This set contains the following 3 hardcover volumes:
MASTERING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACKSMITHING (The Skills of a Blacksmith Volume 1):
Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing’ is an expanded collection of course text from the author’s own blacksmith school.
This book represents 120 hours of student learning in a project based home workshop environment. The author leads the student from the basic tenets of blacksmithing through to more complex projects step-by-step.
An emphasis is placed on guiding the smith through making, heat treating and using his/her own tools throughout the book. Each project builds upon the last. The book starts with the laws and principles of blacksmithing and has a good section on working safely within the smithy.
This is a large (8 1/2″ x 11″)hardcover book of 304 pages with 1200 b/w photos! Copyright 2007.
MASTERING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF LEAFWORK (The Skills of a Blacksmith Volume 2):
Mastering the Fundamentals of Leafwork offers detailed, step-by-step instructions on the processes involved in blacksmithing leaves. This information, like that in Volume 1 is an expanded collection of course text from the author’s own blacksmith school and his many demonstrations. Included is information on the related tooling needed to be successful in leafwork and how to make many of the necessary jigs, dies, and tooling.
Mark begins with a leafing hammer and takes you through the necessary tools to form many types of leaves. He then continues his instruction from Roses to Ginko and many more.
This is a large book of over 300 pages measuring 11.25″ x 8.75″ and contains an amazing number of images – over 1300!!
Mark Aspery is an exceptional smith and instructor. You will profit from the knowledge you will gain in this excellent book.
MASTERING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF TRADITIONAL JOINERY (The Skills of a Blacksmith Volume 3):
The third book in this Mastering the Fundamentals series, Traditional Joinery guides the blacksmith in developing the technical skills and understanding required for forging traditional joints. Mark Aspery’s concise step-by-step descriptions complement over 1,600 crisp photographs that take the smith from developing the tooling through to the completed joinery project.
At 368 pages, this book complements the previous two books in The Skills of a Blacksmith series.