Here are the first two of M.T. Richardson's four classic books on black-smithing combined into an easy-to-handle volume. Together with its companion volume, containing Richardson's third and fourth books, it provides a basic resource for the modern blacksmith.
This volume begins with an account of the tools and equipment of black-smithing and continues with profuse illustrations, shop plans, and diagrams demonstrating various smithing techniques and discussions of iron and steel. Finally, there are the detailed, yet simple, practical descriptions of smith-ing's central processes, including drilling, fullering and swaging.
With the resurgence of interest in all aspects of blacksmithing, as well as increased enthusiasm for carriage restoration and horse ownership, Richardson's in-depth, practical information, with its emphasis on technique and craftsmanship, provides invaluable knowledge bound to excite anew generation of blacksmiths.