Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1977. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Small quarto, pp. 210, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings and photographs. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #21680
This is a basic book on the tools, materials and the processes of blacksmithing. It tells how to set up a forge, equip it with tools, and stock it with materials. It tells how to work metal: heating it, cutting it, hooking it, upsetting, drawing it out, twisting it, shaping it. The instructions are detailed and, because the author-illustrator is a working smith, they are accurate. Each of the trade's tools - anvil, hammer, forge, tongs, hardies, drifts, chisels, fullers, punches, swages, and flatters - is described, its uses and varieties depicted. Providing inspiration for every blacksmith is an album of photos of the work of the late Samuel Yellin, a renowned Philadelphia blacksmith who created some stunning architectural ironwork during his career. Truly a resource book for every blacksmith.