Astragal Press books on antique tools and more






Practical Blacksmithing
These books provide an invaluable basic resource for the modern day practitioner of this
ancient craft. The carriage owner or restorer can, with Richardson’s help, understand how pieces were originally made and fitted together, and how they can be replicated today.
The tool user and collector will relish the discovery of old tools and equipment, some no l
onger available commercially, or even in current use.
Historians and Americana enthusiasts
will be able to glimpse the past with a better understanding of the mindset and aesthetics of
an earlier time. And the blacksmith, through Richardson’s emphasis on technique and craftsmanship, and his straightforward prose and illustrations, will better understand
smithing’s central processes.
Part One
Practical Blacksmithing, Part One begins with an account of the tools and equipment of blacksmithing and continues with shop plans, diagrams demonstrating various smithing techniques, and discussions of iron and steel. Finally, there are the detailed, yet simple, practical descriptions of smithing’s central processes, including drilling, fullering and swaging.
528 pages, Paperback, B&W, 6" x 9", © 1998
Order Number: AP816...........$24.95
Temporarily out of Stock.
Please check back soon.

Part Two
Practical Blacksmithing, Part Two
guides the reader through descriptions of more of the central smithing processes: welding, brazing, soldering, forging, cutting, bending, setting and tempering. It will be of particular interest to those working on carriages, as it includes information on how to work with such things as carriage irons, wagons, tires, horseshoes, axles and springs…and how to make a bobsled.
608 pages, Paperback, B&W, 6" x 9", © 1998
Order Number: AP824...........$27.95

Temporarily out of stock.
Please check back soon
©2010 Astragal Press
An Imprint of Finney Company