- Paperback: 243 pages
- Publisher: Skipjack Pr (Oct. 1 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879535092
- ISBN-13: 978-1879535091
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 26 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
New Edge of the Anvil: A Resource Book for the Blacksmith Paperback – Oct 1 1994
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The is THE one book you need to get started as a blacksmith.
The New Edge of the Anvil is a revised and expanded edition of Andrews' earlier and most successful book. I urge all my students to buy, read, use and then reread this book. Clear words, excellent pictures, good explanations, tables, charts...all you need to encourage you to pick up a hammer and start hammering. The new sections include wonderful pictures of historical ironwork (go practice making some of these!) and then the directions that six contemporary smiths are taking.
I confess that I am one of these smiths, and that I have known the author for years. Because this is such a good resource, it is wonderful to be able to recommend it heartily without our friendship compromised. Buy it! -- Nol Putnam from The Plains, Virginia, USA, May 20, 1999
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The writing seemed slow and laborous to me. I found myself rushing over much of it. It begins with the basics; I mean like unbelieveably basic. I don't think that I was ever that basic. I already knew how to burn my hand on hot iron and smash my finger on the anvil.
There are some good explainations in here. But nothing that you won't find in some other blacksmithing book. (Except, maybe, how to build a smithing teepee.) There are a fair amount of drawings, but more wouldn't have hurt.
Then, suddenly, on page 127, they jump into work done by pros. And not just your average pros, mind you, but work by Samuel Yellin, Martin Rose, Elizabeth Brim, Fred Crist, Nol Putnum and others. Pretty stuff, I must admit, but not many smiths reach this level of expertise in their entire lifetime, let alone, after 125 pages. Nearly half of the book is this 'portfolio' of these guys. Pictures of their work. If I would have wanted an art book, I could have bought an art book. I would rather have seen more examples of technique. I sort of feel like I bought an advertisement (though, some of these folks are dead.)
Evidently, this book is aimed at the 'artist blacksmith'. Don't kid yourself into thinking, however, that you are going to start on page one and by page 125, you are going to be on the level of Elizabeth Brim.
If you don't know your b**t from a hardy hole, and are interested blacksmithing as a decorative art, then I can recommend this book to you as your first book. It is good quality. If you already own a single book on blacksmithing it will have all the information that this book has in it, except for the pretty pictures of Sam Yellin and the other's work.
If you are interested in blacksmithing as a sidline to something else, and just want to make your own tools or machine parts, then there are other books better than this one. This book only gives about 130 pages of so of actual blacksmith techniques. The rest is design and 'artsy' stuff.
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Content was great i was just looking to get more from the book. I would recomend this book to someone that is looking into the basics of smithing.
The best part of the book to me was the heat treatment section, great detail and information in this section
Regarding the former part, some of the information is a little too basic. It assumes that you know absolutely nothing. But most of the information will be useful to the person learning blacksmithing and much it will be a useful reference to keep coming back to. I know that I will get a lot of use of this book over the coming years.
I'll almost did not buy this book because of the second part and that would have been a mistake. I read the reviews decrying this part of the book as an "art book" and I thought to myself that this part would be just wasted paper for someone that is still relatively low on the learning curve. I was wrong. What I found, upon reading through this section is a wealth of ideas and ways to do things. I will probably never approach the skill level of these artists, but there is plenty here that the masters can teach me -- provided that I make the effort to learn from them.