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I can’t believe we haven’t covered The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander G. Weygers yet! The Complete Modern Blacksmith is a volume containing three books written by Weygers, “The Modern Blacksmith”, “The Recycling, Use and Repair of Tools” and “The Making of Tools” published by 10 Speed Press.

The book contains a trove of material on setting up a low cost blacksmithing forge and blacksmithing basics, the making of blacksmithing tools, the making of just about every other kind of tool, such as chisels and screwdrivers — all the way to drills and milling cutters. It is the only book we’ve read that covers how to make a Watts-type square hole drill! Then there’s the woodturning lathe and tools. Anyway it’s a big mess of fun projects and with great detail and beautiful drawings by the author. Very “70’s” if you know what I mean.

The book has a list price of $19.95 and is available on Amazon for $13.57 and from other sellers for even less. Even if you never intend to do a bit of blacksmithing, the book is an entertaining read.

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3 Responses to A Good Read: The Complete Modern Blacksmith

  1. tmib_seattle says:

    This is really a great book. It’s one of the first ones I picked up when I first started smithing.

    Let me also recommend:
    The Blacksmith’s Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods by Charles McRaven
    The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith
    by Lorelei Sims

    Amazon even lists all 3 as “frequently bought together.”

  2. Cameron Watt says:

    Don’t forget Alex Bealer’s The Art of Blacksmithing!

  3. TMIB_Seattle says:

    Bealer’s book is ok. I know some folks that think it’s like the bible of smithing, but I don’t find it as useful as some of the other books in my collection. It’s definitely one to add to your library if you’re serious about smithing, but if you’re starting your smithing library, I’d get the above mentioned books first, then a copy of “The New Edge of the Anvil” before picking up “The Art of Blacksmithing”.

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