Anvils Through the ages
By: Don Plummer photography by Nick Vincent
Price : $$ – Amazon
Philip’s Ranking: 3
Beginner Blacksmith: 0
Advanced Blacksmith: 0
Video Review: N/A
This is a coffee table book full of photos of Anvils, swage blocks, stakes, and cones. Each page has a one or two photos of an object with a very brief description of the object below it that names what type of object it is, the age, size, and weight.
If you buy this book what you’re getting is a large coffee table book of beautiful photos of anvils which is an absolute joy to look through. It is not a book that has a lot of written text about the history of anvils or anything like that. It is just a book of photographs to flip through.
Is this book needed by the beginner blacksmith, advanced blacksmith, or a great source of information? No.
Is there some historic value to the book? Yes. It will give you a good idea of how anvil shapes have changed through time though the lack of text limits the knowledge you’ll get from the book.
Is it a whole lot of fun to flip through this book and look at all the amazing anvils? Yes, yes it is. This is a book I find myself pulling off the shelf fairly frequently just to flip through it and admire the anvils. That fact gives it 3 out of 5 stars for me even though it scores pretty low in each of the breakout categories.