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The Art of Blacksmithing [Hardcover]

Alex W. Bealer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Nov. 29 2009

With more than 500 illustrations, this book is perfect for craftsmen who want to set up a blacksmith shop, and for lovers of history and craft alike. This book describes and illustrates the equipment and techniques developed in more than six thousand years of working iron by hand.Indeed, this unique book covers every aspect of a fascinating and little-known art, the fundamental craft on which the civilization of the Iron Age was built.


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Alex W. Bealer was an advertising executive in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was a collector of old tools, an expert on old crafts, and a skilled woodworker and blacksmith.  He is the author of The Art of Blacksmithing, Only the Names Remain, The Picture-Skin Story, and The Successful Craftsman.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to start with Dec 10 2003
By Tom
Format:Hardcover
I read this book after reading the Foxfire book on blacksmithing in my quest to learn more. Bealer goes into great detail about techniques and tools of the trade. I would recomend this book to anybody interested in taking up blacksmithing as a hobby. A word of caution is in order here though; no book can teach you all of this skill. I would recomend, in addition to reading this book, locating a smith or a college with a blacksmithing course near you and talking to them to really learn the trade. That being said, this book is a great and accurate introduction to the art. This book is economical enough that even if you don't pursue blacksmithing as a hobby, you won't be out too much and will still have all of that wonderful knowledge.
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2.0 out of 5 stars pas le meilleur livre à acheter Feb. 26 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
peu de graphique, moins de notions comparé à the complete modern blacksmith seul point positif le répertoire d'adresses à la fin du livre
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb July 22 2001
Format:Hardcover
The author was instrumental in reviving the almost-lost art of blacksmithing. He takes the reader through every step of blasmithing from smelting the ore to final product. highly informative, detailed, and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for Blacksmiths March 12 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Everything you need to know about the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths including blueprints and plans for numerous end products, how to set up a shop, build a forge, etc. Over 400 illustrations.
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