If you want to know how an eighteenth-century iron hinge was made,
or how an intricate trivet was formed, or how a muzzle-loading rifle
was welded, this book has the answers. If you would like to set
up a blacksmith shop, this book describes and illustrates the equipment
and the techniques developed in more than six thousand years of
working iron by hand.
For the lover
of history and the person who admires the ingenuity of common men,
this book reflects respect for the specialized skills of the smith.
Most of the methods and tools described in this book are clarified
by over five hundred illustrations by the author.