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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: paladin Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610045777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610045773
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Z. Williamson on August 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Clearly and concisely written with simple, clean illustrations. It covers shop safety, setting up a smithy, selecting tools and equipment, troubleshooting errors, and concludes with a section of exercises on making your own tools and household items--small hammers, tongs, chisels, punches, hooks and holders. When done with the exercises, one will have a very good grasp of the basics of metal shaping.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crazypyper on August 31, 2012
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I studied with the author for many years. This monograph is all that one needs in order to get started in blacksmithing. I use this book as a companion in my own smithing classes. The illustrations are very clear and the writing is to the point. I highly recommend this book to all. The author is a master of his craft and also a selfless teacher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on April 1, 2013
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This is a very good blacksmithing book with plenty of basic projects and essential information to get novice blacksmith going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Franco on January 8, 2013
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It is OK, but it is to general. Most of the info can be accessed for free on the internet.
Examples: 1) good - defines what each type of process is. Bad: no material (steel) chart with recommended temperatures for various processes. 2) good: mentioned that the temp of the material can be "read" by the color of the material at any given time, bad: no color pictures to exemplifies, just a description of the color.....

I would recommended for beginners, to get the basic info in one place, but as soon as you past that stage, is basically useless.
I would not recommended it to use if you actual want to start doing blacksmithing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Floyd Olson on January 4, 2013
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a good book for a beginner or intermediate smith.Very good illustrations of what certain smithing procedures should look like in the finished state
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