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Blacksmithing and metal work

A blacksmith is a person who processess iron or steel by forging the metal; i.e., by using tools to hammer, bend, cut, and otherwise shape it in its non-liquid form. Usually the metal is cold until it glows red or orange as part of the forging process. Blacksmiths produce things like wrought iron gates, grills, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, utensils and weapons.

Metalworking is the process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large scale structures. The term covers a wide range of work from large ships, bridges and oil refineries to delicate jewellery. It therefore includes a correspondingly wide range of skills and the use of many different types of metalworking processes and their related tools.

Metalworking is an art, hobby, industry and trade. It relates to metallurgy, a science, jewellery making, an art-and-craft, and as a trade and industry with ancient roots spanning all cultures and civilizations. Metalworking had its beginnings millennia in the past. At some point in history, modern man's ancestors discovered that certain rocks now called ores could be smelted, producing metal. Further, they discovered that the metal product was malleable and ductile and thus able to be formed into various tools, adornments and put to other practical uses. Humans over the millennia learned to work raw metals into objects of art, adornment, practicality, trade, and engineering.


Smiths' Work: With Numerous Engravings and Diagrams
SKU: sw/236/440
Like all other Hasluck books, this material is a compilation of articles from Work magazine that existed a century ago in England.

Chapters include forges and appliances; hand tools; drawing down and upsetting; welding and punching; principles of formation; ending and ring making; miscellaneous examples of forged work; cranks, model work, and die forging, home-made portable forges, and manipulating steel at the forge.

5-1/2 x 8-1/2 softcover 160 pages

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How to Build a Forge
SKU: htbaf/040/
Even if you have an anvil, tongs and a hammer, not to mention muscles to suit, you still need a forge to work iron - this real bargain of a booklet will show you how to build a practical forge, mainly from scrap, and get those biceps bashing... 15 pages, softbound.
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Plans Build Blacksmith's Shop Forge With Electric Blower - ebook
SKU: pbbsf/ebook/000/000

Here is a great plan for an easily built shop forge which will enable you to heat metals and do blacksmiths work,tempering etc.

Built from scrap items such as on old sink and a vacuum cleaner motor you can build this great working forge for very little expenditure.It works as well as any expensive commercial model to.

A great item which will enable you to do all kinds of metal work which you could not do without a forge.

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Blacksmith Shop & Iron Forging - reprint of 1906 book
SKU: bsif/170/437
Binding: Paperback: 53 pages

Blacksmithing is the forging of iron with simple tools and this popular book is somewhat unusual in that it deals with industrial blacksmithing, rather than equestrian. Shows what you need for equipment, how to do it and instances of what you can make. 96 pages.Well illustrated. Lindsay Publications.

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How to Use Tin Can Metal in Science Projects
SKU: htutcm/160/524
Binding: Softback

Written by a teacher who clearly believed in showing his pupils how they could do something with nothing, or old tin cans, the first 35 pages of this book cover just how you can work tin sheet from cans into many shapes, plus some tools to help. This is followed by instructions on how to build Hero’s Turbine, a Walking Beam Engine, a Crosshead Engine and an Internal Combustion Type of Engine - all from tin cans. In truth, of these only the first is a working model, but the ideas and techniques here are interesting and potentially useful, so consider treating yourself to a copy of this 120 page, profusely illustrated, paperback. Lindsay Publications

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Hand Forging and Wrought-Iron Ornamental Work
SKU: hf/292/484
Binding: Paperback: 197 pages

From 1911 comes this rather good book on ornamental blacksmithing. Just under half is a clear description of the tools and techniques used, and then you have instructions on making Twists, Scrollwork, Box forging, Embossing, Drawer-Pulls and Hinges, Doorplates, Lamps and a whole load more designs which were current 95 years ago, and might just be coming back into fashion! 197 heavily illustrated pages. Paperback. Lindsay Publications

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Bent Iron work - including elementry art metal work
SKU: biw/238/557
Binding: Paperback: 160 pages

This appeared in 1903 – four years before Hasluck’s “Metal Working” described elsewhere in this list. Some of this material is included in “Metal Working”, but you get much more. Consider bent iron work. You don’t need heat, but you do need a bench anvil, hammers, pliers, and other sturdy tools to turn iron strap into fancy lamp brackets, candlestick brackets, grills, fire screens and much more. Fastening is done with simple clamps and rivets. Chapters include tools and materials; bending and working strip iron; simple exercises in bent iron. And the projects he shows are British! You’ll see drawings of grills and screens from Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals, and Westminster Abbey. Classic, beautiful stuff. Profusely illustrated. 160 pages.

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Blacksmith's Manual - ebook
SKU: bm/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf
Reprint of 1930 book, complete text on 220 pages with illustrations.
Gas Fired furnace - free ebook
SKU: gff/ebook/000
Binding: ebook - pdf

These plans are for a gas-fired furnace.

With this small furnace you can melt down aluminum, brass and copper; preheat small, thick pieces of iron and steel for brazing or forging; caseharden soft steel; make up alloys and bake vitreous enamels on metals.

You can use either liquid propane or your home's gas lines.

The plans include information on tongs, on safety procedures, and plans for a base to set the furnace on.

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5cwt Engine Hoist
SKU: 5eh/ebook/000/000
Binding: pdf
A small but useful hydraulic crane can be built using a suitable hydraulic jack. The
crane is able to fold for storage and can be constructed for a fraction of the
cost of a ready built engine crane. Construction requires welding
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DIY Make an Arc Welder
SKU: agua/maw/7030

Build a 24 volt Portable Arc welder, also known as a Stick Welder. The unit runs off regular automotive diySufficient.com product money back garunteebatteries and will fit nicely in your truck, Jeep, shop or garage. The book shows you How to Build an Arc Welder for less than $40, set in an Easy to Read 5-step Beginners level format (process made simple).

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Copper Work: An Illustrated Text Book for Teachers and Students in the Manual Arts
SKU: cam/cw/187/444
Binding: Softback
A good, well-illustrated instructional manual for senior school pupils on producing objects and items from flat sheets of copper or brass. Shows what types of saws, hammers and anvils to use, how to make simple objects such as hinges, finger pulls and box corners, how to anneal a sheet of copper and work it on an anvil to produce a pitcher and other items, draw wire, and small tubing, polish, and even simple enamelling. The products are mainly decorative, but the information applies to model engineering. An excellent book on general copperworking, rather than boilermaking. Numerous illustrations, and the instructions are to the point.
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