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    Metalworking Trades In Early America Kauffman, Henry J

    Metalworking Trades in Early America provides an excellent overview for both collectors and artisans. They are all here: The blacksmith, whitesmith, edge tool maker, cutler, locksmith, wheelwright, gunsmith, nailer, and tinsmith.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 168   Illustrations: 210

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    Mousehole Forge Postman, Richard


     Between approximately 1800 and 1860 Mousehole Forge of Sheffield, England was the premier anvil maker of the world. How could a small manufacturer restricted to about one acre of land with a forge shop having just 9,000 square feet, using primarily water power to drive their antiquated helve hammers and other equipment, compete so successfully with other famous English anvil makers, using more modern methods and machinery. For well over 200 years anvils have been made at Mousehole Forge, which for two centuries, at least, was the only works of its kind in the world.

    This is the story of this small company and their anvils.

     Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11.25"    Pages: 120    Illustrations: 190

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    Ore to Axe DVD Koons, Ken

    This documentary film details the process of smelting iron ore into metal and then forging it into an eighteenth century-style axe. These blacksmiths demonstrate every step in the centuries-old bloomery smelting procss.

    DVD Aproc\x. 52 minutes

    Blacksmiths Shelton Browder, Ken Koons, Steve Mankowski, and Lee Sauder take you on the journey of finding ore, making charcoal, building a furnace, smelting the ore to iron, converting the iron to steel, and finally forging the axe.

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    Plain And Ornamental Forging Schwarzkopf, Ernst

    Schwarzkopf has endeavored to meet the need of furnishing a richly illustrated and fully ex[laines work on the science and art of plain and art metal forging. The attempt has been made to furnish simple and detailed drawings illustration each important operation. The book is designed primarily to assist the beginner in learning both the theory and practice of forge work through self-instruction.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 5" x 7.75"   Pages: 296   Illustrations: 531

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    Pounding Out the Profits Freund, Douglas

    POUNDING OUT THE PROFITS: A Century of American Invention, by Douglas Freund studies the development and manufacture of crank-actuated open-die power forging Hammers and the companies which produced them. Covered are hammers such as Little Gient, Bradley, Kerrihard, Fairbanks and many more. The book is profusely illustrated, including carefully refined patent drawings to clarify the important developments involved with each machine. This book arose from the conviction that knowledge about techniques and tools is an important component of craftsmanship. It was inspired by an extraordinary transformation: machines which had served blacksmith and manufacturers in a humble and strictly functional manner and are today being used as expressive tools in the hands of artists! This class of machine has been largely ignored by historians of technlogy, and many of the companies which built power hammers are virtually forgotten in the cities and towns in which they once prospered. In gathering the threads of this story, a fascinating picture has emerged.


    Format: Hard cover  Dimentions: 6 3/4" x 10"  Pages: 317  Illustrations: 175

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    Professional Smithing Streeter, Donald

    Traditional Techniques for Decorative Ironwork, Whitesmithing, Hardware, Toolmaking & Locksmithing Traditional smithing techniques are presented clearly including toolmaking, white smithing and lock smithing. Included early hand forged kitchen utensils, fireplace tools, locks, keys, hinges, latches, hooks, springs and more. Invaluable to blacksmiths, collectors, historians, and restorers alike.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"   Pages: 144   Illustrations: 257

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    Ships' Figureheads Hansesn, Hans-Jürgen und Hansen< Clas Broder

     This is the story of the carved wooden bow decoration that once adorned almost every stem of every wooden ship under sail. Hans Jürgen Hansen and Clas Broder Hansen begin with a report on the mythological origin of the bow decoration, which had a long life in seafaring superstition. It shows the development of figureheads from the Polynesians, Phoenicians, and Vikings to the high point of the gloriously decorated Renaissance and Baroque ships. Then it moves on to the imaginative, original variety of the figureheads of the 18th and 19th Centuries, the last windjammers and the school sailing ships that are still in use today. It details the different types of figureheads as well as the sculptors who made them.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimentions: 6 1/2" x 9 1/4"   Pages:128   Illustrations: 133


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    Traditional Blacksmithing Holmstrom, J. G.

     Traditional Blacksmithing; The Fine Art of Horseshoeing and Wagon Making, by J.G. Holmstrom, is perfect for learning the timeless art of blacksmithing, or simpling admiring the beautiful illustrations of the tools of the trade! He was a successful, practicing blacksmith in the early twentieth century. He worked during the day and took notes on his tools and techniques, and over time organized his notes into a book each night at home. Topics covered include: setting up shop, building your own machinery, fixing your tools, and even how to cultivate a good reputation in the community.

    Format:  Softcover   Dimentions:  5" x 7"   Pages:  202   Illustrations:  60       

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