Books, Plans, CD and Video Reviews

Reviews of books, plans, videos, and CD's for the blacksmithing and metalworking trades. These reviews are by blacksmiths, metalworkers and the students of historical processes for whom they were written.
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NEW Category! Rare, Out of Print and Collectable


Moving Metal

NEW Book Review
Moving Metal
The Art of Chasing and Repousse'
Adolph Stienes


Translated from the German.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru


NEW Book Review
Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction
The 14th Century

Brian R. Price

The modern Bible of the craft of armour construction.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru




NEW Book Review
Early American Wrought Iron
Three Volumes in One by Albert H. Sonn

The classic reference is back.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru


Machinery's Handbook 1st Edition NEW Book Review
1st Edition Commemorative Reprint
Machinery's Handbook

By Industrial Press
Reproduction of the historic and rare First Edition of MACHINERY'S HANDBOOK.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru


NEW Book Review
The Craft of the Japanese Sword
Leon and Hiroko Kapp and Yoshindo Yoshihara
Art, history and construction of the classic Japanese sword.

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, with comments from
Frank Turley and Bruce Blackistone


NEW Book Review
The Backyard Blacksmith
By Lorelei Sims
Illustrated beginning blacksmithing with all the basics.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey and Sandra Wilson



A Damascus Blade from A to Z featuring Mike Norris A Damascus Blade from A to Z
Featuring Mike Norris in a Big BLU Production
Making a Damascus (laminated) steel blade from the billet to the final finish.

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru

Forging Solutions : Hand Hammer Technique with Amit Har-lev Forging Solutions : Hand Hammer Techniques
With Amit Har-lev, a Big BLU Production
Basic hand hammer forging techniques as taught by a world class professional

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.

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Forging Solutions : Power Hammer Technique with Amit Har-lev Forging Solutions : Power Hammer Techniques
With Amit Har-lev, a Big BLU Production
Basic power hammer forging techniques as taught by a world class professional

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru

Alex Bealers Art of Blacksmithing
The Art of Blacksmithing
By Alex Bealer
Alex Bealer's classic book about blacksmithing that brought us where we are today.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru (UPDATED).

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Advanced Damascus Patterning
By J.D. Smith
Two disk DVD/CD-ROM learning program

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru

Forge and Anvil Videos and Booklet
Step-by-step Knifemaking
You can do it!

By David Boye
A classic as well as the standard in learning to make knives.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Lives Shaped by Steel
Lives Shaped by Steel
Celebrating East Coast Outdoor Metal Artists
By Nancy B. Zastrow
The lives and work of 39 East Coast US metal artists.
Reviewed by Melissa Sullivan

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Forge and Anvil Videos and Booklet
NEW Book Review
Ironwork Today Inside & Out
By Dona Z. Meilach
A survey of current decorative ironwork for all applications. Inspiration for artist and client alike.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Decorative & Sculptural Ironwork
By Dona Z. Meilach
THE metalworking book of the 70's becomes
THE metalworking book of the 21st Century!

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey (UPADATED)

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Forge and Anvil Videos and Booklet
NEW Video Review
Forge & Anvil
Do-It-Yourself Projects with Alan Rogers
Video DIY projects taken from Forge & Anvil.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru (UPDATED).
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NEW Video Review
Fire and Roses
By Hans Schlosser
Forging the Queens Rose, an SCA event demonsttration video.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey

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The Forgotten Technology by Wallace Wallington
NEW Video Review!
The Forgotten Technology
How did the Ancient Eqyptians build the pyramids? The Druids Stonehenge? Wallace Wallington has a good idea how they did it.
Review by Jock Dempsey


Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel
By Francis & Joseph Gies
Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages, a history of change and the reasons for it. Copyright 1994.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey


Spruce Forge Manual of Locksmithing
NEW Book Review!
Spruce Forge
Manual of Locksmithing

A Blacksmiths Guide to Simple Lock Mechanisms.
Review by Jock Dempsey
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101 Projects for the Novice Blacksmith

101 Metal Projects
for the Novice Blacksmith

By Al Cannella
A "How-to" Shop Manual for Beginners from Poor Boy Blacksmith Tools
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey


Free Form Forging with Uri Hofi
NEW DVD Review!
Free Form Forging with Uri Hofi
THE Power Hammer video of 2005!
Review with supplemental photos by Jock Dempsey
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Metal Working
By Paul N. Hasluck
A reprint of the popular 1907 edition covering every aspect of metal working.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey

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Mini Rolling Mill Plans CD
Your Own Personal Steel Rolling Mill
NEW Plans on CD-ROM for the revolutionary rolling mill for small shops by Hugh McDonald of Western Australia.
Reviewed by Wayne Parris and Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru


NEW Book Review!
Machine Shop Trade Secrets
By James A. Harvey
A life time of metalworking tricks of the trade. Primarily for machinists but applicable to almost any metal working shop.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey

The Magic of Italian Wrought Iron, Photographs of wrought iron, sculpture and fine Italian art. NEW Book Review!

The Magic of Italian Wrought Iron
La Magia del Ferro Battuto Italiano
One hundred blacksmiths, one thousand ideas.. Compiled by Giuseppe Ciscato. Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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The Artist Blacksmith NEW Book Review!
The Artist Blacksmith
By Peter Parkinson
A great new book covering the basics of decorative ironwork and forging in depth. Published in England. Reviewed by Rich Waugh, CSI
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NEW Book Review!
Metal Techniques for Craftsmen
By Oppi Untracht
Standard reference for jewelery and non-ferrous metals.
Reviewed by Rich Waugh, CIS

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Cover Guía Practica de la Forja Artistica
Guía Practica de la Forja Artistica
Practical Guide to Artistic Forging a Spanish language forging manual -
Reviewed by Frank Turley.
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NEW Review!
Two MORE by Chastain
By Stephen Chastain
The second group of the small foundry series by Steve Chastain. A Sand Casting Manual for the Small Foundry, Volumes 1 and 2
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru

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Two by Chastain
By Stephen Chastain
The first of a small foundry series by Steve Chastain, Oil-Fired Tilting Furnace and Iron Melting Cupola Furnaces
Edited by Peter Elgass
Metal Design International Metal Design International 2003
Edited by Peter Elgass
A Year Book of Hephaistos. Work and biographies of nine outstanding European metal artists. Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Werk und Werkzeug des Kunstschmieds
By Otto Schmirler
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Cover The Revolutionary Blacksmith NEW Review!
The Revolutionary Blacksmith
By Jim Paw-Paw Wilson
The popular historical fiction series now in print!.
Review by Jim Gerlinsky, Wilkie, SK, Canada
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Dave Manzer with Little Giant NEW Review!
Powerhammer Tooling and Techniques:

Another great video by Dave Manzer.
Tools, Dies, Techniques, Projects and more. VHS, PAL, DVD
Review by Jim Gerlinsky, Wilkie, SK, Canada
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Machinery's Handbook on CD
From Industrial Press
The 27th edition of this popular standard on CD-ROM in PDF format.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru
Machinery's Handbook 27th Ed
Machinery's Handbook 27th Ed.
From Industrial Press
The newest edition of this popular standard.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru
Metal Design International Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop
By Wayne Goddard
Making cable Damascus, budget blade making equipment, tribal knifemaking.
Reviewed by Charley Pierce and Jock Dempsey

Cover Mousehole Forge by Richard Postman Mousehole Forge
By Richard Postman
History and guidebook to the famous Mousehole forge where millions of anvils were manufactured for export to North America
Reviewed by Jim "Paw-Paw" Wilson.
The Blacksmiths Craft - CoSIRA

The Blacksmiths Craft
By CoSIRA - The Countryside Agency

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Blacksmith's Manual Illustrated
By J.W. Lillico
A 1930 classic back in print! Reprinted by The Countryside Agency
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Metals for Engineering Craftsmen - CoSIRA
Metals for Engineering Craftsmen
By CoSIRA - The Countryside Agency
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Decorative Ironwork
By CoSIRA - The Countryside Agency

Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
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Beds and Bedroom Accessories
Photographs and drawings of designer beds made by Italian Master Smiths.
Compiled by Giuseppe Ciscato, 229 Pages, 340 images.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.

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Italian Masters of Wrought Iron, Photographs of wrought iron, sculpture and fine Italian art.
Italian Masters of Wrought Iron
I Maestri Italiani Del Ferro Battuto
Photographs of the work of Italian Master Smiths.
Compiled by Giuseppe Ciscato, 500 pages 1,100 images.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.

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icon, Click for review CD Review!
1920 Champion Blower and Forge Co., Catalog
CD-ROM reproduction by Bill Lynch including patents and other documents
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.

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Buffalo Forge General Catalog CD-ROM CD Review!
1896 Buffalo Forge General Catalog
CD-ROM reproduction by Bill Lynch including color sales card. 399 pages.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.

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Anvils in America by Richard Postman
Anvils in America
The anvil book! By Richard Postman - Second printing.
Review by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru
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Dave Manzer with Little Giant The Powerhammer Cycle:
How to Cure the Bang-Tap-Miss Blues

Power hammer tuning. A "must have" video for Little Giant owners, by Dave Manzer.
Review by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru
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Medieval Ironwork in England
Medieval Ironwork in England

English ironwork from 1050-1550.
Review by Bruce "Atli" Blackistone
The Art of Firing
The Art of Firing
By Nils Lou.
Designing and building potter's kilns and furnaces. Using light weight high efficiency refractorys and refractory ceramic coatings.
Review by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru
Controlling Your Air Hammer Video
Controlling Your Air Hammer
Mark Linn of the AFC presents Controlling Your Air Hammer
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.

Mini Rolling Mill Plans cover icon
Steel Rolling Mill
Plans for the revolutionary NEW Damascus rolling mill for small shops by Hugh McDonald of Western Australia.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.
The Golden Age of Ironwork
The Golden Age of Ironwork
Text by Henry Jonas Magaziner, Photographs by Robert D. Golding, a new release from from ShipJack press.
Review by David W. Wilson
Canedy-Otto Tool Catalog Reprint
Canedy-Otto Tool Catalog
Reprint of early 20th Century Canedy-Otto Mfg. Co. "Price List Number Eleven".
Review by John Neary
The Wonder of Knife Making by knifesmith Wayne Goddard
The Wonder of Knife Making

Master smith Wayne Goddard answers all your questions.
Review by Bruce "Atli" Blackistone
Colonial Wrought Iron - The Sorber Collection
Colonial Wrought Iron - The Sorber Collection

The new reference on Colonial American wrought iron hardware and other devices by Don Plummer, published by Skipjack Press. Review by Bruce "Atli" Blackistone, commentary by Jock Dempsey
History of the Screwdriver and Screw
One Turn

A Natural History of the Screwdriver and Screw.
Review by Bruce "Atli" Blackistone
Contemporary Ironwork
The Contemporary Blacksmith
Dona Z. Meilach author of Decorative and Sculptural Ironwork and many other crafts books does it again! If you need inspiration or want to know what the best metalsmiths are doing today this book is for you!
Review by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru


Cartoon characterture of Paw-Paw, Click to goto Paw-Paw's Corner
PPW Illustration by Darren Carroll
Paw-Paw's Corner
Book Reviews by Jim Paw-Paw Wilson author of
The Revolutionary Blacksmith

REVIEWS Include:
   Mousehole Forge by Richard Postman
   Southwestern Colonial Ironwork
   MECHANICK EXERCISES, Doctrine of Handy-Works
   The Blacksmith in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg
   THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH
   Shop Drawings of Shaker Ironware and Tinware
   Decorative and Sculptural Ironwork (another look)




The Pattern Welded Blade Artistry in Iron  by Dr. Jim Hrisoulas. A review by Patrick McGhee.

The Tactical Folding Knife  , Bob Terzuola's new book on folders. Review by John Neary.



The NEW Edge of the Anvil , Jack Andrews - The best general blacksmithing reference in print today.

Forging DamascusHow to Create Pattern Welded Blades, Jim Hrisoulas, Video demonstration of making a pattern welded "Damascus" blade.

Machinery's Handbook collection
MACHINERY'S   HANDBOOK , Industrial Press. A review of 91 years of the machinist's bible. UPDATED! Now includes topic comparisons and collectors details.

A Blacksmithing Primer , Randy McDaniel - A course in basic and intermediate blacksmithing


Pounding out the Profits
Douglas Freund - Historical tretise on mechanical power hammers.
Reviewed by Jock Dempsey, anvilfire guru.


Rare, Out of Print and Collectable
These are books of interest to blacksmiths that are out of print but may be available on the used book market. These reviews are presented here to make you aware of their existance and perhaps share a little of their content.

Locks from Iran
Locks from Iran

The Parviz Tanavoli collection, by Parviz Tanavoli and John T. Wertime. Published by the Smithsonian Institution as part of the American Bicentenial traveling exibition in 1976. OldLocks.com review by Jock Dempsey
Cover Image photo by Jock Dempsey
James Nasmyth: Autobiography
- Inventor of the steam hammer and shaper.
SEE The complete on-line version now hosted on the anvilfire story page!
Chainmaking in the Black Country NEW Book Review!

Chainmaking in the Black Country
A brief history of chain making and methods used in the 18th and 19th Centuries. By Ron Moss
Review with supplemental photos by Jock Dempsey
Working in Metals
Working in Metals

A young adults text suitable for all. New anvilfire eBook
Review and eBook by Jock Dempsey
Hand Forging NEW eBook!

Hand Forging and Wrought-Iron Ornamental Work
A text book for blacksmiths circa 1911. By Thomas F. Googerty

Review and eBook by Jock Dempsey
On The Construction of Locks and Keys
On The Construction of Locks and Keys

By John Chubb and 1850 classic. New anvilfire eBook

Review and eBook by Jock Dempsey


 


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