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help, understand how pieces were originally made and fitted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.
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.
Paperback, B&W, 6" x 9", © 1998
Order Number: AP816...........$24.95
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