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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (7 Aug. 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486227898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486227894
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Kingston on 20 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
If one reads the Editorial Reviews you will see what is contained in this great little book. I was going to make a full list of what is include but they have given a good but brief summary so I will just add to it slightly.
The book is divided into three main sections. The first is Tools and Metalworking Processes. This section is 52 pages long and has what I believe to be excellent drawings of the tools required and gives drawings of the processes like Hollowing, Raising, Chasing and Etching to name a few. Section 2, at 110 pages, is called Projects with Processes and here Kronquist outlines a series of items to be made giving simple yet clear explanations of the relevant steps taken. In this section he makes a 1 Quart Pitcher, a Mail Box, a Fluted 9" Bowl, a Beaker, Serving Tray and an assortment of other items. The third section is devoted to the projects. In this section he gives us a series of drawing with dimensions for small items. They are mainly composed of items of Tableware, Cigarette holders, Coasters, Tea Strainers and Jewellery Boxes to name some. He then includes a small secion of 4 pages with finishes that can be applied to the various metals used. There is a couple of finishes each for Aluminium, Brass, Copper, Pewter and Silver. The book is then completed with a Glossary.
This book is aimed, I believe, at people who are interested in crafting as a hobby or the person who is wanting to get into this as a hobby. I do not believe it was aimed at practitioners of metalwork who are already true Craftsmen so do not be confused by the title.
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If you want a history lesson then this book is okay. If however you are seeking a book that will provide you with lessons on metalworking then look elsewhere. It's not current and whilst the basic skills don't change, it does not provide useful instructional information.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Kergon on 13 Jan. 2011
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I bought this to extend my knowledge, I am a beginner. want to make sculpture etc. i can already solder and do a little bit but skills are either rusty or non existant. however this book does the trick. It is charming and simple. gives just enough bites of information on each page. although at first glance the projects seem outdated, you will be surprised that the skills used are exactly the sme today as when the book was originally written. of course the book cannot help one source materials but the internet is an excellent tool for this. I will cherish and use this small manual...to be kept in my workshop at all times.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Good Coverage of Metalworking Basics 13 Jun. 2004
By Mark A. Kingston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If one reads the Editorial Reviews you will see what is contained in this great little book. I was going to make a full list of what is include but they have given a good but brief summary so I will just add to it slightly.
The book is divided into three main sections. The first is Tools and Metalworking Processes. This section is 52 pages long and has what I believe to be excellent drawings of the tools required and gives drawings of the processes like Hollowing, Raising, Chasing and Etching to name a few. Section 2, at 110 pages, is called Projects with Processes and here Kronquist outlines a series of items to be made giving simple yet clear explanations of the relevant steps taken. In this section he makes a 1 Quart Pitcher, a Mail Box, a Fluted 9" Bowl, a Beaker, Serving Tray and an assortment of other items. The third section is devoted to the projects. In this section he gives us a series of drawing with dimensions for small items. They are mainly composed of items of Tableware, Cigarette holders, Coasters, Tea Strainers and Jewellery Boxes to name some. He then includes a small secion of 4 pages with finishes that can be applied to the various metals used. There is a couple of finishes each for Aluminium, Brass, Copper, Pewter and Silver. The book is then completed with a Glossary.
This book is aimed, I believe, at people who are interested in crafting as a hobby or the person who is wanting to get into this as a hobby. I do not believe it was aimed at practitioners of metalwork who are already true Craftsmen so do not be confused by the title. As such I think this is an excellent book for a person starting out for it gives you some simple projects that include dimensions and if you follow the instrucions you will build up a set of skills to tackle the projects of your own imagination. There are the big brothers to this book on the market and I have reviewed some but there is nothing wrong with this book and it should certainly be considered.
I therefore recommend it to others and I'm very pleased it is in my collection of books on working metal.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Its a Dover reprint Duh! 28 Mar. 2006
By PTSideshow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It has become somewhat of a mild shock to me how many people do not understand that Dover is in the reprinting biz. This is a old school style middle/high school sheet metal or general metal text book type. It covers a basic overview of the tools and the steps to use them. Other than updating some of the tools for soldering ect. It is pretty much the same as you will get out of the latest glossy high tech photo book on the same subject. The only difference being that the projects are retro which is hot now so that style is in. The projects are the same type we had in school in the 60's and 70's Most of the hand tools, hammers, stakes and punches and pitch bowls haven't changed. I myself have and still use stakes and hammers that are seventy and eighty years old. I own it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Metal Smithing 28 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for the $ if you are specifically interested in the art of metal smithing. It has many varied projects with the pattern layouts and explanations on how to make these items. I was however looking for a book more comprehensive on many other facets of metal working. This book is incorrectly titled.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's not a bad idea book 1 Oct. 2010
By An Average Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you know the basics of working with silver, it's worth the $10 to add this book to your shelf. This, like most Dover books, is a low cost idea book. It is well illustrated with sketches and chock full of project ideas. It's not a perfect book, but it's a great book to get ideas for silversmithing projects.

The format is to present a project sketch and how to make it on facing pages. The projects include pitchers, trays, and cups along with some misc projects like napkin clips. There is also an appendix full of thumbnail sketches of various other project ideas.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Old School Metalwork 13 Sept. 2007
By Metal for Life - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Found this book gathering dust on a local library shelf. There are a lot of books out there on new processes and procedures in reference to Metalworking. This is one of the older texts that is well worth reading because it revives some of the past processes that have recently been forgotten. Example, how to etch aluminum - not many new books even give aluminum any coverage. And there are projects for pewter. Remember pewter? Easy to work with and shines like chrome? No modern jewelry books even mention pewter in their index. Anyway, this book is worth at least what you pay for it.
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