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Beginning Blacksmithing One Mississippi Journeyman's View
Written by Robert M. Heath. In this self published book, the author gives the background and history of blacksmithing, and introduces the practices and techniques used by blacksmiths in a clear and simple way that is ideal for the novice and beginner to learn from.
The tables of contents include:
- Chapter 1 My Affidavit
- Chapter 2 Ferrous Metal
History of ferrous metals, furnaces, etc.
- Chapter 3 Pattern Welding and Damascus Steel
Viking swords, history of steel.
- Chapter 4 The Roots of Modern Iron
Furnace, mechanical hammers, Cupola, Walloon Furnace, etc.
- Chapter 5 The Golden Age of Wrought Iron
Early Blowers, Puddling Furnace, Rolls, Bloom Machine, Welding Furnace, Blast Furnace, etc.
- Chapter 6 Iron in America
- Chapter 7 The Kentucky Rifle and It's Legacy
Barrel Anvil, Forging a Barrel, Flint Locks, Percussion caps, Squaw Axe, Deadman's Hook, Making a Striker, Bellows, etc.
- Chapter 8 Steel
Ships chains, Bessemer Converter, Open Heath Regenerator, Electric Furnace, etc.
- Chapter 9 What is Iron and What is Steel?
Chemistry, grain structure and metal composition.
- Chapter 10 Hardening and Tempering
Crystal structure of hardened metals.
- Chapter 11 Hardening and Tempering Revisited
Tempering colours, annealing, quenching liquids, etc.
- Chapter 12 Strength of Materials
- Chapter 13 The Shop, The Forge, and Coal
Shop layout, firepot, flues, Tuyere, shop lighting, blower, floor and foundations, etc.
- Chapter 14 Blowers
Types of blowers, making a blacksmith's bellows.
- Chapter 15 Tools and Forgings
Anvil, Hammers - ball peen, straight peen, cross peen, rounding hammer, double faces, round faced, sledge hammers, tongs, set hammers, flattner, hacksaws, hardie, floor shears, fullering, vices, swedge block and cone, wire brushes, Chisels , punches, drifts, drills, swedges, nail header, files, tire shrinker, tire bender, etc.
- Chapter 16 Forge Welding
Welding fire, flux, avoiding shear failers, hatchet, collaring, etc.
- Chapter 17 Projects
Straight peen hammer head, light tongs, forging a swedge, sharpening plough points, pointing a plough, making chain, finishes, strap hinge, forging a knife, casting a knife pommel, ornamental iron, rams head handle fire poker, forging a lily, forging a rose, decorative hinge, chain mail, etc.
- Chapter 18 Safety
- Chapter 19 Apprentice - Journeyman - Master
- Chapter 20 The Boy Scouts
The book is well illustrated with clear line drawings along with pages of descriptive text. There is also a comprehensive bibliography and complete index.
Code No. 008442, 430 pages, $85.00
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