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Books for Blacksmiths

The Cosira books are, in my estimation, a very solid purchase no matter the subject.  In this case, their Decorative Ironwork is one of those blacksmithing books I'm happy to recommend.

I'm a sucker for the older style of writing and while the photographs might not be as amazing as what we could do today.... they are still fantastic!

Best of all, this book gives you actual measurements.  It's rare to find recipes because so many people today are stuck on this notion of just going with the flow and doing what you want.  This, of course, makes it impossible to judge works because there isn't a standard to measure by.

This is an intermediate level book, I think.  The projects require a level of familiarity with the processes of the smithy.  Anyone who completes these projects will certainly have bragging rights and it's been a longtime desire of mine to start at page one and simply forge every project between the covers.  Maybe that'd make for some good content?  Interested in seeing something like that?

It would certainly be a very good learning experience.  The projects might not be something you need for your home or a customer, but they would look fantastic simply as wall decorations.  If you do good work, let your work speak for you.

Decorative Ironwork is a valuable asset to have in your personal library.  Usually found online for less than twenty dollars delivered to your door, it's one of those purchases that it is hard to argue against.  It provides very simple, clear instructions, with photographs and measurements so you can check your work.  While the projects might seem daunting, being able to successfully forge even a small element from each project will pay dividends in your smithing career.

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The drill press is probably one of the most useful tools to have in the shop, and one that I use more than I would ever have imagined! To make it an even more versatile tool for the shop, when we reach this goal, we will add the excellent table made by Fireball Tools, or by shop for a vintage drill press that has better features, including a larger table. The addition of a larger table would allow for fixturing, the placement of jigs and fences, as well as supporting larger pieces. The drill press extension table sold by Fireball Tools is designed with the small shop in mind. Of course, if you're following along here at Three Rivers Forge, I'm sure you have the same passion for old tools that I do. Adding something like a Walker Turner radial arm drill press to the shop would be an amazing step forward. I can't say if one will be available at the time, or if it'll be available at a price I can afford, but I will certainly consider it an option. Small bricks build big walls, and little additions to the shop can make a tremendous difference in speed, efficiency, and design capabilities, as well as the overall ambience. Thank you for seeing the potential. Thank you for joining the team!

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