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The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith Turtleback – June 1, 2006
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"The Backyard Blacksmith" shows you how blacksmithing can be easy to learn, and a rewarding hobby (with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools, and techniques). Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges, and handles, and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Rocky Forge Blacksmith Guild
Ms. Sims is an artist and blacksmith who specializes in creating hand-forged functional ironwork. Her public art commissions include the Omaha Botanical Gardens in Nebraska, Lincoln Log State Historic Site in Illinois and Fordham University in New York. In additional to teaching blacksmithing classes and workshops, she has been a featured demonstrator for blacksmithing conferences throughout North America. She is the owner/operator of the Five Points Blacksmith Shop in Charleston, IL since 1993.
Folks, this is a get-your-hands dirty lady and in this book she shares her experience and expertise in the subject matter, but probably more importantly, has the ability to pass on just how it is done.
The Backyard Blacksmith will show you how, with some patience and working knowledge of metals, basic tools and techniques, blacksmithing can be easy to learn and a rewarding hobby. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges and handles and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such as letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments.
In all over 20 projects are organized by difficulty level allowing new, novice or hobby blacksmiths to progress at their own pace and master/reinforce the skills they learned in earlier chapters.
The book is also sprinkled with safety and other tips and techniques.
If you are a beginning, hobby or want-a-bee blacksmith, this book should be read cover to cover several times.
Ken Scharabok, Poor Boy Blacksmith Tools
I recently had the opportunity to work in a blacksmith shop, but I had to do so alone, as the former blacksmith had moved on. Hence I purchased several books to learn of their ways.
I was very interested in this book for one just because it was written by a female blacksmith, something I found to be unheard of, as I never in my life saw a female blacksmith working any forge I ever encountered. I felt that I had to have this book over all others as it would give me not just knowledge of blacksmithing, but a woman's point of view on it, which I felt could be very enlightening.
I could not have been more correct. This is so far the best book I have purchased on blacksmithing, and I have purchased 8 here through Amazon. This book is very well written, depicted, laid out, and explained. I loved the mixture of some of the history, and more so the insight of the craft. For example a simple account of how you will keep getting burned, I laughed over for some time, and yes, so far, I have gotten burned twice. Yea, I'm a newbie, read the book, you will laugh and only then really understand this statement. Also how the Blacksmith bug will bite you and you know it has if scraps of iron start to almost call out to you, grabbing your full attention since as you look at it, you depict in your mind all the things you could make that piece into.Read more ›
I currently work as the blacksmith at a historical farm in extreme North Utah, and in addition to the work itself do presentations to school groups (pre-schoolers thru university) and others. This book has provided me with several means of approaching the info I discuss, and quoting Ms Sims (as I very often do), has proved to be VERY useful. Think there'll be a volume II?????????
R M Young
American West Historical Center
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Covers all the basics you need to get started. Provides guidance on fire control and designs for making some basic tools. Good illustrations and descriptions. Read morePublished 4 days ago by K. Trsek
I can't wait to try some of the techniques shown in this book. Loads of good info for the new blacksmith hobbiestPublished 6 days ago by neil shattuck
I gave this as a gift, but the recipient already had it. I returned the item without any hazzle.Published 18 days ago by Ole
I received this book along with several others, when I purchased a used forge/anvil set-up. In a somewhat sexist way, I chuckled when I saw a smithing book by a female. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristofer LaKey
Thank you for this backyard blacksmithing book. I got this for my brother in law who is interested in doing some blacksmithing as a hobby. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Len Pope