A Blacksmithing Primer: A Course in Basic & Intermediate Blacksmithing

This is probably the best book for the new blacksmith. This book takes you through a series of exercises that will allow you to make simple objects likeS hooks to forge welding and making door hinges and your own tools and tooling. The author calls it a basic and intermediate course in blacksmithing and he covers all of the bases. No fancy photos, just clear line drawings that convey the concept. Included is a color temperature chart and a color tempering chart that show you approximate temperatures based on the color of the metal. The tempering chart, also in color shows you how to "let the colors run" to get the correct temper for the tool you are heat treating. For example a scribe should be a light bronze color, while a spring would be a good blue coor. An excellent book to invest in.

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