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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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    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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    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
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    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
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    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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    Boone Blacksmithing Legacy, The Plummer, Don
    $19.95

    The Boone Blacksmithing Legacy explores the art and craft of blacksmithing through generations of Boone Blacksmiths. This is one of the most fascinating legacies in American history. It includess that of the famous pioneer, Daniel Boone and the entire Boone family. Daniel Boone, the seventh, says he walks in the footsteps of giants. And indeed he does. In addition to the insightful history and detailed photos, included here are instructions on making dragons as done by Daniel Boone VII.

    Format: Soft cover  Dimentions:  6" x 9"   Pages:  112   Illustrations:  106

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    Catching the Fire Lyons, Mary E
    $18.00

    Philip Simmons, Blacksmith

    A stimulating book for young readers about this amazing African-American craftsman. Simmons is truly a hero and role model. His gates, fences, and railings decorate the city of Charleston, SC where he forged for most of his long life.

    Format: Hardcover.   Dimensions: 8.5" x 9.25"   Pages: 48   Illustrations: 29

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    Chain Making by Hand in the English Black Country Moss, Ron
    $9.95

    "Chain Making By Hand" offers a guide to the chain making industry that flourished in an area of England to the north and west of Birmingham known as the Black Country from the end of the 18th century to the third quarter of the 20th century. The name "BLACK COUNTRY" predates the Industrial Revolution and was likely used because the surface exposed coal deposits in that area. For over a century the local skies were blackened and the soot droppings turned the entire countryside black.

    Format:  Softcover   Dimentions:  5 5/8" x 8 1/4"   Pages:  44   Illustrations:  35

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