A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE–FROM THE BASICS ON METALS, ALLOYS, AND THE METALWORKING PROCESS TO PROJECTS YOU CAN MAKE!
Blacksmithing and metalworking can be easier than you would imagine. This book shows you how–with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, tools, and techniques–blacksmithing can be a rewarding, inexpensive hobby. Using simple instructions and first-rate, detailed illustrations, Blandford makes it easy for the novice to learn this craft, while offering project variations complex enough to challenge even the experienced blacksmith or metalworker.
You’ll learn how to: * use forges and anvils, bellows, swage blocks and mandrels, tongs, and a host of other tools * work with sheet alloys, iron and steel, zinc, brass, tin, bronze, lead, aluminum, copper, and precious metals * cut, shape, form, bend, solder, braze, weld, rivet, harden, anneal, flatten, punch, draw, twist split, loop, scroll, saw, shear, file, drill, hollow-out, planish, mold, and cast all types of metals * make chains and hardware such as nails, catches, bolts, handles, hinges, hooks and latches * create tools like punches, spikes, chisels, crowbars, tongs, hammers, sets, fullers, swages, stakes * make built-up assemblies * apply geometry to the construction of trays, funnels, boxes, cylinders, and more!
Table of contents: Introduction, SECTION 1: BLACKSMITHING Chapter 1: Blacksmithing Traditions Chapter 2: Iron and Steel Chapter 3: Forge and Anvil Chapter 4: Smith’s Tools Chapter 5: Basic Techniques Chapter 6: Advanced Processes Chapter 7: Handles Chapter 8: Easy Tools to Make Chapter 9: Making Blacksmith’s Tools Chapter 10: Domestic Hardware Chapter 11: Decorative Ironwork Chapter 12: Finishing SECTION 2: METALWORKING Chapter 13: General Metalworking Chapter 14: Measuring and Holding Chapter 15: Cutting and Shaping Chapter 16: Drilling and Screwing Chapter 17: Soldering and Brazing Chapter 18: Hollowing and Raising Chapter 19: Casting Glossary Index
Percy W. Blandford is an internationally recognized master craftsman. A full-time freelance journalist and Fellow to the Institute of Journalists, he is the author or more than eighty books, including MASTER HANDBOOK OF SHEETMETALWORK…WITH PROJECTS; and MAKING KNIVES AND TOOLS.