Blacksmithing Book Reviews
As an avid reader I’ve collected a large library of blacksmithing books some great and some not so great. It’s always a struggle to find good quality reviews so I thought I’d put together my impressions.
For each book you can click on the title and find my detailed review as well as affiliate links to buy the book, a link to a free PDF for public domain works, and more information.
With this resource you should be able to find the best book for you if you’re a beginner, an accomplished smith, looking for inspiration, or a historical resource.
- Cost: Free: $0 – $: $1-$25 – $$: $25-$50 – $$$: $75+
- Philip’s Ranking: My own personal impression of the book.
- 1: Either just a bad book or with a niche so narrow it will be useful to very few smiths.
- 2: Probably a pass.
- 3: A good book but likely has a limited audience.
- 4: Solid book to purchase.
- 5: Should be a strong consideration for any blacksmithing library.
- Beginner Blacksmith: How good is this book for someone who is just starting out in blacksmithing. A high ranking indicates it does a good job explaining how to get started blacksmithing and provides good starter projects.
- Advanced Blacksmith: Does the book cover more advanced topics that are appropriate to a blacksmith that has already mastered the basic skills and is looking for more advanced techniques or projects.
- Inspiration: Is the book good to inspire in your blacksmithing. Books that score high in this category will be focused on pretty pictures or drawings of ironwork.
- Historical: The book has good historical information about blacksmiths, blacksmithing, old work, architecture, tools, or related areas of interest.
This is a work in progress. I’ve listed all my planned book reviews and am trying to add 1-2 reviews per day until they are all completed.
Planned Book Reviews
|Forge & Anvil
|Colonial Ironwork in old Philadelphia
|Philip B. Wallace
|A Pattern Book of Tools and Household Goods
|Early American Industries Association with Peabody Essex Museum
|Decorative and Sculptural Ironwork: Tools, Techniques, Inspiration for Modern Blacksmithing
|Dona Z. Meilach
|The Blacksmith’s Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods
|Practical Blacksmithing and Metalwork: Second Edition
|Percy W. Blandford
|Decorative Ironwork: some aspects of design and technique
|Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas
|The Blacksmith’s Craft: Fundamentals & Techniques
|Wrought Ironwork: Forms, production, & Assembly
|The Art Of Blacksmithing
|Alex W. Bealer
|Tranditional Blacksmithing: The Fine Art of Horseshowing and Wagon Making
|J. G. Holmstrom
|Blacksmith’s Manual Illustrated
|Chain & Anchormaking In The Black Country
|Catalogue Of The Prehistoric Metalwork In Merseyside Country Museums
|Susan M. Nicholson
|Anvils In America
|Wrought Iron In Architecture: An Illustrated Survey
|Gerald K. Geerlings
|The Complete Guide to Sharpening
|Metalwork & Enamelling
|The Blacksmith’s Guide
|Steel Working And Tool Dressing
|Arthur Byne, Mildred Byne
|Sheet Metal Workers Manual
|The Blacksmith’s Craft
|Rural Development Commission
|Practical Forging and Art Smithing
|Making A Wheel – how to make a traditional light English pattern wheel
|John Wright, Robert Hurford
|Plain and Ornamental Forging
|Notes for Forge Shop Practice
|Modern Sheet Metal Workers Instructor
|Metals for Engineering Craftsmen
|Hand Forging and Wrought Iron Ornamental
|Practical Smithing and Forging
|Forging of Iron and Steel (Textbook)
|William Ilgen and Charles Moore
|Forge Practice and heat Treatment of Steel
|Forge Practice Elementary
|Farm Shop Work
|Brace & Mayne
|J. M. Drew
|The History of Fisher & Norris
(Need to buy)
|Joshua A. Kavett
|The American Blacksmith (Magazine)
|American Blacksmith Company
|The Blacksmith & Wheelwright (Magazine)
|American Blacksmith Company
The Blacksmith and the Welder
|United States. War Department · 1941
Ironwork: From the earliest times to the end of the mediæval period
|John Starkie Gardner · 1907
A Handbook of Art Smithing: For the Use of Practical Smiths, Designers of Ironwork Technical And Art Schools, Architects, Etc.
|Franz Sales Meyer – 1896