The Blacksmiths Manual Illustration

This version is a reprint of the Blacksmiths Illustrated Guide, originally published in 1930. The complete text has been reproduced with new pages on temperature and measurement conversions and safety added to the back of the book.

Originally writen by J.W. Willco, his introduction states:

' I have endeavoured in this book to demonstrate, by drawings and simple text matter, specimens of smith work commonly done, and the best, simple and quickest way to do them. From my own experience, gained at the forges of different engineering works, I have tried to pass on the easiest and best methods of arriving at the finished job.'

Due to the size of this publication it has been broken down into 11 PDF documents. They can be accessed by clicking on the titles below.*

*If you experience any problems opening the documents, please do the following:

  • 'Right click' on the link.
  • Click on 'Save Link Target As' option.
  • Choose a destination on your computer to save the file in e.g. Desktop.
  • Click Save.
  • Open the file from the location in which you saved it.