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Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead [Kindle Edition]

Joe DeLaRonde
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Traditional blacksmithing returns to its roots with Blacksmithing Bacisc for the Homesteader. Here author and master blacksmith Joe DeLaRonde demonstrates the basic skills and techniques needed to make the tools and accoutrements required for life on the homestead or ranch. Detailed and easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs will help the beginning blacksmith set up the forge, get the fire hot enough for welding, and craft the tools needed for blacksmithing. Learn how to forge everything from weapons and tools-knives, axes, screwdrivers, hammers, and chains-to home-helpers like forks, coat hooks, towel bars, and candle holders, and more! 

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Traditional blacksmithing returns to its home roots with "Blacksmithing for the Homestead". Here, author and master blacksmith Joe DeLaRonde demonstrates the basic skills and techniques needed to make the tools and accoutrements required for life on the homestead or ranch. Detailed and easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs will help the beginning blacksmith set up the forge, get the fire hot enough for welding, and craft the tools needed for blacksmithing. You can learn how to forge everything from weapons and tools - knives, axes, screwdrivers, hammers, and chains - to home-helpers like forks, coat hooks, towel bars, candleholders, and more!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7277 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7C4RRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,378,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The title gives a fair reflection of the book's contents: the requirements of a simple forge are discussed, materials next, then a run-through of basic forging and tool-making techniques, followed by a couple of dozen sets of instructions for `homestead' (farmstead?) ironwork.

Colour photographs are used to show tools used and finished work; diagrams are used throughout the book, as is appropriate for an instructive manual, better conveying the methods being discussed.

The instructions are quite clear and the diagrams well drawn but a little small; some relevant diagrams are overleaf from the instructions referring to them. It is likely that anyone wishing to follow instructions while forging would need to write them out in a vertical or bullet-pointed list alongside larger copies of the diagrams.

The book is US-centric in writing style, references and the blacksmithing techniques advocated; having said that, there are many ideas in it that will be of use to blacksmiths anywhere. For anyone past the beginner's stage of blacksmithing, it is a book worth having both out of general interest and for the patterns and ideas it contains.

But, it is unlikely to find itself ranking with Jackson's or, still less, Parkinson's book as an essential text for beginners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book for a beginner 5 Feb. 2012
By Kc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the third book that I have purchased so far on blacksmithing. Not bad for a little inspiration and ideas for things to make. But if you actually want to learn something I would defiantly find a different book. In the summary on the back of this book it talks about the "Detailed and easy-to-understand instructions" that the author uses in his book. I believe that these instructions are the least detailed I've seen so far.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Blacksmithing 29 May 2009
By E. C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a good book for basics/beginners. I found it quite helpful but
it was somewhat lacking in some aspects (nothing much on forges: building,etc.) otherwise a great little book and worth the money.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money.... 13 Aug. 2009
By BootLeg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're looking for a minimal beginners book that doesn't really give enough information to even get you started, then buy this book. Otherwise, avoid it. There are other books on Amazon that are much better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information and easy read. 17 Nov. 2013
By Edward L Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Easy to read, but the illustrations are not always oriented with the text. But other than that, good information and explanations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner's book 4 Feb. 2014
By James S. Cundiff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I got this from the library and was very impressed with it. As someone who is just starting out, this gave me much needed info. I will now buy this book to keep in my library.
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