Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead

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Traditional blacksmithing returns to its roots with Blacksmithing for the Homesteader. Here author and master blacksmith Joe DeLaRonde demonstrates the basic skills and techniques needed to make the tools and accoutrements required for life on the homestead or ranch. Detailed and easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs will help the beginning blacksmith set up the forge, get the fire hot enough for welding, and craft the tools needed for blacksmithing. Learn how to forge everything from ...

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Overview

Traditional blacksmithing returns to its roots with Blacksmithing for the Homesteader. Here author and master blacksmith Joe DeLaRonde demonstrates the basic skills and techniques needed to make the tools and accoutrements required for life on the homestead or ranch. Detailed and easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs will help the beginning blacksmith set up the forge, get the fire hot enough for welding, and craft the tools needed for blacksmithing. Learn how to forge everything from weapons and tools-knives, axes, screwdrivers, hammers, and chains-to home-helpers like forks, coat hooks, towel bars, and candle holders, and more!

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"In 135 pages, you can learn to make your own chisels, nails, skewers, pokers, camp sets, chain links and much more. All taught by a guy who studied blacksmithing under a master German smithy, and has his wares in private collections and museums all over the place."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586857066
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 178,396
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe DeLaRonde started his blacksmithing career 35 years ago with an apprenticeship under a master German blacksmith. Following the three-year apprenticeship, Joe performed general blacksmithing, including wheelwright and plow lay work, and finally found his niche re-creating the tools and weapons of the early American frontier.

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CANDLEHOLDERS

Lighting fixtures are a necessity in any home and take many and varied forms. For our purpose here, we will cover the simple table candleholder and wall mount. Again, you are only limited by your imagination as to the design. There are two basic types of candleholders: the socket and the spike.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

1. History of Blacksmithing 13

Facts, Fantasy, and Old Wives' Tales 13

2. Setting Up Your Shop 17

Shop Setup 17

The Forge 18

The Anvil 19

The Hammer 21

Forge and Anvil Tools 22

Accessory Tools 27

3. Shop and Safety Tips 31

4. Basic Techniques 37

Curling 37

Drawing Out 37

Flaring 38

Fullering 38

Heat Colors 39

Punching 39

Riveting 39

Scarf or Scarfing 39

Splitting 40

Twisting 40

Upsetting 40

5. Firing up the Forge 43

6. Forge Tools 47

Handles 47

Hooked Pokers 47

Straight Pokers 47

Shovels 49

Tongs 49

7. Basic Projects: Kitchen and Cooking Gear 53

Hooks 53

Pot Hooks or S Hooks 53

Camp Sets 54

Cooking Utensils 55

Forks 55

Spoons/Spatulas 56

Skewers (Asadas) 57

Trammel Hooks 58

8. Basic Projects: Amenities and Tools 65

Beam Hooks 65

Nails 65

Nailheaders 66

Nails 67

Hinges 68

Latches 69

Gate Hook Latches 70

Sliding Bolt Latches 70

Spanish Latches 71

Norfolk Latches 73

Suffolk Latches 74

Drawer Pulls 75

Drop Pulls 75

Drawer Handles 76

Coat Hooks 76

Towel Bars 78

Candleholders 80

Socket Candleholders 80

Spike Candleholders 81

Fireplace Equipment 82

Pokers 83

Shovels 84

Brooms 85

Hoes 86

Crowbars 86

9. Toolmaking: Basics 89

Awls 89

Screwdrivers 89

Household Screwdrivers 90

Shop Screwdrivers 90

10. Toolmaking:

Forge Welding and Tempering 93

Forge Welding 93

Chain Links 93

Chain Link Hooks 96

Grab Hooks 96

Open Hooks 97

Clevis 97

Tempering 97

Chisels 101

Cold Chisels 101

Tang Chisels 102

Socket Handle Chisels 103

Spud or Pry Bars 104

Cleft Weld to Pry Bars 104

Center Punches 104

Hammers 105

Claw Hammers 105

Cross and Straight Peen Hammers 106

High Carbon Steel Face of the Hammer 108

Adzes 109

Spanish Adzes 110

Axes 110

Mandrels 111

Wrapped-Eye Axes 113

Punched-Eye Axes 115

Felling Axes (Long Polled) 117

Felling Axes (Short Polled) 118

Knives 119

11. Finishes and Patinas 125

Brushed 125

Paint 125

Oil/Beeswax 125

Brass/Copper 125

Pewter 126

Bluing/Browning 126

Potassium Permanganate 126

Muriatic Acid 126

Vinegar and Bleach 126

Ceramic Glazes 127

Resources 129

Works Cited 129

Suggested Suppliers 129

Abrasives 129

Blacksmith 129

Coal 129

Power Hammers 130

Steel 130

Organizations 131

Schools 131

Magazines/Periodicals 131

Miscellaneous 131

Suggested Reading 133

Glossary of Terms 134

About the Author 136

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    Turn old metal into new stuff!!!! Turn yourself it new stuff!

    Very useful, a real third world craft for an America that can't do anything but buy garbage from China. Hold something real in your hand for a change. Do a Man's work for one day in your life, feel what it means to be alive for a change. Bend hot steel to your will! Read the book, then get off the couch and start hammering metal and build the Arms your girlfriend always wanted you to have. Go ahead, your an American you can do anything. A great book

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    Joe DeLaRonde is a Master Craftsman and a very good teacher. Thi

    Joe DeLaRonde is a Master Craftsman and a very good teacher. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone interested in metalwork

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