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Forging a Compass
Blacksmithing for Woodworkers
with Peter Ross


You might imagine it takes high-end production machinery to make precision woodworking tools. But as our ancestors showed centuries ago, you can produce delicate and dead-accurate instruments with the most basic of tools.


In Forging A Compass, master blacksmith Peter Ross walks you through the steps–at the forge and the workbench–to create a reproduction 18th-Century square-head compass. Working with a coal forge, an anvil and a handful of files, Peter uses traditional blacksmithing techniques to first forge the pieces, then assemble them and file the surfaces to create a beautiful, functional woodworking tool.

1 hour 2013
Order Number: SJ223.........$24.99

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