The Beginner’s Guide to Blacksmithing

The Beginner's Guide to Blacksmithing: The Complete Guide to the Basic Tools and Techniques for the Beginning Metal Worker by Lorelei Sims

Title:  The Beginner’s Guide to Blacksmithing: The Complete Guide to the Basic Tools and Techniques for the Beginning Metal Worker
Author: Lorelei Sims 
Publisher: New Shoe Press
Genre:  Crafts & Hobbies
Format:  temporary PDF
No. of Pages: 440
Date of US Publication: 16 August, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

Sims is obviously a master at blacksmithing and shares her knowledge in this extremely 

comprehensive book. With a pleasant and practical layout, this beginner’s guide is easy to read and take in; you’ll learn what you need, about different types of metal, and what you’ll need to do during blacksmithing along with some projects to try once you’ve got your setup together. 

Strongly suggested for those interested in this skill that has withstood the test of time. 

PDF kindly provided by New Shoe Press / Quarto Publishing Group - Quarry and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Clear, photo-illustrated instruction for learning the practical and artisanal craft of blacksmithing

Keen on making your own custom cutlery? Want to make your own fireplace tools or even your own garden art? 
The Beginner’s Guide to Blacksmithing, adapted from The Backyard Blacksmith, introduces you to everything you need to know, from the tools and basic techniques to a variety of different approaches to this old-school trade. Whether your interest is practical, like fixing broken rails or tools, or artistic, like sculpture and decorative art made from metals, you will find all the instruction you need to be successful in this essential reference.

This easy-to-follow beginner’s guide features:

  • Clear instructions that make learning easy—Like having a master blacksmith at your side, detailed, step-by-step, full-color exercises teach all the universal skills and techniques used to forge iron.
  • Accessible content for absolute beginners—Learn to find and salvage the right kinds of steel, set up your shop, collect the essential tools, and work safely, then explore the properties and characteristics of hot metal and how to shape it successfully.
  • Beautiful and functional projects—The book includes beautiful and functional projects organized by level of difficulty, allowing you to progress at your own pace, and master the skills you learned in earlier chapters.

Blacksmithing is a rewarding craft that you can enjoy in your backyard or home workshop, and this book makes learning the basic skills easy and fun. Set yourself up for success with this indispensable guide.


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