and tool making, metal finishes and corrosion, sources of information and supplies, charts and guidelines for many tasks. ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by SkipJack Press
(first published September 1994)
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I didn't actually read this all the way through, but I have flipped through it and read quite a number of pages. I find it to have a lot of simple to understand instructions and good knowledge on the tools of the trade. It doesn't however really have all that much on how to complete specific projects. But amongst the several different blacksmithing books I have looked at, this is one of the best. About 1/3 of the book is simply pictures of blacksmithing work, and not really in great enough ...more
Updating this to 4 stars. Spent more time with this, and in addition to the clear and practical descriptions of working steel, the discussions of metallurgy and tempering are both practical and enlightening. He discusses many of the common tools and techniques, although it is too brief to delve into details. I would like more discussion of carving and figurative work, but that would need a book in itself. Andrews is a bit of a purist, preferring to do everything at the forge when quite a bit is ...more