While there is so much information about blacksmithing on the internet and on books today, the untold truth is that in most cases, the information is only theoretical. In fact, it is only a few sources that have accurate and detailed information that can help you to start and mostly it is applicable to professionals.
However, there are books that are passionately written by talented experts aiming at bringing the nerve-wracking skills within your capabilities. With this very detailed contents, your ideas and inspirations are easily turned into a masterpiece.
Though different books have different shortcomings, the pros by far outshine the cons.
1. The Backyard Blacksmith Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith
It has quality content that is written expertly to give you the much needed elementary understanding of blacksmithing.
The inimitable resource has informative eye-candy images that are of very high quality. This ensures that you understand clearly the step by step illustrations that are given in this instructive content.
The author, Lorelei Sims is a lady who is well versed with blacksmithing. She brings out the artistic skills in a comprehensive yet simple way which ensures that one is able to make perfect tools after just a few trials.
It has meticulous instructions and illustrations. Every page inside it is filled with knowledge, facts, and lessons.
The quality of the photographs in it goes unquestioned. Additionally, for beginners in metal art, the book provides practical information for trainees. Actually, in this field, it is all that they need to start.
In as much as it tends to guide the beginner, it, however, sites very expensive tools which may not be very necessary for a beginner or a hobbyist. This makes it ideal for but not limited to pros.
2. The Home Blacksmith. Tools Techniques
While information and art about blacksmithing are rare, information needed to help beginners to start is even rarer. The home blacksmith has been written with a skill to ensure that you have all that it takes to begin.
It gives all the information that is needed in all the D-I-Y tasks.
The author of the detailed resource, Ryan Ridgway, is very experienced, with more than 15 years’ experience in the field of metal works.
In addition to this, he is a writer for various magazines. Consequently, he has remarkable writing skills which are actually a plus. The book, as a result, offers a very solid foundation in blacksmithing.
The books explain the science behind the working parts of the different machines and tools. At this point, the behavior of different metals when heated ensures that the blacksmith is well versed and is able to work informatively with the metals. It also sheds light on how to make various tools in a simplified way that is easy to explain.
Whether you are a pro or you are just a beginner, the content provided perfectly suits you. It is simplified enough to get you started and at the same time ensures that a professional walks away more informed.
3. Forged – A Guide to Becoming a Blacksmith
When it comes to content, it outperforms the competition. It entails so much such as clear information about tool making, how to perform various tasks, step by step guidelines for different procedures among others. As a matter of fact, it has an arsenal of standard guiding principles.
Backed up by expertise, the author gives paramount blacksmithing skills ensuring that all the questions that you raise are comprehensively answered.
The author, Liam, is a very talented blacksmith thus discusses compound and intimidating blacksmithing tasks in a simplified way making them attainable tasks.
He goes ahead to shed light on how you can set up your own shop and even gives tips on how you can maximize on the space that you have however limited.
The ingenious book also makes clear to the reader on the various safety measures that must be taken in order to avoid accidents in the shop.
Having reliable information about the prices of different types of machinery and tools, the book is a close companion for anyone intending to start a shop.
Nevertheless, the length is 162 pages. This implies that some of the myriad tools discussed are just concisely described with abridged descriptions.
4. The Complete Modern Blacksmith
If you want to learn skills such as designing, fixing tools and even other appliances, The Complete Modern Blacksmith is the ideal book that you need. It is divided into three parts.
The first part is The Modern Blacksmith comprehensively clarifies how to create tools.
The second part is Recycling, Use, and Repair of Tools. As the word suggests, this emphasizes on the repair and recycling of old tools with easy to follow step by step procedures. At this point, important moves such as those involved in hammering are explained to help the reader avoid injuries related to wrong moves.
The third part of it is The Making of Tools which gives comprehensive information that is very detailed and specific about making and designing tools.
The author of the meticulous book is very experienced and therefore brilliantly picks out techniques and explains them to the fullest. Being a teacher, his inimitable experience and delivery skills are reflected in this resource.
The book is however old and as a consequence makes some of the guidance and instructions inapplicable in this digital age. As a result, it does not make a very good first book but it is indeed an excellent second book.
5. The Skills of a Blacksmith Volume 1
This is a book that has placed so much emphasis on guiding the reader on how to correctly and use their tools and even how to heat treat them.
In this particular book, the first chapters entail the safety measures of a blacksmith. The author goes ahead to shed light on the edicts and the ideologies of blacksmithing.
With the step by step guide in each and every process, the blacksmith is enabled to perform some of the most intimidating intricate projects with ease. It also explains in details how to make your own tools in blacksmithing.
The images inside are exceptionally clear and very detailed. In fact, it has about 1200 images whose clarity is not an issue.
Some of the arts are however just hinted in this elegant resource. Their details are presented in the second and the third volume of the same.
The book is however ideal for professionals or people with a bit of experience as it lacks some of the very basic skills that may be very important for a beginner. After learning a few skills as a beginner, the book will thereafter be a very good guide to advancing your skill.
6. New Edge of the Anvil
New edge of the anvil is a book that is a comprehensive resource about various metals. It is one of those books which are very inspirational and to the point.
The book has incredible pictures that clearly inform you on the history of blacksmithing. It also has clear pictures, great illustrations, and explanations, table charts among others all attributed to not only getting you motivated but also get you started.
Different processes such as using computers for metal design are discussed in details by the resourceful authors, Martin Rose, and Samuel Yellin.
It is ideal for beginners and recommended to many students by their trainers. This is due to its first part that offers a firm foundation of blacksmithing. However, if you are an expert or at least a bit experienced, the first part of it may sound a little too basic.
On the other hand, the second part of it is detailed and will most certainly leave you more informed and more motivated no matter how experienced you are. It is a bit difficult to read thus demanding patience and persistence from the reader.
Although the book is very informative, it, however, lacks specifics about how some of the things work.
7. The Art and Craft of the Blacksmith
This is a book that has so much information about blacksmithing. It discusses in details so many techniques, blacksmithing tools and even goes ahead to discuss most of the procedures in blacksmithing.
In terms of complexity, the informative book deliberates an arsenal of projects from the most basic ones to the most convoluted ones. This makes it superlative for not only apprentices but also professionals.
It has fine points which shed light on how-to projects which are an eye-opener even for professionals. Beginners are also considered too as it gives applicable basics that are very practical. Actually, it offers enough information to get you started.
With the author being an expert in creating and in design, he distills what he has learned for the many years that he has been in this field. It also has very clear exciting photographs that bring out the tools as they are. Nevertheless, the photographs are at the expense of tutorials as it has a little fewer tutorials.
8. The Art of Blacksmithing
This is an informative book that is written with the simple intention of helping you pick up a new hobby. Much research has been done in writing this making it one that will help you transit from just interest into a leisure pursuit.
It designates equipment to your understanding making which is essential when it comes to starting your first workshop.
The writer is very experienced. Having a strong background in blacksmithing particularly collecting tools, he goes ahead to discuss them in details and with great illustrations.
It, therefore, gives all the history that you need and although the book is very old, it is still very useful.
However, most of the photographs inside are line drawings. This makes it very difficult to interpret and get the actual content especially if one is not familiar with the actual tools. This makes it a little hard to train with especially for beginners.
The art of blacksmithing is cheap as compared to most of the books in the market.
9. A Blacksmithing Primer
Arguably, this is the most informative book about blacksmithing on the market today. As a matter of fact, this is a book that will always remain open in your counter as it entails all the procedures that are performed by a blacksmith regardless of their level of experience. Essentially, you will at all times have something that you want to refer to it.
Whether you are a beginner or a pro, it is written with the expertise to ensure that your comprehension is heightened so that the information is comprehensive and useful to the experts and at the same time does not intimidate the beginner.
Fueled by passion, backed up by expertise, Randy McDaniel elucidates the complex procedures and comes down to the bottom line of the same. It is well organized, with awesome content which is written in an ideal style keeping you motivated to read.
The book is easy to read and has well-illustrated diagrams. It is in itself a collection of many books.
Blacksmith Primer is one of my favorite because it is not only for beginners and interested persons but also for the most experienced blacksmiths. It is a book that will most assuredly not disappoint. In point of fact, it is information that you will read and reread and it will remain a treasure to behold.
From the foregoing discussion, it is clear that all these books have been written expertly by people with specialized blacksmithing skills distilling what they have learned over the years. The authors are also superb writers giving you a chance to benefit from their unparalleled knowledge.
The unique resources are detailed and very informative with excellent illustrations that match the experience. They are as a result close companion to every person that is in this elegant profession.
However, it is imperative to take note that different books are best for specific persons either pros or beginners while others best suit specific tasks. This implies that taking the time to read about the book is paramount.