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The Blacksmith’s Craft
A Primer of Tools & Methods
Charles McRaven
ISBN: 1-58017-593-7
247 pages.
$ 19.95
Discover the practical simplicity of blacksmithing. Setting up your own forge and crafting everyday items is easier than you might think. Charles McRaven, and accomplished blacksmith, guides you step-by-step through the process of building a simple forge from recycled materials, acquiring or crafting the basic tools, and learning the techniques to get you started in blacksmithing. McRaven, who began smithing out of a desire to make his own tools for building and restoring hewn-log homes, demonstrates his simple methods in easy-to-follow photos throughout this book. Working under his tutelage, you’ll find yourself encouraged and confidant that you, too, can create items of lasting beauty and durability from iron and steel. Projects include: Circular pot rack Ornamental hinges Traditional door latches Nails and hooks Fireplace poker and tongs Decorative andirons Hand-forged tools




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