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    Hooks, Rings and Other Things Barnes, Frank T.
    $34.95

    An illustrated dictionary for collectors, students, curators, dealers and the just plain curious. The ultimate 'Whatsit?' book. Iron artifacts, which chronicled day-to-day living in early New England, have been brought together for the first time in this remarkable book. Delightfully illustrated and described, including their history, these antique iron pieces are documented and explained is how and why each piece was used.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimentions: 8 3/4" x 11 1/4"   Pages; 237   Illustrations: 1200

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    How to Forge Weld on a Blacksmith’s Anvil Heath, Robert M.
    $12.00

    Forge welding is an old technique of joining two pieces of metal with heat. This booklet is written to honestly try to convey certain principles of a craft technique that are difficult to convey in writing. The reader can find enough information to enable, even a beginner, to make a forge weld. Go for it!

    Format: Soft cover,  Dimentations: 8" x 11",  Pages: 52,  Illustrations: 140

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    How to Make a Blacksmith’s Bellows Heath, Robert M.
    $9.00

    The Blacksmith Bellows describe in this booklet is located in the Agricultural and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Mississippi and was donated to the museum in 1973. It was made by his father in 1910 and used on his farm until 1938. From these drawings you will understand how the bellows were built and could even build your own.

    Fprmat: Softcover  Dimentions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"  Pages: 26  Illustrations: 49 

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  4. How To Make A Chain Tool for Chasing
    How To Make A Chain Tool for Chasing Lewton-Brain, Charles
    $18.00

    A chain tool is a special class of chasing tool. It is a kind of stamp which automatically lines up the the previous blow in registered rows of rhythmic marks. The details of how to make this valuable tool are clearly explained.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 38   Illustrations: 29

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    How to Make Chain Mail Heath, Robert M.
    $8.50

    The ancient Romans and prehistoric European tribes had shirts of mail as did the medieval knights, familiar to us from the stories of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe. Mail, at least the outward form, should be made to imitate the styles of old. 

          1. The first type is the best made from links that were shut with a forge weld.    2. The second type of mail would have been made of links closed with a cold shut. Each link would be flattened where the joint was made a hole drilled in both ends to receive a very small shutting rivet. This was considered to be good mail but not the very best.    3. The third type of mail and lowest in quality, was made of links not shut at all. The links were bent shut without securing the two ends in any way.                                                                                                                                   

    The shirt presented here was made of links that were not shut. The ends were butted together after each link was individually fitted into the pattern of the metal fabric.

     

    Format: Soft cover,  Dimentions: 5 1/4" x 8 1/3",  Pages: 34,  Illustrations: 65

     

     

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    How to Teach Yourself Blacksmithing with Clay Meador, Don A.
    $18.00

    By using clay you can learn how to move hot metal with your hammer to get the result you desire. Clay moves just like hot metal. Repeat a blacksmithing technique in clay several times, then when you go to the forge you will be able to hit the metal the right way, in the right spot with confidence.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11.5"    Pages: 175    Illustrations: 184

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    Hydraulic Forging Press for the Blacksmith McDaniel, Randy
    $45.00

    The hydraulic forging press is becoming increasingly important to the forging shop. This relatively small machine, which is often hand made, allows smiths to do many of the same operations as a power hammer while adding more control and expanding what one can do with hot metal. This book covers the history, the how to, and especially the versitility of the hydraulic forging press for the blacksmith and the knife maker. It provides a comparison between the press and other machinery, the different types of presses, which type of press is right for your application and should you build one or buy one, It focuses on tooling that you can make to get the most out of your press and much, much more.

    Format: Hard cover  Dimentions: 8 1/2" x 11 1/4"  Pages: 190  Illustrations: 285

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