By: Richard Hayman – Published 2000
Price : $$ – Amazon
Philip’s Ranking: 1
Beginner Blacksmith: 0
Advanced Blacksmith: 0
Video Review: N/A
This is a very slim black and white book at only 32 pages in length.
- Introduction: pg 3
- Doors and chests: pg 5
- Railings, screens and interior fittings: pg 11
- Screens, grates and railings: the early eighteenth century: pg 15
- Street furniture: pg 23
- Gothic Revival to Post-Modern: pg 27
- Places to visit: pg 30
- Further reading: pg 32
The book reminds me the most of an extended encyclopedia article focused on a very brief introduction to wrought iron in the UK. It is one of a number of Shire Books that follow the same format. If you have a museum in the UK with a lot of wrought iron in it this would probably be a great book to stock in your giftshop.
It contains a number of photos of some beautiful ironwork which is nice and the associated text provides some very high level details about subject.
I don’t think it’s a book most blacksmiths will find very useful and at the price I can find it for online I would definitely recommend skipping it. If you can find it for $5 you’re probably getting an okay value for your money.