on 10 June 2007
This truly is a exceptional book, weather you are a competent smith or just starting in the craft. It explains various projects ranging from easy hooks and the like to more complex items. Shows how to build a forge and tools, gives everything you need for starting out or to pick up some more knowledge. Filled with humorous quotations and knowledgeable advice from McRaven's own experience. Plenty of pictures showing step-by-step processes from each task. A great read for what ever your purpose.
If you like informal instruction then you will probably like this book. It is not a training course in the art of blacksmithing. The author weaves an appropriate amount of humour into his teachings. Having been involved in similar engineering work since I left school, I would say that most of the instructions are of a basic nature; no doubt some people would prefer to discover the boundaries of working with metal by chance rather than have every little nuance spelt out for them in advance. A nice book by a seemingly nice man.