Blacksmith: Ironworker and Farrier

Overview

A tribute to the skill and ingenuity of a versatile craftsman.
The book explains the role of the blacksmith as hardware maker,farrier and village handyman and explains the methods for fullering, upsetting and welding wrought iron. There are suggestions for setting up a blacksmith shop.

In a lively text illustrated with 160 of his exceptional drawings, Aldren Watson presents a picture of the New ...

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Overview

A tribute to the skill and ingenuity of a versatile craftsman.
The book explains the role of the blacksmith as hardware maker,farrier and village handyman and explains the methods for fullering, upsetting and welding wrought iron. There are suggestions for setting up a blacksmith shop.

In a lively text illustrated with 160 of his exceptional drawings, Aldren Watson presents a picture of the New England blacksmith of the late 1800s, paying tribute to the skill and ingenuity of this versatile craftsman. Includes plans for laying out a blacksmith shop and constructing a forge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320572
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 821,591
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Aldren A. Watson (1917-2013) was an illustrator and designer as well as woodworker. He had written and illustrated many magazine articles and books, including The Blacksmith and Country Furniture, published by Norton. He lived and painted in Vermont and New Hampshire until his death in 2013.
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Table of Contents

1. Prologue 1
2. In the Beginning 7
3. Wrought Iron: Its Properties and Manufacture 15
4. The Blacksmith Shop and Forge Fire 23
5. Working at the Forge 33
6. Hardware and Harness 53
7. Shoeing a Horse 69
8. Wagons, Buggies, and Sleds 81
9. The Blacksmith in His World 93
10. Building a Forge 101
11. Building a Leather Lung Bellows 129
12. Epilogue 147
Appendix 153
A Select Bibliography 165
Index 169
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