The Blacksmith's Craft

This book, first published in 1952, aimed to meet the needs of craftsmen, technical schools and apprentices training at the time. Today this book continues to be a valuable resource for those studying and working in the blacksmiths craft.

The skill of the smith has been faithfully recorded in sequences of still photographs married to brief descriptive captions. The sequences are arranged in lessons which should not be difficult to follow if text, drawings and photographs are carefully studied. 

Some of the methods shown and described are not the only ones possible. In such cases the variation has been carefully considered and the methods chosen have been those which seemed best for the beginer. As they gain experience, smiths can develop theit own varitions of the technique.

Due to the size of this publication it has been broken down into 5 PDF documents, they can be accessed by clicking on the titles below.*

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