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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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    Norwegian Knife Making Bergland Hårvard

    The knife as a tool or a weapon is one of the oldest artifacts in the world. It has been feared, loved and hated throughout the ages.

    Hardly any other country in the world comes close to Norway in terms of knife traditions. It is not so long ago that the knife was just as indespensable as car keys are today. The knife was the last thing you checked for before going to work.

    This book tells about knife making and the forging of knives. The author had as a goal to record and illustrate the essentials of other edge tools. He hopes in this way to be able to contribute to the preservation of this part of his cultural heritage and that as many people as possible share in the creative joy of making a knife.

    Format:  Hardcover   Dimentions: 9" x 11 1/4"   Pages:  232   Illustrations: 400


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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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    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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    The Village Blacksmith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

    Half a century ago a blacksmith's shop, of the old New England village type, stood in Brattle street, Cambridge, not far far from Longfellow's home. Hundreds of passers-by glanced at the low roof, the grimy smith at his forge, the gazing children at the door, and went their way without giving them a second thought. Not so the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He saw love, sorrow, the patience of hope, the strength of duty, all the beauty and tragedy of earnest human loving. The smith and smithy, the sheltering tree, the loitering children, poet and passers-by, alike are gone but it's pictures do not fade and its lessons do not grow old. The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow captures this life with its strength and beauty.

    Format: Hard cover  Dimentions: 6 1/4" x 9 1/4"  Pages: 16  Illustrations: 16

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    Town-Country Old Tools Wood, Jack P.

    Town & Country OLD TOOLS Locks, Keys & Closures with prices by Jack Wood contains sections on Wood, Axes, Cooper's Tools, Blacksmith Tools, Bits, Draw Knives, Wrenches, Rail Road Track Tools, Saws. Levels, Screwdrives, and Farm Tools. The section on Locks, Keys, and Closures starts after the Old Tools Index.

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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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