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    ABCs of Early Americana Sloane, Eric
    $12.95

    A Sketchbook of Inventions, Curiosities, and Lore

    Beautifully arranged in an A-Z format, the noted artist Eric Sloane presents this rich and varied collections of American firsts – from the salt box house to basketball, hex signs to ear trumpets, popcorn to rocking chairs. Taking his cue from early Americans' interest in the lore and beauty of the English alphabet, Sloane arranged this beautifully illustrated book in an A-Z format, decorating each page with his own fine hand lettering and including a brief caption to elucidate the origin and use of every subject he pictured.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 11"    Pages: 30    Illustrations: 52

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    Antique Iron - English And American Schiffer, Herbert, Peter, and Nancy
    $49.95

    Antique Iron - English And American

    15th Century Through 1850

    Beautiful photographs and concise descriptions of these European, English and American antique pieces of architectural hardware, fireplace equipment, kitchen utensils, weathervanes, and gates from major museums and private collections will fascinate artists, blacksmiths, collectors, and historians alike.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 11"   Pages: 447   Illustrations: 981

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    Anvils In America Postman, Richard
    $65.00

    Anvil's In America

    Hailed as the definitive resource and standard reference book for blacksmiths, anvil collectors, and anyone interested in historical tools, Richard Postman's Anvils in America is the culmination of 15 years of meticulous research. It is an invaluable reference book as well as a chronicle of anvil manufacturers, tools and people integral to the development of our country.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 8 3/4" x 11 1/4"   Pages: 552   Illustrations: 768

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    Art of Blacksmithing, The Bealer, Alex W.
    $9.95

    The Art of Blacksmithing

    Revised edition

    This unique book covers every aspect of this fascinating art, the fundamental craft on which the civilization of the Iron Age was built. It is perfect for craftsmen who want to set up a blacksmith shop, and for lovers of history and craft alike. It describes and illustrates the equipment and the techniques developed in more that six thousand years of working iron by hand. It reflects respect for the specialized skills of the smith and the excitement of the village smithy, which so recently disappeared from the Western world.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"   Pages: 438   Illustrations: over 500

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    Axe and Man, The Heavin, Charles
    $20.00

    Excellent book covering a vast range of axes starting with the early stone hand axes of the paleolithic period. It began as a history of the evolution of the axe. Since the history of the axe is difficult to separate from the history of man, this study has become the history of early man's stone and metal technology as exemplified by his axe. Technology is not only an important part of every culture, but it also usually affects such other aspect as the economic, political, social and religious. The degree of advancement of man's technology is not only reflected directly in his tools and weapons themselves, but also in his means of agriculture, kinds of transportation, the sophistication of his buildings and the degree of his artistic development. These in turn can be directly affected by the degree of his tool development, which in many cases means his axe.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 11"   Pages: 182   Illustrations: over 100

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    Blacksmith and his Art, The Hawley, J.E.
    $18.00

    The Blacksmith and his Art 

     King of the Crafts

    This is the story of blacksmithing. It deals in detail with the eight basic operations of smithing and how one may today apply those centuries old pioneer methods in forging new treasures for future generations. It is one of the most comprehensive guides to mestering the essential skills of blacksmithing. It serves as a basic textbook, guide, and inspiration for contemporary artisans and craftsmen.  A great introduction for young readers.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8 12" x 11"   Pages: 176   Illustrations: 298

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    Blacksmith's Craft, The McRaven, Charles
    $19.95

    A Primer of Tools & Methods

    A step-by-step guide to building a simple forge, crafting the basic tools, and learning the techniques to get started in blacksmithing. Easy to follow photos.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 7" x 9"   Pages: 248   Illustrations: over 200

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    Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead DeLaRonde, Joe
    $14.99

    Basics for the Homestead

    Joe DeLaRonde is a master blacksmith. He started his blacksmithing career 35 years ago as an apprentice under a master German blacksmith. His works are in use around the globe by military personnel and living history enthusiasts, as well as in private collections and museums in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.Through detailed but easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs, he teaches the basic skills of forging. Here is all the information you need to create artistic yet functional iron hardware and accoutrements for home or ranch, including: pokers, shovels, tongs, hooks, camp sets, forks, spoons/spatulas, skewers, nails, hinges, latches, drawer pulls, coat hooks, towel bars, candle holders, brooms, hoes, crowbars, awls, screwdrivers, chain links, chisels, hammers, adzes, axes and knives. DeLaRonde continues to work in his shop in Mancos, Colorado.and Europe.Through detailed but easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs, he teaches the basic skills of forging. Here is all the information you need to create artistic yet functional iron hardware and accoutrements for home or ranch, including: pokers, shovels, tongs, hooks, camp sets, forks, spoons/spatulas, skewers, nails, hinges, latches, drawer pulls, coat hooks, towel bars, candle holders, brooms, hoes, crowbars, awls, screwdrivers, chain links, chisels, hammers, adzes, axes and knives. DeLaRonde continues to work in his shop in Mancos, Colorado, producing some of the finest tomahawks, axes, and knives available on the market today.

    Format: Softcover.   Dimensions: 8" x 9"   Pages: 135   Illustrations: 305

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