Author Mike Cardiff and illustrator Pat Cardiff are identical twins. Mike developed his early blacksmithing technique working with Harry Evans and Dave Wooters at the Tidewater Foundry in Easton, Maryland. He then studied under Ken Schwarz, whom he credits with truly starting him on his career in blacksmithing. Mike later worked for several years in Colonial Williamsburg as a production smith. Working within the Society for Creative Anachronism, Mike found an ideal environment for expanding his skills while providing an appreciative audience with accurate reproductions of medieval period tools, weapons, and utensils. His Damascus steel swords and knives are especially sought after by discerning blade collectors and edged weapon enthusiasts.
When he's not painting landscapes or providing cover paintings and illustrations for books, artist Pat is usually designing, carving, and throwing boomerangs. Pat's boomerangs are crafted to resemble a wide variety of subject matter, with a strong emphasis on accurately portrayed wildlife. His boomerangs have been featured in galleries across the nation and are used in competition by throwers in the United States and abroad.
Well written, I thought the sketches were much better than photographs could be. I showed it to my metalsmith sister and she was impressed.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a good read but ther are books out there with more history. I still intend to keep thi book for my shelf.Published 16 months ago by Aaron Auchmoody
This book seems to be more about the authors ability to draw, than to blacksmith. Its extremely basic, and all of the information can be found elsewhere in better books or free on... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Curucahm
This Covers the basics,
But it doesn't really go into how to make anything cool
Something fun to read, but get a army manual or a pyro book
they're REALLY COOL!!!