"Beautiful Iron" by Francis Whitaker is a photographic collection of his works with the metal sizes
and his shop time listed under each photo.
Whitaker is a modern legend among artist blacksmiths. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Dr. Whitaker a 1997 National Heritage Fellowship in the Traditional Arts. This book will give you an excellent panorama of his work. There are pictures on almost every page.
Hardcover, spiral-bound, 185 pps, heavily illustrated.
MY LIFE AS AN ARTIST BLACKSMITH:
"My Life as an Artist Blacksmith" by Francis Whitaker as told to Gary Mansfield has his memories of his time with Samuel Yellin, his two years in
Hardback, 121 pages.
A BLACKSMITH’S CRAFT (The Legacy of Francis Whitaker – A Compendium of Processes, Tools, Patterns):
Some comments on ‘A Blacksmith’s Craft’:
"If you could only have one blacksmithing book, this would be the one." – Clay Spencer
"There is not a better introduction to the art, craft and philosophy of Blacksmithing – inspirational." – Mark McKay
"This book will become the ‘standard’ by which all others will be measured."
"I am thrilled with what you have done for the blacksmithing community."
Francis Whitaker wanted a real reference work this time and this is Volume I of that ambitious project. There is lots of input in these books from blacksmiths all over the place. The sad part is that Francis died before Part 1 was completed but he was very clear on how he wanted it done. He would be very happy with the book.
The publisher will also give a portion of the profits from this book to The Francis Whitaker Blacksmith’s Educational Foundation.
Hardcover, over 800 photos & drawings, 157 pages.