The Fundamentals Of Blacksmithing eBook

02/27/2016

The Fundamentals Of Blacksmithing eBook

 

Introducing… The Fundamentals of Blacksmithing eBook

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It is clearly written and illustrated for novice blacksmiths. This is not a series of projects to try your hand at. It is a series of techniques that build on each other to develop your skills as a blacksmith. The techniques can be incorporated into larger projects as you master them.

Included are plans for a small coal forge, and a small gas forge.

Please be aware, you use any information in this book at your own risk!

Smithing itself has inherent risks with it. Open flame, hot metal, bits of metal flying around just to name a few. As we all know, anything rewarding has a certain amount of risk to it. Take precautions and you can develop an excellent hobby.

Smithing has seen a new dawning age in the past few years. It is a hobby that both men and women are taking up and some are turning it into a new career. It requires a smaller budget to start than many other pastimes, and can (at least in the beginning) take up a smallish amount of space.

The guide is broken down into chapters that roughly follow the Basic and Intermediate Smithing Courses. Nothing replaces one on one instruction in the finer points of this craft, but if you are looking to test the waters in this ancient art it is an excellent place to start.

A sampling of chapters are:

Safety
Tools
Tapering
Shouldering
Scrolling
Drawing out
Hot Punching
Forge Welding
Tool Steel
Hand Forged Knives
Heat Treating ….. and much more!

You will learn:

  • How to build and maintain a proper coal fire.
  • The basic tools you wil require.
  • How to taper, and shoulder.
  • How to twist and make scrolls.
  • Effective drawing out and hot cutting.
  • Hot through punching, and splitting.
  • How to upset a bar, and make leaves.
  • Forge welding and making tongs.
  • How to work with tool steel and how to make hand forged knives.
  • and many other tips and techniques.

The Fundamentals Of Blacksmithing eBook also discusses elements of design of a project such as balance, movement, flow and tension.

With these basic techniques you will save hours of doing it the hard way, trying to re-invent the wheel. There are many ways of reaching the same goal in it. Some are just faster and easier than others.

If you have developed an interest in it and are trying to decide to jump in or not the book guides you through shop set up and what to watch out for and how to save money. One the great things about it is that you can make many of your own tools. You reap the benefit of learning skills when you make a tool as well as just paying the low cost for the steel.

All of more difficult projects are based on these fundamentals. In process you design your finished piece on paper and then decide what techniques you will need for each element. Develop skill with that technique on sample pieces then build your project.

Sounds simple and really it is. The only catch is that it takes time!

This guide acts as a good refresher course for those who have done some smithing but may have gotten a bit rusty on some techniques. Included is a resource section which will help you locate hard to find items.

You will find smithing a rewarding and surprisingly relaxing hobby. I have had many retired folks take it up as hobby for the combination of the physical activity, the rewards of producing something beautiful and useful, and it helps to keep the mind sharp as you are always trying to figure out the next project.

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