The Blacksmith's Cookbook and The Blacksmith's Project Book (2 Book Set)

2 Great Blacksmithing books
The Blacksmith's Cookbook and The Blacksmith's Project Book (2 Book Set)
Price: $79.95

The Blacksmith's Cookbook: Recipies in Iron: this book is a practical workbook written for practicing smiths. It covers forge equipment, the tools of the smithy and forge projects. It also offers many tips and techniques for the smith as developed over the 60 years that Francis Whitaker has spent at the anvil. In this book, the author has included his own formulas and techniques for the common problems involved in forging ornamental ironwork. Francis thoroughly discusses forges and forge equipment, tools for the smithy, and basic blacksmithing operations and how they are best performed. All this is filtered through his many decades of hand-on experience at the highest levels of blacksmithing. 

153 pages, illustrated with drawings and photographs.

The Blacksmith's Project BookThe Blacksmith's Project Book presents 20 original intermediate and advanced projects for blacksmiths looking to further hone their skills and learn techniques from European master smiths. This hardcover 248 page book, with over 900 high-quality photos, clearly explains the necessary steps and techniques for completing projects which include metallic fusion, damascening, chromatic finishing techniques, foldforming, patination, sculpture forging, and other interesting topics. Antonello Rizzo's first bestselling project book, Secrets of the Forge, contained almost 50 original projects by Italian master smiths for beginning and intermediate level blacksmiths. This excellent new book brings the level up a notch and has the intention of also serving as creative fodder for the smiths' own project designs. The bonus 21st chapter of this book is a fascinating essay presenting the essayist’s heartfelt thoughts on the restoration of old wrought iron. You can be sure that there is plenty of material in The Blacksmith's Project Book that will be of great interest to any practicing blacksmith.

Hardcover, 248 Pages and over 900 full color photographs


“This is an exceptional book with many projects that I plan to attempt myself.”  – Barry Myers, On the Anvil Newsletter

“I intend to put my review copy of this book in the Indiana Blacksmithing Association library and purchase a copy for myself because there are many fascinating projects in this book that I would like to try. The wide variety of subjects means there is something of interest for everyone”. – Bill Kendrick, The Forge Fire.

“I’m well pleased with my purchase. The text is clear, and the pictures are excellent. This is a worthwhile book to add to your personal library.” – Rob Fertner, Editor, Newsletter of the Central States Metal Artisans.

The Blacksmith's Project Book is an exceptional new publication.” -  Northern Rockies Blacksmiths Association Newsletter

 “This book would be helpful for any blacksmith trying to broaden their ideas and technique. - Monica Coyne, Artist Blacksmith

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Antonello Rizzo & Francis Whitaker