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.