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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Books,US; Revised edition edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780785803959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785803959
  • ASIN: 0785803955
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.6 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A close-up look at the historical craft of blacksmithing features more than five hundred illustrations that demonstrate how blacksmiths worked and how they created everything from knives to horsehoes to rifle barrels.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Cowley on 25 April 2011
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The writer clearly has no - or very little - experience as a blacksmith. The style of instruction, for want of a better word, is simpy 'do this' or '... is then done using...' Had he actually done what he is writing about there would be more depth of instruction as well as tips of things to avoid doing. The historical parts are questionable too. Overall it seems that he has just gone to a few older reference books for his information, never a good idea for anything that claims to be useful for instruction.

If you want to understand how blacksmiths work, want to be instructed well and want the book to be clear, logical and progressive buy Peter Parkinson's 'The Artist Blacksmith.' Better still, get his DVDs. All are superb.

If you want a more historical perspective and to know exactly how everyday things were made by a smith, there are old books free online from the British Craft Council and similar organisations.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 19 Nov 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those works that gets overlooked, but is a must for writers aside for anyone wanting more information on metal working and smithing. I especially recommend this as a foundation for anyone wanting to know more about forges in the Middles Ages and a prep for understanding how swords and armour were made. This is a starting point, but also a wealth of information I have not found elsewhere.
Beaton's book starts with a discussion about the Blacksmith. Quickly moves on to the black metal. He discusses the set up of the Blacksmith shop, then into a more details coverage of his tools, tricks and techniques. Once he has that established he go into rich writing how how the metals are formed. Especially helpful, is the home utensils chapter, a back to basics that will be invaluable to writer. Also handled are iron decorations and winds up with weaponry.
This is a must for period writers. You cannot get a better study of this subject. It will add so much to your writings to fully understand the role of this very vital master of the trade who kept people safe and provided them with the means of defence, right down to the care of horses that were so valuable to a man's very life.
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This book was bought as it is considered a 'classic' in old style blacksmithing, whilst a text book and American to boot (not the usual English style?) it has been written by somebody who loves his subject and seems very knowledgeable in it! Additionally it is written in an easy to understand manner that makes you want to go out and start heating iron! But first some more research I think, mostly from this book!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar 1998
Format: Hardcover
Everything you need to know about the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths including blueprints and plans for numerous end products, how to set up a shop, build a forge, etc. Over 400 illustrations.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2002
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This is a "collector's guide" to forgework; an amateur's impressions from outside the craft. Much of the content is simply incorrect.
It's an interesting read, but only if you already know enough to see the errors.
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