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Hand Forging and Wrought-Iron Ornamental Work 1911 by Thomas F. Googerty

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Here the author shows you the basics of blacksmithing but then takes you into decorative ironwork. Twelve chapters cover introduction, equipment, working at the forge, various forms of welding, twisting, scrollwork, box forging, embossing, drawer-pulls and hinges, door plates, iron lamps and more.

This is not about straightening the axle on an early automobile. It's about creating art, attractive items that almost anyone would want, both then and now. You'll learn the basics, but you'll get more ideas than the author has time to jump into like how twisted flat bars can be riveted into an impressive "scroll and twist grill". You'll learn to make braided handles, spirals, raised forms, rosettes, lamps and much more.

The text gives plenty of how-to, but I've seen more detailed texts. Googerty will show what is possible, and that's the strength of this book: ideas. Some of the constructions are very simple that any beginner should be able to do. Others look like Sam Yellin himself fabricated them. Any one idea can start you off in a new direction.

Code No. 011491, 197 pages, $17.00

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