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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048645276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486452760
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This would probably be a great book for someone who had a green thumb--at least 75% of the projects in this book are meant to be used or displayed in a garden. Examples include plant hangers, garden tools, yard seats, gates, fences, a weather vane, and a wheelbarrow. The non-garden projects include chisels, fireplace tools, and other standbys found in typical blacksmithing instructional books. Blandford's book features many illustrations that seemed to do little more than fill pages.

If your interests weigh towards simple outdoors tools and decorations, then this might be the book for you. The more general smiths, however, would be better off buying Andrew's 'Edge of the Anvil', Weygers' 'The Complete Modern Blacksmith', or even Streeter's 'Professional Smithing'.
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I find this book to be a good supplement to my blacksmithing book collection. I found the text somewhat difficult to read due to the constant site references to the images within that constantly break up the paragraphs and hence the flow of the reading. There is very little technique described within this book, there are nice hand drawn pictures throughout and a few interesting projects, this book is NOT a beginners book. While other books delve deeper into technique and methods this books assumes some working knowledge of a forge and fabrication techniques (See Weygers-The Complete Modern Blacksmith for techniques). There are a good deal of remedial projects like pokers and punches, which include twists and scrolls. There are even some more advanced fabrication projects like latches and gates. While some of the projects are quite suitable to the weekend warrior I would question the need or desire for someone to fabricate a wheel barrow from forged parts. A good gift for the smith who needs some inspiration, but not one looking to advance his technique through reading. Enjoy.
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This book is not about blacksmithing for your garden!!! This book has a lot of useful everday projects and is worth looking into for some great starter projects and learning these projects will carry over into you next more advanced smithing adventure, there are a lot of projects that I would have not considered if I had not purchased this fine book, there is a lot more here than some of the other reviews suggest, this book is well worth the purchasing for the ideas that you can transfer to other builds you are working on!
All in all a thoughtful book I like it.
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This is a pretty basic book and I'm not sure theirs much in here I couldn't figure out if I just sat and thought about it. Maybe some of it might be new to someone who has zero smithing experience, but even a novice should be able to understand pretty much every project in this book. Most "chapters" are between 2 and 5 pages long and have ok quality diagrams.
For future buys convenience I'll list the books table of contents and a brief note about each project:
1 Set of punches and chisels (generally describes how to make metal working chisels and what they should look like
2 woodcutting tools (similar to metal chisels. Really only covers wood working chisels.)
3 garden tools (how to make shovels, trowels, hoes, rakes, crowbars, etc. Most of which is basically "bend metal to desired shape and attach to handle as shown".)
4 plant pot hanger (this chapter covers making a bracket for hanging on a wall and a hanging container for a plant or flower. It also covers some basic scroll work, using a scroll jig, but this is pretty basic and their are much better tutorials on youtube.)
5 plant stands ( more or less the same as above, but standing version.
6 yard seat(unbelievably simple garden/park bench. If you could make the plant pot hanger you should be able to do this no problem.
7 trestles (basically a non-ornate version of the bench that comes in two parts. You may not actually need anyting more then a drill and thin bar steel to do this project.)
8 outdoor table (more of the same scroll work, but if forms a simple table.)
9 glass top table (more elaborate, but similar table with more scroll work.)
10 Pokers (interesting ideas for fire pokers. Neat handles designs and instructions on how to make them.
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great book for info on this topic. good ideas to work from. well printed and nice pictures to clarify text
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The book is as described. It is OK for beginners, someone instructing/teaching smithing or someone who would like basic line drawings of blacksmithing projects.
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lots of drawings that get me thinking of things to make. I wish it had some pictures to go with the projects. not really a how to book, just gives ideas.
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More than I can build in my remaining lifetime. The projects are all good ideas that are varied to challenge your blacksmithing skills.
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