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The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander G. Weygers

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Teach yourself the lost arts of blacksmithing and tool design and repair.

Design, forge, and fix your own tools, hardware, and household accessories with master craftsman and teacher Alexander G. Weygers. Weygers's three extraordinary books, The Making of Tools, The Modern Blacksmith, and The Recycling, Use, and Repair of Tools, are classics in their field-and in THE COMPLETE MODERN BLACKSMITH, they are brought together in their entirety for the first time ever. All three books contain clear, step-by-step instructions and hundreds of the author's own detailed drawings, bringing scores of time-honoured techniques to modern artisans-experienced craftsmen and beginners alike.

THE MAKING OF TOOLS teaches the artist and craftsman how to make exactly the tool he or she needs: how to design, sharpen, and temper them, using only basic shop equipment and scrap steel. Dozens of tips and techniques are covered, from setting up a beginner's workshop and learning to temper steel to making simple tools such as screwdrivers and carving, cutting, and sharpening tools.

THE MODERN BLACKSMITH demonstrates, with lucid text and beautifully clear illustrations, the basic tools and techniques that are available to the modern blacksmith. This fascinating book covers everything from developing the correct hammer and body motions for forging to creating tools such as pliers and shovels and hardware such as hinges and door latches. Alexander Weygers explains the hows and whys of inventing, improvising, and constructing "things" out of "nothing."

THE RECYCLING. USE, AND REPAIR OF TOOLS stresses the creative reuse of old materials, and features a wealth of easy-to-follow procedures for making, repairing, and maintaining a great variety of equipment and parts, from shovels and chisels to washers and bearings. Alexander Weygers leads you step by step through making everything from a water pump to cutting tools to candlesticks and Christmas decorations out of scrap metal. In these pages, artists and craftsmen will learn to exploit the modern abundance of scrap steel with creativity and skill.

A truly unusual and unique resource, THE COMPLETE MODERN BLACKSMITH is an essential volume in any serious artist's or craftsman's library.

Code No. 008287, 300 pages, ISBN 9780898158960, $44.00

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