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Home Blacksmith, The

Tools, Techniques, and 40 Practical Projects for the Home Blacksmith

Author - Ryan Ridgway, DVM
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Beginner's Guide; Step-by-Step Directions & Over 500 Photos to Help You Start Smithing

If you are a beginner blacksmith—or an experienced smith looking for a reference or to expand your knowledge—The Home Blacksmith is the perfect place to start!

Geared toward answering the many questions that new blacksmiths often have, author Ryan Ridgway hopes to fill the void of inaccessible information for aspiring blacksmiths with this comprehensive volume. By explaining the physics of moving metal, the different styles of anvils and forges, and alternative fuel sources, Ridgway sets his book apart from less detailed volumes. With 40 practical, easy-to-follow projects, The Home Blacksmith shows hopeful blacksmiths how to make tools, such as hammers and chisels; farm implements, such as gate latches and hoof picks; and items for home use, including drawer pulls and candle holders.

  • 40 complete projects help you follow along with every process
  • Step-by-step instructions from werewolf knights and mummy pawns to coffin rooks and Frankenstein bishops
  • Over 500 photos of metalworking and understand the behavior of heated metal and how it moves
  • Learn the science is an instructor, award-winning carver, and president of the Catawba Valley Wood Carvers
  • Set up your shopsafely and economically, learn how to salvage steel, and learn about the essential tools you'll need
  • Explore the evolution of blacksmithing around the world and the differences between the tools specific to each region

Practical Projects for the Farm and Home

As more and more people join the do-it-yourself revolution, they are breathing new life into many time-honored skills and crafts. Blacksmithing is among the trades that are enjoying a resurgence for both practical and artistic uses, yet there isn't an abundance of readily accessible information available to beginning blacksmiths to help them get started and understand the craft. Author Ryan Ridgway, a veterinarian and blacksmith with more than 15 years of metalworking experience, hopes to fill that void with this comprehensive volume geared toward answering the many questions that new blacksmiths often have. By explaining the physics of moving metal, the different styles of anvils and forges, and alternative fuel sources, Ridgway sets his book apart from less detailed volumes. Forty practical, easy-to-follow projects are presented, showing aspiring blacksmiths how to make tools, such as hammers and chisels; farm implements, such as gate latches and hoof picks; and items for home use, including drawer pulls and candle holders.

INSIDE THE HOME BLACKSMITH:
  • A look at blacksmithing through the ages and a discussion on how metal moves
  • Essential considerations, equipment, and tools for setting up your own blacksmithing shop
  • The different types of steel and how to handle them
  • Blacksmithing techniques from beginner to advanced
  • Instructions for 40 projects, including tools, such as chisels and punches; decorative items for the home, such as drawer pulls and candle holders; and farm implements, such as gate latches and hoof picks.
More Information
Weight 1.150000
Pages 224
Size 7" x 9" x .51"
Author Ryan Ridgway, DVM
Region United States
Subscription Length 1 Years
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Ryan Ridgway, DVM, grew up on a family farm about an hour south of Regina, Saskatchewan, where he started blacksmithing to make repairs around the farm. During his university years in Saskatoon, he began selling his ironwork online and at local craft fairs to help pay for his degree. During this time, he also took a blacksmithing course offered by his local museum and began volunteering there, which gave him the opportunity to learn from the other blacksmiths and, in turn, teach other new smiths. After receiving his veterinary degree, he began writing blacksmithing articles and has been published in magazines such as Hobby Farms, Carving Magazine, Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine, and Rural Roots. He also writes veterinary articles for various magazines and has a pet-care column in numerous community newspapers in western Canada.