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Metal: Forming, Forging, and Soldering Techniques Hardcover – February 2, 2006
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This beautifully illustrated volume will instruct you in the art of metal crafting, providing information on working with iron, copper, tin, and other common metals. First, you’ll be introduced to metalworking tools and machines. Next, you will learn basic techniques for forming and shaping metal objects, as well as forging, welding, brazing, soldering, and finishing. Finally, you’ll be guided step-by-step in the construction of several beautiful and useful objects, including sculptures, wrought-iron fixtures, trays, tables, and other items for inside and outside the home.
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The projects are far more interesting than the very similar "Artisan Welding Projects" (from the same publisher, I believe). The main advantage, is that the author is an artist; he covers some beautiful and downright inspiring projects. Some of his tips on project visualization and layout were useful, too. But it is definitely a beginner level book designed to give you a notion of the artistic possibilities of working with metal.
If you want a comprehensive technical book on "Forming, Forging and Soldering" (n' welding, too) this ain't it. For that matter, a) it won't be $12.99 or even $22.79; b) it won't be crammed into 160 pages unless you're talking tiny-pocket-bible-sized-type and no pictures; c) it won't likely be geared towards the artist, more likely the auto restoration enthusiast, welders seeking certification or the like.
For that level of detail, you'll likely need a small library on discrete subjects. Maybe the Haynes Welding book is for you. For Mig welding, I found the "GMAW (MIG) Welding 1 DVD" sold through Northern Tools' Amazon storefront to be superb. (I'm guessing the rest of the titles are good also, but I can't say.) I'm sure there's a blacksmith's bible or the like, but I can't say what the definitive one would be.
Wooweee. I am so good at procrastinating work. I'm outta heeeeeeeer...
There is entirely too much of the book on tools and how to use them. I already know how to use the tools but I do need more info. on forming metal. I can get a free Sears tool catalog and have tools. I do not feel that it was worth the $12.95+ shipping. I was looking for the "techniques" on how to do the bending, forming, etc. It did not meet my need or expectations.