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The Complete Modern Blacksmith Paperback – February 1, 1997
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It could also be called, 'Practical Blacksmithing', if about three others hadn't got to the title first.
I never met the author, A. Weygers, except through this book. From what I can see he had these characteristics; He was artistic, but didn't suffer from an artistic temperment. He understood technical things but wasn't a nerd. He could deal with machines but also liked people.
He also shared one characteristic with me: he scrounged around in the junk heap to find parts to build things.
His writing is clear and concise. He isn't snobby or given to obscure terminology. The illustrations in the book, done with pencil by Weygers, are very good and informative.
You may be interested to know that Weygers patented a flying saucer. Or, actually, he called it a 'discopter'. It is patent 2,377,835.
This book is actually three small books bound as one. There is some repeating in the book because of this. But not much. There is something to learn on every page. The main theme of the book is how to make tools. He shows how to make blacksmithing tools, metal working tools, woodcarving chisels, stone carving tools, gardening tools and other things.
He has an interesting discussion about how to drill square holes. I have never seen this information in any other book.
He also gets into some artistic items. But he doesn't insist that you become an artist.
The most important tool that he shows you how to use is your brain. He shows how to improvise tools by using junk that you find for free or cheap.Read more ›
To set the record straight, this takes "the modern blacksmith" and adds a couple few small books to it, content about making scissors (not as easy as you would think), woodworking tools, amateur machining, and little giant power hammers. This book is profusely illustrated, great for the visual learner. I found the illustrations to be clear to follow and aesthetically pleasing. Especially when you consider that the author/illustrator was practically blind, it is kind of amazing.
If your into salvaging things from the scrap yard, this is for you, I think the world could use a little more Red Greening up anyways.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a great fan of Aleander Weygers many years ago when I was employed "in the trade" in Carmel Valley. I've had the first two books since... forever. Read morePublished 10 days ago by MO JOE
Three of the best blacksmithing books ever published combined into one volume.Published 1 month ago by Stagesmith
I teach beginner blacksmithing courses, and I love this book, but I don't recommend it for beginner blacksmiths. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teaching Blacksmith
Excellent book. Very well qritten. I learned more in these 300 pages than i could have learned in a lifetime of trial and error.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my nephew. It was on his Amazon Christmas list. If he's happy, I'm happy.Published 1 month ago by Melanie
Who needs to buy tools when you can make your own! This book has descriptions on how to make the most common tools you will use to make just about anything you need. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dave Larrabee
Bought with the intentions of picking up a new hobby, but the illustrations, clear, easy to understand descriptions and bits of history interspersed makes it an interesting book to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Magill