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Steve Crum
05-07-2008, 09:23 AM
Grandpa was often noted as saying that "when you stop learning, it is a sad day for you". I've always followed that. Here I am 35+ welding years later and thinking outside the box (twilight zone). I want to gather more information. I can read the bible a dozen times and find new things each time. I enjoy reading as that is what puts me to sleep at night.
I would like to get a few new books with relatively up to date information on MIG, TIG and stick welding and of course plasma cutting. I have all processes and use each, but as stated I can always learn more. What book titles do you folks get the most useful information from? Bear in mind that I really don't need the very fundamentals or every other page safety warnings, been there done that, have the battle scars to prove it. I perfer bound paper books over CD rom so I can lay in bed at night and read a page or chapter at will.
I have Finch's Performance Welding book that I've gleaned some useful stuff from over the years. It looks like a Sears catalog in an outhouse these days.

05-07-2008, 12:40 PM
i'm an occasional weekend weldor, so that may color my opinion a bit,
but i like lincoln's "procedure handbook of arc welding" -- available on
lincoln's web site for $25 -- probably the cheapest book, pound for pound,
i've ever seen :-)

i also like going to used book stores and flea markets and getting
old (say pre 1950) mechanical engineering/shop books. they
seem to have a different, more hands-on, approach to things
compared to modern books. besides, they are fun to read :-)

your mileage may vary


Craig in Denver
05-07-2008, 09:56 PM
I'm an occasional weekend weldor, so that may color my opinion a bit, but I like Lincoln's "Procedure Handbook of Arc Welding" -- available on Lincoln's web site for $25 -- probably the cheapest book, pound for pound, i've ever seen :-)Me too. :) The problem with books, they're years behind the 'dreaded' internet and magazines. Another favorite on mine is "Modern Welding" by Althouse-Turnquist-Bowditch. But it's copyrighted 1992. The paperbacks sold by HomeDepot and Lowes are fairly up to date. Too many young weldors have never read a word about welding. I have 26" of welding books on a book shelf and have read all or most of them. There are hundreds of post-it's in their pages.

Mr Meck
05-24-2008, 12:00 AM
Check out the weld cracking article at lincolnelectric.com. Download and print it off. A good read.

06-25-2008, 10:43 PM
Having 10 or so books on welding text book type and the others. Most bog you down with a lot of info that you will never need if you are an artists/hobbyist or even a certified daily working welder. And they all seem to lack the info that comes up from time to time that we all need.
I have two candidates that I feel are a must have for the newbe or old hand.
The first is:
Welding Essentials: Questions and answers
Second Edition
by William L Gravery Jr
Frank M Marlow
Industrial Press
Trade Paperback

It is in a question and answer format that covers what is the most asked questions on safety, general welding of most types, as the contents page lists. With out all the theory and mumbo jumbo the text books put in.
In its 500 plus pages it has a great glossary with clear to the point definitions. Good clear illustrations. And a simple to understand safety info. Some fun stuff, ok I'm an fact geek for off beat info. Like what do all those numbers mean stamped on the neck are of the tanks etc.

Welding Fabrication & Repair
Questions and Answers
by Frank Marlow PE
Industrial Press
Trade Paperback

Again in the Q&A format, Dealing with real world fabrication issues. And tips and insights for solving them. They give clear concise info on the correct terms descriptions. Of steel, piping, tubing, and other stuff we tend not to know the correct terms or use age of scheduling # of pipe/tube and the wall thickness. Again the contents page and the back cover says it all.
If you weld these two should be on you shelf.

The attachments are the covers and contents sheet.
I have no other connection other than a statisfied reader/customer

06-25-2008, 10:49 PM
Creative Welded Sculpture
by Nathan Cabot Hale
Copyright ©1968 Waston-Guptill Publications
New revised edition copyright©1994
Dover publications Trade paperback
library shelf# 731.4'1

* Basic tools of welded sculpture
* Basic welding technique
* Constructing abstract shapes
* constructing organic shapes
* Modeling solid figures
* Finishing the sculpture
* Welding steel sculpture with the electric arc
* Welding large scale commissioned works
* Some notes on the economics of fine arts
* Gallery of sculpture-welders

Again originally done back in the day when they did include more than the author and friends works in a book. He shows you how to do the very things he is talking about. What a novel idea! It does have a lot of B&W photos of works and processes of the construction along with line drawings. He covers a lot of things that are generally left for another book from the publishers for you to buy. He has some stuff for the hammer and tong set in the relationship of constructing a piece and using all available techniques that will do the job.

This is another one that will further the education of somebody just starting out, or been whacking at it for a while. If nothing else used they are a lower dollar book. And a good read. Around here they turn up at the library books sales.

06-25-2008, 10:53 PM
Jewelry and Sculpture through unit construction
By: Patricia Meyerowitz
Bonanza Books
copyright©1967 hard cover

It was also published by Dover press
ISBN# 9780486236780
copyright©1978 2nd ed.
It is a true how I did it book. Even through it has jewelry in the title the only difference is in the scale of the units used. The book is filled with B&W photos of work and then she goes thru the process of making the units and the completed piece.The couple of pages on her creative thinking and the limits that are imposed on the pieces she creates due to the use of repetitive units etc. Were informative, more so if you lean towards a liking of massed same shaped objects and what assortment of different things that can be done with them.
Whether it be the bar and solid shapes to hollow or tubing slices.
If you are even a slight kin to the Count of Sesame Street, with the repetitive objects this may be one you will enjoy.


Just a note of explanation of why I don't just post the link to the book here. The only reason is the search engine is driven by your ISP zipcode to generate the locations of the books near you.

And just a short plug If the local library isn't hooked up with this search engine you might point it out to them. As some seem not to know about it

06-25-2008, 10:56 PM
Direct Metal Sculpture (Creative Techniques and Appreciation)
By: Donna Z. Meilach
A Schiffer Art Book revised edition.2001
Hard cover
ISBN# 0-7643-1254-5
What can be said about THE GRAND DAME of metal work, she did recently pass on to the big junk yard beyond. She has done more to expose more people to metal working, smithing, iron work in all forms by accident or on purpose than any three others.
I'm glad she got around to revising and updating it.
From the contents page shows
She covers the new equipment in the process section. And then goes on about the rise of the forges return in the art process. With a color plate section with new pictures of a new segment of what is called Public Art. A updated resource section.
The revised introduction tells more about metal art than most other books on the subject.
I could go on about it but will control myself. This is one though that I will recommend that you get from the library and at least read it.
This book is a must read

06-25-2008, 11:00 PM
The Thames and Hudson Manual of Direct Metal Sculpture
by: Trevor Faulkner
Thames and Hudson Ltd
Trade paper back
copyright© 1978
A short description, direct metal sculpture is done with no other media other than a pencil between the artist and sculpture. As others use a many step process from sketch to finished original.
There are a number of good and great works dealing with direct or additive sculpture. This can be added to them, It takes even a noob from the start to the end of the process.

Yes it is a higher education text book. Yet there are no chapter questions or quiz's. Whether you can weld or not, you can skip the basic info and just cover the interesting bits. After the tools, both hand and equipment, processes and materials.

He covers stuff other have missed or gone over lightly.

* Inlaying other materials or insertions
* Associated crafts and their connections
* Artist as director or craftsman
* Fixing and mounting both wall and floor along with a section on first aid. Which I have not seen in a text book or other on sculpture before

It has 144 illustrations drawings and B&W with 10 color plates of some amazing pieces
It is written by a practicing teacher with industrial and professional
you can try a library near you

06-25-2008, 11:04 PM
Welding Basics
An introduction to Practical & Ornamental Welding
by Editors
Creative Publishing International
copyright ©2004 Trade paperback

This is one you will see at the local home center, and other places that sell things of a mechanical nature. A slick paper full color, every tool new shot in a studio.(photo) With nary a spark burn in site.
Covers the standard for a basic intro book. On the types of welding, and cutting along with the equipment needed.

The second sections is 23 shop projects for the beginner level.
They are simple and clean in design. And could be done to good effect by the old hands to.
Shop,(rolling weld curtain frame,carts table)
Lighting,(lamps and candle holders)
Furniture(coat rack, kitchen stuff, headboard)
Outdoor(gate,boot brush and arbor).

All in all It is a well written and photographed intro welding and simple projects. If you have people asking about an inexpensive book this is probably the one to fill the bill.

Along with the great projects for the gifting season or all right what are you going to do with all them tools now that you got them.

06-25-2008, 11:08 PM
Oxy-Acetylene welding manual
Stock number 400124-28

You may only come across this one at a garage sale or in the sale bin at a flea market. But it is an interesting handy guide. It is chock full of gas welding info with good clear drawings and pictures. Mostly of their brand of product.
It has good descriptions of all the equipment plus Acetylene generators and calcium carbide.

I don't even know if NCG is still around or what name it is now they may have an update version. You can always ask your supplier if their company puts out a booklet.

06-26-2008, 06:26 AM
Audels Welders Guide
Question and answers
by: Frank D. Graham
Theo Audel & Co

This is another of the books that got me hooked on the subject of welding. It was written at a time when the field of welding was changing and improving rapidly. The advances are amazing when you compare the then to now.
It is a great look at the past and how far we have come. It does contain loads of info on gas welding that are still good today. Along with Drawings and B&W pictures it is set up in a Question and Answer format with an index of word linked questions so it is easy to use. I have dealt with some of the current Audels pocket trade info books in other reviews. They are a little different in layout and scope.
Forge and Fire welding was still considered part of the welding art, but was fast being replaced by electric welding in the field.
It has a brief description of each of the major welding areas at the time.

* Forge & Fire welding
* Resistance welding
* Arc welding
* Carbon arc welding
* Metallic arc welding
* Shielded arc welding
* Atomic Hydrogen welding
* Gas welding
* Thermit welding
* Fusion welding, as it was still up to discussion at this time which version of which society's definition would be used

Atomic Hydrogen Arc welding: In this method an alternating current arc is maintained between two tungsten electrodes,and at the same time, a stream of hydrogen gas is passed thru the arc and around the electrodes.
The atomic is referring to the change from an molecular state to an atomic state releasing a considerable amount of energy. I believe this was along the lines of a plasma type arc welding system that is no longer used since the advent of TIG.
As it had a monster of an hand piece but was considered extremely mobile at the time. Because of the fact that the arc is independent of the work so the work doesn't have to be grounded.
It has a complete chapter on eye protection and what happens and why you need it.
It is a good asset for the gas welding info, on sheet, SS, copper and other materials as gas welding was the most used system at the time after forge/fire welding due to costs of the equipment.
Some edition could be at a library near you

06-26-2008, 06:35 AM
The Oxy-acetylene Handbook 2nd-ed
Linde,Union Carbide welding products
copyright© 1943,1960

Sold as the be all and end book of its time on Oxy-Acetylene. It was used as text book in some advanced welding classes. It is divide into 7 parts and then in to sub chapters and sections of each subject covered.

* Part I General Principles of Oxy-Acetylene Process
* Part II Ferrous Alloys
* Part III Non-Ferrous Alloys
* Part IV Miscellaneous Applications
* Part V Cutting
* Part VI Inspection and Management
* Part VII other info

From covering the history and development of it. The application of the systems. Equipment, everything about the flame,more than you want to know about Oxygen and Acetylene production.

Everything you needed to about the assorted welding of iron and steel and braze-welding.

Non ferrous covers from lead,Aluminum,copper and alloys. nickel and alloys, to magnesium.

Then moves on to bronze-surfacing,hard-facing, wear rod application,Silver brazing heat and flame-treating.

To four chapters on cutting, then on to inspection and management.

To finish up with something I hadn't see before now The air-acetylene flame and its uses, of course at the time I got this I had no use for the presto lite style torch.

06-26-2008, 06:38 AM
Introduction to Welding
Ronald F Gonzales and I G Edmonds
ISBN 0-06-453303-4 trade paperback
Canfield Press

This is a hobbyist type book when it was written. As it only covered stick arc and oxy-acetylene welding. As it is for the beginner and or somebody coming into welding with little knowledge or experience. It goes thru the basics, along with the equipment,metal prep, types of welds. Along with inspection and testing during practice. It has a lot of photos and some drawings so you can see what is going on.
It does finish up with, art metal sculpture welding, not an in depth discussion, but more than other books on welding give to the area. The home shop, and about were to go from here. On to TIG and MIG welding.

It does give a pretty good description and info on the solid oxy type welding system. which the younger crowd may not know about. Lucky for me I knew somebody that had one, and heard about the oxygen pellets only lasting for 8 minutes and having to be reloaded.Since I already had the full rig I didn't become seduced by their advertising and purchase a set up.
But if I find one in the box with pellets I may buy one now for a collectors /talking item of the good old days.

All in all if you are looking for a good step by step of stick and gas welding and cutting. With none of the other welding covered then this is the one for you.

06-26-2008, 06:40 AM
Welding, Principals and Applications 3rd
by: Larry Jerffus
Delmar Publishers
copyright ©1993

Well as text books go it was a pretty good read, All though I will say that when ever you are buying a text book type book or one in a field that changes or advances rapidly. You have to make sure the copyright date is recent (3to4 years) or that it has been revised to keep up with the advances.

It has lots of B&W pictures, drawings and diagrams. Along with some color pictures in a section related to the chapters that can use color pictures to show things better.

06-26-2008, 06:42 AM
Modern Welding Practice
by: Althouse,Turnquist,Bowditch,Bowditch et all
Goodheart-Willcox Publishers
copyright©1951,1958,1967,70,76,80,84 plus recent editions

Well what can one say about the book that started it all in welding in high school. The green version, back when the choice was no choice about what book to use as a text.
Its covered more than we wanted to know at the time. As all we cared about was making sparks and making cool stuff.
It has been up graded when the tech changes enough for welding to become necessary. There is a current newer edition out there now, than either one shown.
The latest versions have better B&W pictures and more of them, more drawings in two colors better to highlight the process they are describing.
This area of the bookdom is open to interpretation, as everybody seems to favor the one they learned on so to speak.
They all cover the welding field from soup to nuts. with charts and stuff that you might need or not.
The local library probably have a number of them on their shelfs.
You can check them out to see which style you like. Before ordering one as they aren't big sellers at your local book sellers.

If you are looking for a general cover it all books on welding and cutting.These are the ones

06-26-2008, 06:47 AM
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding handbook
by William H Minnick
Goodheart-Willcox co.

After much looking around at stand alone and combination welding instruction books. I settled on this one. As it only covered the GTAW, or TIG as it once was called.
Looking for something that had all the info on the subject, so I can have the knowledge to make a decision on buying a machine to do the welding I could possibly do in the near term. Along with the pointers from the people here. I figured that it would be a walk in the park!
Well It does cover just about everything one could want or need in a book.

* The process
* Operation and safety
* Equipment
* Auxiliary equipment and systems
* Shielding gases and regulators
* Filler materials
* Welding joints and types
* Tooling and equipment setup
* Manual welding techniques
* Covering aluminum,magnesium,copper and copper alloys,steel and steel alloys, stainless steel,nickel,nickel alloys,titanium, pipe and dissimilar metals

Then moving on to semi auto and automatic welding, quality control/inspection,welding repair. Qualification and Certification estimating costs and a good reference section.
Since it is a text book for training purposes. It is set up to cover the subject matter in the chapter heading and only that. You don't have to hunt thru a large chapter if you want some bit of info.
It also means that if you have no interest in some subject matter. Such as the titanium welding in a bubble with an inert atmosphere you can skip that chapter or section of the chapter with out wondering if you have missed something else.

I will say that this book is up there with the ones that everyone should have on their reference shelf.

06-27-2008, 06:20 AM
Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements
by: Henry T Brown
trade paper back
If nothing else this book points out two things people tend to over look in todays world.

* Somebody probably has, Been there and Done that
* And everything old is new again, at some point.

A lot of our stuff today is an updated old technology. This book is as still important today as it was when it first hit the shelves.
Whether it is for figuring out, the way to make something in the shop do something you want. Or just finding out how did they do that. This book has a number of competitors with various numbers in the titles. This is the best I have seen, with complete descriptions of the operation of the device.

* Æoilpile, Hero's steam toy
* Cams,cams and more cams
* Epicyclic gear trains
* Escapements
* Miscellaneous movements of which one can only wonder what the inventor had in mind
* Windmills

It is filled with stuff to fill many a rainy afternoon, pondering that age old question. What were they thinking!
And the most important reason for this book it is the secret weapon of kinetic, or motion artists along with some of the roller ball construction artists.

It or its close cousin is on the web in assorted places.
google book search is your friend http://books.google.com/
one version or another should be on the shelfs

06-27-2008, 06:25 AM
Mechanical Devices for the electronics experimenter
by: Britt Rorabaugh
TAB Books
ISBN #0-07-053547-7
Trade paperback

As a book for the home or small shop wacker, this can add another dimension to the builds of things useful for you. in the shop.

* Basic mechanical principles,then into sub heading of them
* Sensors and controls
* Motors
* Motor control
* Stepper motors
* solenoids
* Gear and pulleys
* Other mechanical stuff
* Pneumatic systems
* Vacuum systems
* Hydraulic systems
* Wheeled vehicles
* Arms,legs and hands

All of the above areas, are sub divided into sections of info.
Hydraulic systems are further divided

* Cylinders and pistons
* Hydraulic press
* Applications for the hydraulic press
* Hydraulic robot gripper
* Hydraulic cylinders
* hydraulic pumps hydraulic accumulators

Now the hydraulic press referred to is not the press we generally are interested on this board. But the work done by the hydraulic pressure.
It covers some interesting uses of automotive parts for other uses, and the conversion of them. Such as using a EGR valve as an actuator or converting a bicycle pump to a vacuum pump.
Along with the basic info for shafts,linkages,springs,bearing and shafting.
He also has a number of the most important formula's that you need.
The electronics changes fast and might be out of date. This has only a limited amount in it and mostly about stepper motors. Since I have removed the motors and solenoids out equipment for the last 10 years. I should be in the ballpark. But it is true if you are going to use some of this stuff you may want to check and see if the tech has improved.
All in all it does cover a lot of the areas that turn up in wacking in the shop mostly late at night.

06-27-2008, 06:31 AM
Beginning Powder Coater's Handbook
By Tracy Norris
ISBN# 0-9752652-7-X
Self published soft cover.
You can contact the author @ PCH_Author@ Yahoo.com

It may be only 67 pages long, but it will give the basic understanding of the process, equipment, and every other step and items needed to do your own or set up a small powder coating shop. As with all books this does not claim to be the only book you will need. but if your are thinking about starting up a shop or just curious about it from hearing about it. This is the one source to answer the questions you probably have. For the biz end of it you will of course need a few more strictly small biz books. I own it and will be using it in the future.
This is a copy of my long standing amazon book site review of the book.

Steve Crum
06-27-2008, 08:06 AM
Thanks for taking the time to list out all these useful books, I really appreciate it as I'm sure many others do also.
It's pretty infrequent these days that I get to the local fleamarkets, and rummage sales are out of the question. But when I do I try to pick up anything dealing with welding and fabricating when I run across it.

06-28-2008, 05:33 PM
How to build a Radial Arm Flame Cutter
by Richard B Walker
When you first see this tool its screams, build me you need me. Upon further thought, rereading a week later. It may not seem like something that needs to be moved to the top of the list unless you are cutting a lot of stuff.
This may be a problem finding. As it is a self published booklet/plans to build this tool.
Being done in 1985,and all. The author was located in Irvine California, were he had a shop. He may be known to some on this forum.

* Introduction
* Plans
* Track Assembly
* Carriage
* Torch Clamp
* Elevation Shaft Swivel Clamp
* Mast and Arm
* Mast Mounting Base
* Setup and Operation

20 pages of instructions, drawings and photos. Covers building it,setting it up and using it booth for straight cuts and radial cuts.
Today it is sort of pushed to the back with plasma cutters but was an interesting concept and very clean and simple of design and build . Not to mention the operation.

Since i posted this on another site I have learned it was a Lindsay publication at some recent past time.

06-28-2008, 05:38 PM
The Jeweler's Directory of Decorative Finishes
by Jinks McGrath
Kp Books
copyright©2005 in the US
A Quartro publishing plc
London ©2005

Right up front let me say that I am a fan of Ms. Jinks McGrath. Her writing style, and her metal work. Also this is another of the dual published works. So the terms used may note be what us on this side of the pond are use to, But they do a better job with this book then others.
As the covers shows, and it has been stated many times in this forum. Sample chips, tabs with corresponding numbers to good notebook with info about the formula's and steps taken do wonders for the repeatability of a patina or other decorative finish.
Starting out with a review of the safety and basic tools and equipment that you will be using. Then moving on to a separate chapter on each technique.

* Stamps and hammering, from a quick how to make the stamps to clear bright pictures and plenty of samples
* Rolling mill texturing, picking the material to use and samples of them
* Fusing
* Polished,matt and satin finishes
* Etching
* Patination and oxidization
* Casting
* Press Forming
* Reticulation
* Gold and silver foil (leafing)
* granulation
* Enameling
* Engraving
* Inlay
* Chasing and repoussé

It is a glossy papered full color book,lots of pictures of the items being discussed. Not so much of the work table and beyond is shown very nice closer upper pictures so you can see it. The style of book chapters is nice too.
They start with a section on the Technique with a bit of background info, relevant safety info, tools and materials required. With clear instructions and illustrations. Then the showcase of hers and others work with the technique. a listing of the materials used,description of how it was done. Along with numbers to related sample of additional techniques if required. They follow this format thru out all of their books, Hence the name Quartro!
All in all if you are into smaller pieces, or elements of large constructed work this book may be of interest. If you do the knife, jewelry or other ornamental work. It might be a must have.

06-28-2008, 05:43 PM
Creating with metal
by K E Granstrom
Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.
ISBN# 0-442-11241-6

This is a small Hobbyist type book popular in the 60's and 70's. Minimum equipment and tools, along with some very nice looking projects considering the type of book it is.

* Workshop techniques, tools and equipment
* Materials, from silver and golds to Babbitt metal is covered
* Material sizes and shapes to, joining of the non welding kind
* Surface treatments include mechanical decoration to the finishing and patina
* Working drawings,and pictures of easy projects
* Working drawings of more difficult projects
* Smithing and forgings covers some basic skills and bar twisting and slitting to form the basket type devices in a length of bar stock with a number of simple projects
* Then covers their version of oil treatment for a finish in less than a paragraph
* Ending with a gallery of further examples of work and ides

There is no difference made between the smithing forging projects, household decorative aluminum ware type, or jewelry. As they consider it all with in the realm of metal work.
This one is up there with the work of Dona Z Meilach, Direct Metal Sculpture.

This one should be at least looked up to see if the local library or one near you with inter-department loan has it.
http://worldcat.org/ This is a web based catalog of library books around the world works on the zip code of your ISP. whether here in the US/Canada or on the other side of the world if you are working their.:D

06-28-2008, 06:18 PM
Horseshoe~Nail Crafting
by Hans Carlbom
A Little Craft Book Series
Sterling publishing
ISBN#0-8069-5280-6 Trade paperback
#0-8069-5281-4 hardcover
Also published in Sweden, and London

Here is another of the old style, craft work books from the 70's. This is another one that got me interested in the metal arts. I can remember the horseshoe nail wall hanging sculpture hanging on the wall of a doctors office.It was a geometric form with brazing connection points with the brassey look against the dark iron color, that caught my attention.

* Before you begin, some info on the nails
* Bending The Horseshoe Nails what and how
* Joining without soldering
* Soldering Horseshoe Nails
* Horseshoe-Nails Jewelry
* Hanging decorations
* Functional Horseshoe Nail Decoration, Candlesticks,Scones,Mirror Frames,Chessmen
* Horseshoe Nail Painting, using the nails to make abstract designs on a cloth or wood background

Truly a minimalist craft book with lots of B&W photos and a minimum of words used to describe the processes. This one as all of their other books are great buys as they are being taken out of service at libraries. In all parts of the country, this one came from the State Library of South Dakota and was bought on Amazon.
Something for the show artist to have for a lower cost small items. Ideas. Along with the prairie engagement/wedding bands.

06-28-2008, 06:25 PM
Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife shop
by Wayne Goddard
Krause Publishing

Here is one that not only Knifer's that may not be familiar with Wayne Goddard. But anybody in to heating and pounding metal will enjoy. From somebody that may only want to make one or two or just trying their hand at it. To the person that is wondering how they start out with out all that fancy equipment.

* The beginning his start
* The forged knife
* The stock removal method and finishing
* Backyard heat treating
* Damascus steel
* Home made grinders
* Tribal knifemaking

The non knife making metal artist will find it interesting for the sections on making billets from cable wire/rope for knifes or other things. He shows how he gets his patterns in the finished steel.
He goes over his small one brick forge and his device he uses to heat treat the blades. Along with his home made grinders single wheel or the belt versions with drawings and points out the areas that need attention.
He doesn't pull any of the mumbo-jumbo of the trade secrets as some do. He appears to have over the time he has been making and teaching knife making written freely of any of things he has learned.
Lots of pictures, and drawings. A nice color temp chart,along with the gallery of some of his work.
It is being sold for $4.95 as a remainder at that site.:D

06-28-2008, 06:31 PM
Amazing Origami
Kunihiko Kasahara
Sterling Publishing

A basic book on the standard geometry type shapes etc with the basic folds etc. In it, Lots of color pictures and drawings and diagrams. with the fold and other direction symbols.

Jungle Animal Origami
by Duy Hguyen
Sterling Publishing

A book on more complex folds, that result in members of the animal kingdom. Again starting with the basic folds and the symbols used in the drawings to make the animals. Lots of numbered step by steps. with at least one color photo of the piece finished.

Origami Myths & Legends
by Duy Ngugen
Sterling Publishing
ISBN# 1-4027-4063-8

This one covers myths and legends from flying and standing dragons,Cerberus,Hydra and Unicorns. starting with the basic information on the folds, and symbols it is a number step by step in colored drawings with a least one color picture of the finished piece.

What is nice about Sterlings books on Origami is the clear each fold step drawings. Gives one the advantage in working in sheet metal. Better to hide the joints when you have to, as it is often forgotten that each time you fold you at least double the thickness. It also will let you see what can be disregarded in building each one. As only needed if truly folding it up from a solid sheet.

If you are in the mood to fold up some metal the thickness of paper. Hit your local or on line tool & die supplier for the stainless steel,brass and copper shim sheet stock. Or the suppliers of foil for craft work. Then a large flat block of wood and a mallet will come in handy for crisping the folds.

The above books are from a remainder bookseller that I found when the Origami thread started, Since it has come back up now is as good a time as any to introduce them.

Again I'm only a satisfied customer, not involved with this dealer.

06-29-2008, 06:19 AM
Creative Silver Chains
20 dazzling Designs
by Chantal Lise Saunders
Lark Books

Another one of those cross over books. One that is for a metal artisan, no mater what material and scale they work in. As with the other book on chain making. Metal artist lose something when they just throw a section of single jack and or proof coil chain at their project. It does take away form them, with hand made or forged links it adds a little more of the buy they really thought this out.

Since a lot of what jewelers do is a scaled down version of full size industrial metal work with pricey material. there is no reason that one can't take the scale back up the other direction.

This is another Lark book, filled with color photo's of the step by steps and good clear simple descriptions of the making of the links for each of the 20 or so projects. Yes this is designed around making a link of chain, then sort of you decide, earrings, bracelets or necklaces. It does show to better examples how a link it self can be made into a piece of art.

* Artful chain making
* Materials
* Studio essentials
* Techniques
* Projects, circle,amoeba,bar,scallop square cross,butterfly etc.
* Key to wire gauges
* Gallery contributors
* About the artist
* Glossary
* Acknowledgments
* index

Some of the design ideas in this book would make an interesting wind chime elements.

06-29-2008, 11:04 AM
Copper Work(An Illustrated Text Book for Teachers and Students in the manual arts)
By: Augustus F Rose
A reprint by Lindsay Publications
Copyright © 1989 trade paperback reprint

This is a golden reprint, Rose did a number of books relating to the metal arts, that have been reprinted time and time again. They are well laid out, thought out and illustrated with clear line drawings. They also contain patterns of the type and style that was popular at the time. He was the originator of the from a lot of the manual arts texts books took, before the enlightenment of the 70's and filling them with stuff most never use.

It does go over the tools you need and covers the material and its type and use. It has drawings of hammer heads and B&W picture of some hammers, along with raising stakes. Everything that is used in the book is covered.
If you are looking for some interesting and different projects. Drawer , door pulls and hinges. Desk corners, sconce, picture frames,Spoons and sugar tongs.

Escutcheons and hinge tails, two words that have become slightly corrupted down thru the years.

Escutcheons is the plate with a key hole in it that surrounds the opening in the wood or metal, to finish off the area.
Hinge tails were the decorative parts of the hinge that held a design along with giving more surface area for the screws or pins to hold to the object.

Making of rivets in copper is covered,with drawing wire and small dia tubes. Watch fobs, (today think key chain tags or zipper pulls). Along with a short section on engraving copper and enameling.

On coloring he only goes over liver of sulphur/pumice rub.
Fuming with spirits of ammonia
And heat coloring with is describe in one sentence.
"Beautiful colors are obtained by heating the object to different degrees, over a gas plate,but these are not permanent."

For the money this book is it is well worth gleaning the info from it.
is it at a library near you

06-29-2008, 11:08 AM
Art of Coppersmithing(A practical Treatise on working sheet copper into all forms)
By: John Fuller Sr
The Astragal Press
Originally copyrigthed©1893
This reprint©1993 trade paperback

Another great collection of the forgetten gems of the Tinman and Brazier.
As Mr Fuller started in the biz along with his father when he was 9 thru 15 years of age.
As he came along in the trade and found nothing to aid in teaching the good boys at his side in the book stalls of London. He wrote something.

* From the opening chapter Historical sketch of copper
* the experience of the years for the boys
* repair and tinning
then each chapter on the item construction
* Then from the washing coppers,hand bowls frying, pans closet pans,water ***** tea-kettles
* On to beer mullers,funnels,coffee pots, and assorted sauce pans to fish kettles
continuing on to the household item construction
* Coal scoops ,cranes and syphons
* from pumps, railway and marine items
* making copper pipe, making bends, short, long and double
* And own to brewery and still work

With over 65 chapters on copper work in various pieces,474 illustrations in the old style fine line detail. Over 300 pages and a complete index.It makes a wonderful addition not only for reading to you see how did they do that. But as a historical trade reference or for the metal practitioner to build reproductions today.

Some templates and patterns are shown and how to do them is also covered.
The only caution I will put out here is as food and medical science has progressed. They have found out that copper isn't good for all cooking things as they did in the past.

And for the money this book costs both as an educational information source, and entertainment it is well worth it.

could be at your local branch library

Astragal Press was recently bought by this company:
This company http://www.mailordercentral.com/cbc/default.asp
They also go under this name with their other publishing ventures Crafts, other metal arts and blacksmithing along with glass, beads, wood and baskets.

06-29-2008, 11:11 AM
Weathervanes and Whirligigs
By Ken Fitzgerald
Clarkston N. Potter,Inc
copyright©1967 Hard cover
LCCCN #67-24605

Another oldie but a goody, If you can find it. It is about metal and wood vanes and mostly wood gigs. Filled with line drawings all grouped together under their headings. As in the contents, If you are looking for inspiration for really retro vanes and gigs (1700's-1800). Then this is for you, Not like the modern books that give only a passing mention to the early stuff.
As most gigs are wooden and simple of movement and design. They are good candidates for conversion into metal art. He also shows and labels the makers cardinal points style, that they used from vane to vane.

06-29-2008, 11:13 AM
Metalwork for Craftsmen
by:Emil F Kornquist
Copyright©1972 Dover reprint trade paperback
original©1942 as Art Metalwork McGraw Hill

All the old farts on this forum, will remember this style of school shop text book. Line drawings in a fine style, processes and tools explained. Then the projects along with the process steps need to complete them. From raising, etching, chasing,repousee,soldering, and shaping and forming of sheet,bar and round stock. Sheet tin,copper,brass steel. What today are the retro stuff that is coming back in style:

* Ash trays
* Candlesticks
* Napkin clips
* Beakers
* Pitchers
* Trays
* Bowls
* Ladles
* Bud and flower holders and vases

The project list goes on for 55 projects. As this was designed for adult education. For people in leisure time hobby type pursuits. Its cover the basics to get started with the easier project and progresses with the skill level acquired.
When it was updated the supplier list was removed (outdated) and the book list also. A number of B&W pictures of the projects were added.
As Mr Kronquist stated in his preface"five hundred work sketches have been used to describe the procedures. The reading matter has been reduced to the minimum and includes only such information as is pertinent to the immediate work at hand."
If you are looking for in depth coverage of subjects, this isn't for you. If you are looking for useful and a retro fun read and simple projects that can be detailed with your style then this is a book for you.
Another at a library near you or possibly on line

06-29-2008, 11:17 AM
American Antique Weather Vanes
(The complete Illustrated Westrvelt Catalog of 1883)
AB & WT Westervelt
Dover reprint trade paperback
part of the Dover Pictorial Archive series
copyright ©1982

What can be said about these books put out by Dover. Being in the signage industry before computers. Some of my early work can still be seen in caves. Copyright free material along with ideas for what people had seen somewhere and wanted. Along with not being an able or fast pencil artist. These books were a great time savers, As was a copy machine, and transparencies along with projectors.
They still have their place for ideas on the look of the old school stuff that is popular today.

Along with the fact that with the Dover series for graphic and craft applications You can use them for up to ten limited editions with out any permissions from Dover.
I will cover some other ones that can be of value for the metal artist.
I couldn't say it better than the back cover blurb.

06-29-2008, 11:23 AM
Machinery's Handbook Pocket Companion
Edited and compiled by Richard P Pohanish
Industrial Press small trade paperback
copyright ©2000
ISBN# 0-8311-3089

It has the stuff that comes up from time to time in most type shops dealing with metal and machines. If you have wanted a copy of the Machinery's handbook but have been stopped by the hefty price. Because it would only be be used on occasion. This may be for you.
it covers the areas that comes up more than the other stuff.

* Math tables, formula's
* Threads
* Grinding wheels
* Properties of materials
* Gearing among others

Small enough for the glove box or tool box. It might be one to considerer.

Don't know if your local library has this one, but they will have a edition of the fullsized one

06-29-2008, 12:26 PM
I found some useful info in "101 Uses for a Dead Cat". In particular, a pencil sharpener that might be adaptable as a Tungsten sharpener, sort of like this.


06-30-2008, 06:26 AM
Machinist's and Metalworkers pocket reference
by: Ronald Walsh
copyright ©2000

A handy glove or tool box field guide for the metal worker. It has 12 chapters and is divided into sub chapters to cover each area.

* Modern metalworking machinery,gages and measuring devices
* U.S. customary and metric (SI) measures and conversions
* Materials physical properties characteristics and uses
* Thread systems
* Fastening devices properties and dimensions
* Machining,machine tools and practices
* Tool steels
* Sheet metal practices
* Heat-treating steels and nonferrous alloys
* Electroplating and other finishes for metals
* Societies,associations institutes and specification authorities
* Safety practices in the metalworking industry

It does pack a lot of information into a small book. But when you need it it is there. From the dictionary of alphabet soup letters and which societies they belong to, to the address, to the list of ANSI standards by category (ANSI/ASME B1.20.1-1983 pipe thread inch). You might see on plans/drawings to the trademarks and who they belong to. B&W pictures,charts,tables and drawings. It is all in here.

06-30-2008, 06:32 AM
Here are three of Audels pocket manuals. That may be of interest here. Since Some are in the trade of lifting and attaching iron, and most that have a shop. Need a electrical help or clarification now and then.
Pipefitters and welders pocket manual
by: Charles N. McConnell
copyright©1997 small trade paperback
Macmillan Publishing

Mechanical Trades pocket manual 3rd
by: Carl A.Nelson
ISBN# 0-02-5886650-7
copyright©1986 small trade paperback
Macmillan Publishing

Electricians Pocket Manual
by:Paul Rosenberg
ISBN# 0-02-036425-3
copyright©1997 small trade paperback
Macmillan Publishing
Cover pics are in the next post

From soup to nuts these cover a generous amount of information in a small package. Lots of drawings, photo's, charts and tables. Not in depth on any one area, but enough to get through most things that come up and stump the experts.
As these are for the working in the trade. But are great for the occasional user.

Here is a site that always has them, and a lot of others.

06-30-2008, 06:34 AM
Here is the cover pics for the
Electricians Pocket Manual
by:Paul Rosenberg
ISBN# 0-02-036425-3
copyright©1997 small trade paperback
Macmillan Publishing

06-30-2008, 06:39 AM
Pocket Ref
by: Thomas J Glover
Sequoia Publishing small format paperback
copyright©1997 2nd.ed.
ISBN# 1-88507-00-0

Two more reference books that covers so many things that we need to know and can't seem to find fast. This one was the first version put out. Covers various things and item around the shop, and home.

* Air and Gas
* Carpentry and Construction
* Chemistry and Physics
* Constants, Chemical,Physical and Math
* Electrical
* Electronics
* General Information and Science
* Geology
* Glue, solvents and Paint
* Hardware,Math, Money
* Mine, Mill and Aggregate
* Plumbing and Pipe
* Rope,Cable and Chain
* Steel and Metals
* Tools and Water
* Weights and properties of Materials
* Welding
* And other stuff

It its revised every coupe of years. It does have drawings of items.
and it is set up in groupings of the above headers and some I didn't put in. A great general info base for not much money. Harbor Fright sells them. And a lot of places have them in the tool section or at the register as an impulse buy.

Handyman In your Pocket
Industrial maintenance edition
by Richard A Young
Thomas J Glover
Sequoia Publishing small format paperback
Copyright© 2001 1st ed

This version is twice as thick and set up and geared to the industrial or commercial side. Every section is expanded in coverage. They have added some and left some out.

* Anchors
* Belts,Pulleys and Gears
* Bolts and Threads
* Drafting Symbols
* Nails Spikes and Staples
* Pipe and fittings
* Pump and Tanks
* Sheet Metal, Plate and Wire
* Along with more

If you ever have wondered why there are so many different plug configurations this has the charts with drawings of them all or most of them that you would likely see.
In the Sheet Metal Plate and Wire section it covers

* Weights of cold rolled sheet steel
* Weights of galvanized sheet steel
* Steel plate sizes
* Standard steel sheet gauges
* Standard wire gauges

Measure for Measure
by Richard A Young
Thomas J Glover
Sequoia Publishing small format paperback
ISBN# 1-889796-00-X
copyright ©1997

This is the desk references for non math people, It covers the SI units, Which is the International system of units. Covers the history, both here and abroad along with the basics. (Metric info)
The rest is close to most every conversion formula out there. Whether its is ancient units of ones from other countries that have their own systems. Or if the guy that brought you the plans for the ramps for his ark did them in cubits. this will show you how to convert them back into something you can use.
It has a section that groups like measures together. It also has one on the Abbreviations used, along with conversion factors. Running close to 900 pages it is still a tool box sized book if need be.
But by now i have given you a tool box full of books with no room for tools


They are available at a lot of places were tools are sold, or at the above. And as said before I'm only a satisfied customer!

07-01-2008, 06:56 AM
Plain and Ornamental Forging
by: Ernst Schwarztkopf
Astragal Press
original copyrights ©1916,1930
reprint copyright©2000
trade paperback
Right up front, I am not a smith. I have done a limited amount of smithy type iron work. I found this one when I was looking for a book that covered some of the more decorative work. Referred to as art forgings. After seeing the demo's on the web and some of the tools that are used for it. I will say that most have had there start if not there total origins in this book.
Composed of 12 chapters starting with the properties of iron moving on to the forge, and then to tools. With a brief description and either uses or what section its use is in.
Then come the practice exercises,simple stuff to start, hammer wedges,meat hook, S hook, staples and forging nails.
As the parties knowledge base is built up after the explanations then through the exercises.
Moving on up through welding, forging and forging exercises.
On to the properties of steel, annealing, hardening and tempering. Tool making, Advance forging some power hammer with the steam hammer covered along with the tools for the power hammer.
Finishing up with the art forging exercises, of mostly flowers and leaves including making leaves with angle iron, hammered metal work and a small section on Repousee or embossed work, leaf hammering and the acanthus leaf.
The appendix has a bunch of old timey stuff like drilling a square hole, twisting band iron cold. And some welding tips for some of the new stuff.(at the time 1916/1930)
All in all I have to say that this book is worth twice the price that it cost, 280 some pages, crisp clear line drawings of the items and processes being discussed. This is a winner, it is one of the foundation books of the new blacksmithing. Whether some of the people in the trade will admit it or not.

this is one that turns up at the libraries as a general info book on blacksmithing
It could be here or in one of the other online libraries

07-01-2008, 07:01 AM
Metal Corrugation Surface Embellishment and Element Formation for the Metalsmith.
by: Patricia McAleer
Out of the Blue Studio; trade paper back
Box 1163
San Clemente Ca 92672
A very interesting book on what amounts to surface decoration of the metal and incorporating it into the work you are doing. Covers every aspect form planing the corrugations. To the equipment you need to form them from hand making them with modified needle nose to fancy and not so fancy rolling mills.
How warm or slump glass, and enamel and other can be worked in to the piece.
Along with tools, materials, techniques for various types of corrugations. And there use in form folding, die forming, a short mention of repousee, waxes and casting.
Gallery of artists, projects and a very nice tip section with pictures of the examples along with descriptions called observations.
Terms and tables, resources
On the whole a enlightening book that can be applied to metal work in general. Whether it be jewelry or metal sculpture.

One word it has turned up on the lets gouge the reader lists with an inflated price. You can contact the author, or one of the jewelry suppliers such as
Or any of the like suppliers, before getting beat on the price.

07-01-2008, 07:07 AM
Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers & Metalsmiths
by: Susan Kingsley
20-Ton Press trade paper back
copyright©1993 3rd edition
ISBN# 0-9635832-04
20-Ton Press
Box 222492
Carmel California
Even though this book is another of the artist self published, like the last one it is of a higher standard as the pictures are of a better quality. That you can see what is in them. And understand what the author is talking about with the aid of the visuals.

* Equipment
* Non-conforming Dies
* Conforming Dies
* Blanking Dies
* Die Variations and Combinations
* Glossary
* Appendix and Index

At slightly less than 100 pages. It covers the subject matter of art metal die work as no other book does. You can find die work books for industry that gives the info. It explains all the needed info to start with simple dies and move up, along with the background information. She gives tips and tricks, and covers information in the appendix that you might be hard pressed
to find on your own.
She gives enough pictures of examples of her work that you get a good idea of what can be done.
She is the Dean if you will of die forming.It does show building your own press,from parts that can be had with out a full shop. A line of the resources, suppliers and the like finish it out.
This is another one of the books that are hawked as rare and difficult to locate,and can be way over priced. Again contact them at the above address if you can't find it at a jewelery supplier. As it is put out every couple years.
could be at a library near you

07-01-2008, 07:13 AM
Bent Iron Work
Including Elementary Art Work
by: Paul Hasluck
original copyright ©1903
copyright ©1996 reprint trade paperback
Another great one that has all the bases covered. Other than modern welding practices. It covers all that a new student would need to know. Filled with almost 270 illustrations on the work being discussed.

* Tools and materials
* Bending and working strip iron
* Simple exercises in bent iron
* And moving on to the list of items in the contents each type having its own chapter or section of a chapter

A nice feature is that the constructions of the scroll work item are lettered like paint by numbers so you can follow and keep track.
If your are one that likes the old style scroll work or period stuff from the big abbeys in England(screens) than this will be worth the money to pick up. It doesn't cost much and it's another that should probably be on your shelf just in case. It has a lot on how they connected them back in the day before cheap and wide spread welding equipment.
From hanging lamps and pot hangers to the ornate mirror and picture frames its here!

Surprise your self, it could be in a library near you

07-01-2008, 07:23 AM
I am going to say for most, this book is a don't bother for the reasons I state. These are my opinion on this book. At one time it might have been worth it. now it is a "gotcha" money maker for who ever holds the copyright and is printing it.
Welding Secrets 2nd edition
by: Hal Wilson
copyright 1990
Flyco Machine co.
You can get it here, if you want old school and just to say you have it!:D

This 60 pager should rightly be called a welding shop tip book, as more than half are dealing with other shop stuff. The other thing this I believe, was originally conceived and done in the 40's 50's or 60's
and reprinted in the 90's.
I know that most work as far as welds go on amusement rides should be done by a cert'ed welder like the flying coaster tracks, and a lot of the other secrets. Should remained for the history books as most of the charts and tables in the appendix are from the Lincoln company.
And shop work and welding have come far from these tips. Welding truck frames,shafts and everything else. Most are only a short paragraph. There are a lot of B&W pictures that also look and give the vintage feel. Like looking thru the family album at the old slightly darkened pictures from time.
Again for somebody right of the street,and having an interest in absorbing a lot of shop info, it may be a good buy. But for an old hand it isn't worth it.

07-01-2008, 07:26 AM
From Forge & Anvil
Erich Riesel, Hill Country Iron Worker
By Candace Leslie, D. Hopkins-Hughs
Astralgal Press
copyright©1992trade paperback

What can I say about a man's life work, and some of the great items he created in a small section of Texas and beyond. Filled with pictures of his works from the massive ranch gates to intricate chandeliers.
The antler andirons are terrific, the steeple and bell towers at the churches stunning, to the jewelery from brass and copper then plated.
His work spans it all. Not a how to, just the story of somebody that found that his place wasn't on the back of a horse as a cowboy.
he is truly an iron work artist master. And the book is eye candy, and stimulus for the mind.

07-02-2008, 06:24 AM
Gas Burners for Forges, Furnaces & Kilns
By: Michael Porter
Skipjack Press
First off I have not built any of the items discussed in this book. And it is yet again a book that people love or hate. Also it is the foundation that a lot of the forge builders on the web have used to construct their versions of a forge. Some will not admit that they have used it and other will freely do so.

As that is just the way of the web, I don't want to or care to get in to a "match about this book".

You must have a pretty good grasp of fabrication, and machine shop type terms and workings. I have not built anything yet but know a couple people that have and are satisfied with the burners. The real great info is in the conversion of the propane tanks into the shells of the items talked about. Safely done is foremost in every bodies mind. The information is in the book is filled with directions you can take if you want to modify the authors ideas. There are plenty of drawings in relation to the subject matter also a number of charts. It could have used some pictures. But maybe in the next edition. I read it for the new knowledge I gained for his experience in the field. Along with what I know and will learn I found the book worth the money. As this isn't an area filled with people writing new works each week. And yes there is a lot of stuff on the web but you MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE of the subject. To web out the chaff, along with the already made up burners and bodies. That may be cheaper in the long run for you.

* Safety
* Burner system propane
* 1/2 "burner
* 3/4"burner
* propane bottle forge
* Forge cart
* 1"furnace burner
* 1 1/4"furnace and kiln burner
* Foundry furnaces
* Farrier's forge
* Multi hole glass furnace
* Brazing a couple of pages of instruction for the just starting
* And finish out with the chapter noites, glossary,resources

If nothing else this would give a person a reality check on whether they really want to build or buy. As with most things buying ready made can be cheaper, due to volume buying and less redo's on the builders part.
It does turn up at local libraries

07-02-2008, 06:27 AM
The Backyard Blacksmith
Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith
by Lorelei Sims
Quarry books their sitehttp://www.quarrybooks.com/
ISBN#1-59253-251-9 Paperback

Section One

* Your smithy
* Gathering tools and equipment
* Iron
* Preliminary skills

Section Two

* Tool usage and forging techniques
* Forge welding and other assemblage techniques
* Making your own tooling

Section Three

* Projects
* Conclusion
* Resources
* Index,etc

As I have said before, I have had limited blacksmithing experience. And that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Oops! That another story.

The book itself seems to be very well done. Laid out in a logical order, taking it form a what it is. To each step after clear bright color pictures, simple clean line drawings. Block boxes for important info whether it be "Tricks of the trade" or "Safety tips"

Along with the color boxes for what is important information that deserves your attention to accomplish a step or about a process you must understand.

It is based on using a solid fuel forge and does contain info that may be hard to come by in other books. Starting, operating and stopping the fire.

Other's on this forum can address the quality,and clarity of her steps in laying it out for the newbe, or just the casually interested I'll just use a torch for the three hooks for the pot hangers I need crowd.

It was a good read, and will come in handy in the future.
the authors site

It could be at your local library

07-02-2008, 06:28 AM
Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques
By: James C Watkins & Paul Andrews Wandless
Lark Books Hard cover
ISBN#1-57990-455-6 copyright ©2004
With the diverse membership of this forum I thought this one might, be of interest if any need a larger kiln. This had a design that was for Raku. It is made from expanded metal sheet and insulation blanket. It is in the style of the top hat kiln.
It uses a a propane venturi burner. Nichrome wire to connect the expanded wire together.
I think that if a burner holding rack was made up, and you need a larger, longer forge you would be able to make one up.
Also somebody on another site was looking for a kiln type structure to do a controlled burn of different materials applied to a sculpture. To achieve a burned metal look like on cars and metal objects only with texture.

What also intrigued me was the info in the sections on glazes. They do contain some of the same things that are used for the patina's. It is a possibility that they or some modified glazes could work as a patina or finishing formula if the piece was heated all at once.

Well something else to add to the maybe someday list after the the to do and going to do lists are done.

It gives a good accounting of ceramics and the various techniques that the books covers. It will work to give a glimpse of ceramics and some of the finishes. If you are thinking of combo works.
Lots of color well done pictures of various artist work, drawings and tables along with the lists of materials for the different kilns.

local library may have it as ceramics is one of those crafts that they seem to have a lot of books on.

07-02-2008, 06:32 AM
The Complete Modern Blacksmith
by:Alexander G.Weygers
Ten Speed Press
copyright©1997 trade paperback

First I have to say that it appears from the information in this book that it is a reprint of 3 separate books. This edition is divided into 3 sections. Each of the sections had a separate copyright date.
And the author also is no longer among the living, according to the blurb at the back.
So check to see if you have these other versions before running out and buying this one.

First off I am skeptical about a book that calls itself Complete about a subject. And runs only 290pages, also on a subject like smithing it can never be complete as the craft is evolving each time. Somebody lights a forge, and lifts a hammer.

The other statement that I dislike is "Teach yourself the lost art of Blacksmithing and tool design and repair". I didn't know that it had been lost at anytime in the recent past, maybe dwindling in the numbers of practicing smiths. And did we stop using tools and did I miss that memo. As the second part of the statement is a little self inflated.
But that's the case with a publishing house named 10 speed press and in Berkley Ca. And somebody other than the author holding the copyright. That all aside, it is an interesting read, with a lot of clear detailed drawings of the subject covered. Some too detailed as to the person in the drawing. You will not want for having a way to hold the tool or strike flip or bend metal. They are all in the drawings to go with the descriptions. A few bad pictures, as this being a number of books put together, and they no longer had the originals.

* The making of tools
* The modern blacksmith
* The recycling,use and repair of tools

I don't believe this is a book for the stone cold newbe. If you have some knowledge you will find it extremely use full for the step by steps on making punches,and other tooling, along with a chapter on the power hammer's. Along with a number of other projects that are included.

Once you get by the first impression of it being a coffee table impress your friends book it does have some useful information.
Do check your library as this is one of the books they love covers a lot of subjects so they can buy the third copy of here today and gone tomorrow craft book

07-02-2008, 06:34 AM
Hardwear, Jewelery from a toolbox
by: Hannah Rogge
STC Craft
Album style spiral bound

This is an interesting and fun book, But I wouldn't pay the full retail price. It is on sale at remainder booksellers.

* Washers
* Rope
* Metal connectors
* Nuts
* Vinyl, plastic & rubber

Are the materials used in the 24 projects in the book.

* Washer earrings,to zipper pulls
* Neon colored string and brackets and hinges for the hair holders
* S-hook bracelets,to Q-link belts
* Hex nut necklaces, to earrings
* To tubing and o-ring bracelets and necklaces

Lots of full color high fashion type pictures, clear drawings of the tools, parts and making the items. The instructions are step by step ones covering no more than two or so pages.
This one is interesting from a form,use,and function angle. As when combined with the proper jewelery findings and some precious metals. It can become a stunning piece.
Some are more for the younger and hipper set,like the electrical tape wristbands.
What the book might do is give an appreciation of adding nontraditional materials to their sculpture work. Whether it be free standing, or a wall hanging.
In addition to the more traditional smithers pounding out small trinkets for sale and to fill the tables at shows with easy to make very interesting items.

The hair hinges are small hinges that hooked together and the decorated with the neon colored mason twine and attached to a French style pony tail barrette.
It's construction can easily be modified to brazed or welded instead of glued, and formed in a curve and the small forge spikes or nails used for the keepers instead of the barrette.
Or using a pre purchased chain necklace. Make small forged pendents or dangles to hang from it.
Or the jacket zipper pulls,key ring fob or purse dangle.

If nothing else they may make good gifts for next Christmas.

They do have the standard disclaimer about using the zinc coated materials in contact with the skin, clear coating etc. Bur there are so many more materials than just the zinc hardware, brass washers,nuts copper washers and nuts in the electrical, as well as the plumbing department.

You can try this book remainder seller as they had them a a good discount.Here
Just be sure to read the purchasing info as they do it a little different than most internet sellers. I can give a great endorsement for this company as I have been dealing with them for more years that I care to admit.

try your local branch they may have it

07-03-2008, 06:55 AM
The Art of Blacksmithing
by: Alex W. Bealer
copyright original ©1969
Funk & Wagnell

Back in the day! Boy does this one bring back memories as when I went back to the high school to see some teachers after graduating, the welding teacher suggested this new book that had just been published on Blacksmithing. It was the above title.
At the time it was the only popular title out there, as it was just the start of the movement. Most anybody during that time and till the recent flood of books on the subject good and bad hit the shelfs.

He does cover the subject and tools, along with some coverage of the techniques. But like the drawings it leaves you wanting more.
Then again maybe that was the way it was written to do. As the contents lists the areas and subjects covered along with a chapter on weapons. With is worth the price in it self.
The drawings are cluttered with to much shading and fill, but that was the standard at the time.
I'm glad it was short lived. Other than that and the thin descriptions of some stuff. I did enjoy it
If you can find a old copy at a reasonable price add it to your shelf.

There are a number of editions by different companies. One of the latest is described below.
This one has been at your local library

By Alex W. Bealer.
Hardbound ISBN 0785803955

Covers every aspect of the centuries-old craft. Describes the equipment and techniques of the forge and smithing, outlines the steps in making tools, hardware, utensils, armor, and decorative items, and provides sources for supplies. 500 drawings. 438 pages. Published by Castle.

I haven't seen a revised edition in years so I can not speak to what they did to it.
The above edition @ Hamilton Books
$9.95 plus shipping
They have this and books on almost any subject, dvd's and music to some extant. All at greatly reduced prices, as the are remainder book seller.
Again I have no connection other than a very satisfied customer! Some very good deals.

07-03-2008, 07:03 AM
Form Emphasis for Metalsmiths
by: Heikki Seppa
Kent State University Press
copyright ©1978
ISBN# 0-87338-212-9
library shelf# 739. trade paperback

What can I say about a very underrated book about metalsmithing. Written with tongue in cheek!:D
It is a slim volume as books on metal work go. 146 pages.
As the contents pages show he covers a lot of ground. But if you are thinking is this area right for me? This could be the one that answers that question.
Staring with the formal shell, progressing thru soldering, raising, planishing, layout, tubing, hinges, linkages. The structure of the shell is covered like a blanket. Along with the best and clearest and simplest to under stand explanation of surface polishing and what happens.
Never having given much thought to the spouts on the tin work I did in high school. When I read the chapter on designing a proper working spout. It set me back some as to what is involved in it.
Another chapter that is a delight is the work processes for various forms. He gives a drawing or two along with what you do in a few lines of instruction. From the forming of Spiculum form to a Hyperbolic Paraboloid form.
The glossary is worth the price of the book alone."This illustrated glossary includes generic terminology for most of the forms developed in the text, as well as alternative terminology, and etymological origins where appropriate"
Which is great for some one like me who's classic education didn't include Greek or Latin. He gives a drawing of it along with the words used and a definition of it.
Rosral Latin, rostrum, beak;Rhamphoid Greek, rhamphos,beak.

So when the Art critic at the galley starts with the BS you will know that they are really just at a loss for a description of something being shown.
Lots and lots of line drawings by the author,a number of B&W pictures. That truly do justice to the shiny subject matter.

07-03-2008, 07:08 AM
Materials &Techniques in the Decorative Arts
An Illustrated Dictionary
Edited by: Lucy Trench
The University of Chicago Press
ISBN#0-226-81200-6 cloth
There are 3 editions

It is an Americanized version of an English work so the spelling, measurements and temperatures are in metric units. That said it covers:

* Metalwork
* Glass and enamel
* Stone, plasterwork and other building materials, gemstones
* Paint
* Wood,lacquer,ivory,shell,tortoiseshell and amber
* Plastics
* Ceramics
* Paper
* Textiles
* leather

The whole aim of the book is to focus and describe along with illustrate the creative processes. Not as a how to of techniques. Originally set up as a source for a collector,artist,or aficionados.
That is a handy source for information and clarification of terms used in other books or the TV programs say for antiques.
It does go from A to Z

* Ajour---See Pierced work
* Irogane--- A collective name for patinated Japanese copper alloys with a rage of attractive colors. The colors will depend on the type of alloy and the patina given etc
* Mordant A metallic salt used to create permanent colors from many natural dyes etc
* Zinc white---A synthetic pigment zinc oxide, it is less opaque than titanium white etc.

The contributors are specialists in the fields listed above. Along with a bibliography that is broken up into sections again as above. It is filled with line drawings, B&W photos and wood cuts. There are a number of color plates grouped together.

This may not be for everyone, but it does have the answers and is an interesting read. As you read one selection it brings up something else that sounds interesting, so you follow the trail and soon you find yourself reading a Dictionary


This may be a good one to try out and see if a local library is a member of the above and if not you might bring it to their attention.
As if you don't want to purchase a book you can find one to read near you.The commercial is now over.

07-03-2008, 07:12 AM
Complete Metalsmith
By Tim McCreight
copyright ©2004 spiral lay flat binding
Brynmorgen Press
ISBN# 1-929565-05-4

First off this book is loved by and hated by more people than any other book that covers the wide range of metal and related subjects.
It is touted and sold by more model supply shops on line and storefronts than any other. It is out in more editions than most from paperback version to student versions used in college classes most places as a reference if nothing else.

The detractors say that it doesn't have this or that, and it it to simple or you need a more detailed coverage of the subject matter. Lets take the different editions first.
When asked about which one to buy I tell people that they should get the largest one they can afford.

* The student edition is the one that has the least info covered in it.
* The one sold in hobby/craft stores has some more info on each subject
* The Pro edition is an enlarged edition with more info on each subject.
* The Pro Plus edition comes with a whole bunch of additional info
* It also comes with a number of software programs that you load on to the PDA's,pocket PC,Mac desktop,or PC desktops, palm Os
* It comes with:
o Converts units
o Cost of metal use the daily spot price to figure of the cost of material
o Casting Needs
o Drawing length
o Tubing Blanks
o Metal conversion
o Gold Alloying
o Equivalent Numbers
o Metal Properties
o Gem Properties
o Supplier Addresses
* The Pro Plus ed also comes with a copy of the book on CD
* A book called Design Language on CD
* A book called Practical jewelry rendering on CD
* video clips

The video clips on the disk are cross referenced to the book sections for ease of use.
If you have ever wondered about a catch or making a chain for a project whether it is yard size or jewelry size. This is the book that will give you enough information to get er done.
It will not teach you the finner points of jewelry making or any of the metals working operations but it is a very good general source of hand bench/shop reference.
It has a lot of colored drawings to supplement the written word. And the multi color ones are helpful in the chain and wire wrapping sections.
at a library near you

There is also a VHS tape and DVD out on the complete metalsmith good but not as easily used as the book The video is good but that another post!

07-04-2008, 06:34 AM
Blacksmith Shop & Iron Forging
A 1906 International Correspondence Schools
Lindsay reprint

As with the ICS courses, offered, in the comic books and other magazines you have seen over the years It does pose the question what was included in the tools and equipment part of the course?
The book is only a section of the course more likely an over view of it.
It starts with:

* Heating devices, forges both brick and metal type along with some of the devices used with and in the forges.
* Forge fires, covers coal, coke,and charcoal along with the fire tools used in the tend and operation of the fire
* Smithing tools, both hand and bench are covered with clear line drawings and good descriptions of the item and its use. Covers everything from the anvil, hammers of all types and styles, anvil tools,forming and cutting tools,swages and cutting and punching tools, Tongs and bench and floor tools,swage blocks, cones or tapered mandrels, To the run of the standard bench and hand measuring tools of the time
* Manufacturing Iron, along with wrought iron
* Moving into today what would be called a glossary, it gives definitions of the various operations carried out in a blacksmith shop.
* Finishing up with the welding by heat and hammer

All with line drawing were clarification is needed.


07-04-2008, 06:40 AM
The Polishing and Plating of Metals
by Herbert J Hawkins
A Lindsay reprint
copyright ©1902

The last in the group lot purchase, Is another one of those when you put it down after reading a few chapters. You wonder how we survived this long with all of the hazardous and toxic materials,used in the various processes.
The other thing I have been reminded of, sometimes you wonder how many people may have died or been injured in the development of the process. Let alone, how the **** did they think of that!
It covers:

* Various kinds of electroplaters, about gaining knowledge
* Some points on hygiene for platers, a chapter on personnel safety(1902) and they say they didn't care back in the day.
* The polishing room its equipment and management
* Acid dips and pickles, their composition and use
* The arrangement and management of the plating room
* The construction and management of dynamos and wiring
* Electrical measuring instruments for the plating room
* Gold plating and gilding
* Silver plating
* Nickel plating
* Copper solutions
* Brass plating
* Bronze solutions
* Rolling barrels for polishing
* finishing plated goods
* Oxidizing and coloring plated work
* The lacquering of plated work

As I have only skimmed over the work so far. It is as most of that era, high science content. But I will say that it appears that the formulas that are used today, are pretty much the less toxic/hazardous ones they used then. I'm such that Ron Young and all the others have built on these type of books. To come up with their patina formulas.
As with most from this time, very detailed line drawings and a couple possible photographs its hard to tell as they were treated as drawings back then. As a lot of people still didn't think the photos belonged.
Again if you would like to do some plating the old school way or just another great history lesson. It a winner, but check out the dealers that sell the modern equivalents to do it. Less of headaches, both real and imagined.

07-04-2008, 06:49 AM
The Boy Mechanic
Best projects from the classic Series
Dover publications
Dover books

I know the title is PC incorrect but they do state on the back cover"Girls, boys and adults of both genders will appreciate these engaging projects" It was the 40's

What can I say about the one thing most of us more experienced,shop rats(older) have in common is the Popular Mechanics magazines from the forties and fifties with all those amazing projects that filled the pages.
Over 100 projects that could be built with common tools and supplies.
Boats,scooters,birdhouses,workbenches,toys, model trains, planes,kites and so much more. If used only as a trip down those summer day memories trying to build the wood gas powered racer with the old gas engine the crazy guy on the corner gave you. (what is scary I have become the crazy guy on the corner) Or building some of the fun things with the kids or gran kiddies.

07-05-2008, 07:03 AM
Creative Metal Crafts
25beautiful projects for your home
by Joanna Gollberg
Lark books
Another book By Gollberg, showing what cross over skills in the metal arts are all about. Mostly know for her jewelry and books about jewelry.
She shifts directions and heads into the home decorative area. Which is good for people looking for something new or just some more ideas to fill up the sales tables at the shows or shops.
Starts out with an introduction

* Materials
* Tools
* Techniques

* From votive candle holder, Ginko leaf chop stick rests,drawer pulls,clock, shower curtain hangers, nouveau picture frame,whimsical wall hooks and the off neglected candle snuffer,etc

* Gallery artists
* Templates
* Acknowledgments
* Gallery artists
* Notes about suppliers
* Index

From using base metals to combining sterling silver and acrylic to make fancy chop sticks. To combining other techniques to add something striking to your home and make some stand out gifts. then this book might be fore you.
Library shelf tag# 745.56--dc22
At a library near you ! http://worldcat.org/

07-05-2008, 07:14 AM
The Art of Enameling
by Linda Darty
Techniques,Projects and Inspriration.
Lark Books

I include the books on enameling as after awhile metal working will lead to some form of adding glass decoration you pieces. You don't need a fancy kiln. in fact you can do it with your torches. from a MAPP on up with a little practice.

After Oppi Untracht's 3rd book his opus on enameling. I will say that this is probably the best one to come out since. It is a beautifully done guide whether for the beginner or more advanced student of metal work.
Lark does put out some of the better designed and laid out books on arts and crafts. It is also distributed in Canada, England, Australia, so it shouldn't be to hard to track down for any member of this board that cares to.
Starting with the fundamentals the enamels and materials, it covers what you need to know if you want to gage what it will take to get your feet warmed with enameling. Again you can start small and with no more than a torch or small beehive kiln do some nice work for added color and spark to you metal work. It covers the use of most of the metals,

* Low carbon steel
* Iron
* Stainless steel
* Bronze,brass & nickel silver
* Gilders metal
* Platinum
* Aluminum
* Titanium
* Copper
* Gold
* Fine& sterling silver

As most only mention that the metals other copper or silver require special considerations, never giving a hint what they are.
Then it moves along to solders to use to build up pieces,cleaning and prep of metals and enamel,prepping the enamel. Applying and firing,cleaning surfaces between firings. And finishing the piece after the last firing. Working with colors and making color tests. Which some books never mention that from one batch to another the colors can vary greatly.

The second section covers all the techniques that are being worked with success or experimented with today.

* Painting Techniques, water color and acrylic enamels
* Liquid enamels
* Crayon enamels
* Basse tallie
* silver and gold leaf foils
* Cloisonné
* Champlevé
* Plique-à-Jour
* Additional techniques

The third section is a dozen project of different techniques that should satisfy the question is this something I would like to follow up on.
All though out the book is filled with high quality color photos, and charts and what they call Hot Tip Boxes with important information that one should know. Along with historical information and techniques etc.
Finishing up with metal gauges and Bibliography, Contributing artists notes and suppliers info.
This is another that makes good use of displaying the work of not only the author but the work of other artists.

07-05-2008, 07:20 AM
by Elizabeth Ryland Mears
Lark Books
ISBN# 1-57990-741-5
trade paperback ©2005

I include the glass books also for the same reason I stated with the only notice that working (hard glass) Borosilicate glass will require a special torch.

The big problem with glass art is the way that to many people use the terms from one media to another with out thought and then complain. When they find out that it isn't what it appears to be.

Back in the day lamp working referred to the type of stuff that was done at the malls in the little booth. Also called glass blowing by the signs at the stand. Not that there was ever much glass blowing in the true sense of the meaning. It was was mostly the making and attaching of glass bits to other glass bits to form something.

This book is about hot working hard glass(borosilicate glass) with all the added expense of the large torch and tools.
It is also to bad that on the back cover or the flaps of the book it is never mentioned that it is a hard glass beginners book.

It is done very well for a book covering intro to flameworking of borosilicate glass. Step by steps are done with enough pictures and descriptions that you can follow them.

The description of this book on this sale page doesn't make clear that it is not a book for soft glass(soda lime) I own it and have read it but will only use it if I ever do hard glass.

That said,if you have an interest in hard glass(borosilicate glass) or are thinking of taking the plunge in to hard glass. This would be a great starter book. Lots of clear bright photos, the step by step ones numbered.
The book is separated into 3 sections

* Introductions
Basics,tools equipment and studio,working it(glass), color the chemistry,and what happens to the color when heat is applied. Rod and tubing.
* Exercises
This section shows all the little segments or steps that make up working with glass.
* Projects
11 projects starting with the simple and moving on to more difficult ones as the skill level increases.

Finishing up with a gallery of artists work,glossary

07-05-2008, 07:27 AM
Cope's Plastics Book
by Dwight Cope
Goodheart-Willcox co.

Another book that may be of interest as you can add sheet goods to the metal working projects, for color or flash. Or just to expand your design scope.

Well this is a text book from the good old days, on working with and making projects from the sheet good type of plastics. By another head of a plastics company that was originally copyrighted in 1957. At the dawn of the new age of plastics! Some on this forum will remember parents and grandparents, referring to it as the cheap stuff etc.
My how far we have come, from an arts and craft oddity to being used for engine parts.

It covers the types,characteristics of the organic and inorganic substances used in the making of. The second chapter covers the type of plastics that you will find to use. From the Phenolics,Ureas,Polyesters,Acrylics,resins,silicon es,plastic like materials. To the synthetic rubbers,natural resins.

The third chapter is on working the plastics,and storing them. From the layout,sawing,machining,polishing,heat forming,cementing, bonding,and cleaning. Along with a special section on internal craving and dyeing of plastic. With some information on the commercial fabrication of plastics.

There is also a section on polyester resins and reinforced laminates
fiber glass etc.

The largest section or chapter is about the 90 plus projects. From tooth brush holders,bracelets and candy dishes. To projects that have metal as design elements in the frames in the 60's style lights.
From the basic to the advanced,it covers it all. The projects maybe dated but the working information is still the same today.

Another one that might be found at your local library world cataloghttp://worldcat.org/

07-06-2008, 06:52 AM
Home& Garden Metalcrafts
includes 15 easy-to-make projects
by Jana Ewy
Northern Light Books
Trade paper back
This is another one of those that was or is offered in the US, Canada, England and beyond. It is designed for the non metal worker. Meaning it involves light weight materials in the sheet goods and stuff that can be worked with a minimum of tools and equipment.
Using assorted wire screen and mesh sizes, in assorted materials, along with embossing metal sheet. Wire and copper tubing and pipe.
To build some interesting things and to act as idea starter to build on with the skills that a more advanced metal worker has.

From the projects, picture frames,candle holders,lamp,trinket boxes place mats, centerpieces luminaries,plant stakes, flower pots, to whimsical plant stakes and insects and copper votive candle holding stakes. And a lighted vine type garland, with or without the lights would be a nice addition to the house.

Filled with bright large clear color pictures, and step by step with descriptions that will make the beginner or old hand turn out some nice items or gifts.
it is being sold as a remainder at a steep discount. So you might check here.
remainder book seller http://www.hamiltonbook.com/hamiltonbook.storefront

07-06-2008, 06:57 AM
Hammer Work
An International Textbook Company
1906 England
Reprinted by Linsday Publications
ISBN 1-55918=076-5
A slim 36 pages paper covered booklet on power hammers.
It covers the different type of hammers and a little discussion each.
It also explains what some terms are. Helve for example,handle is what it means. And they have very large ones.

* Helve hammers
* trip hammers
* drop hammers

Are considered power hammers or a hammer that is operated by not being direct connected to a steam cylinder. By motor now or belt drive shaft.
Going into the differences of the unguided and guided dies of the power hammers. Along with the upright and strap hammers.
It goes into steam helve and forging hammers along with the steam valves used to control the hammer. And the types of hammer frames
and some about the steam drop hammer.
Some of the other areas it covered is proper weight of a hammer, foundations, hammer tools such as porter bars and other handles for controlling the work.Hacks or cutters, swages and dies.
It only goes lightly into the forging of wrought and the into the more common low carbon steel and the welding of steel to iron.

All in all a very interesting short diversion in the area of power hammers that smith or non smith might gain insight as to what it is and why it does it the way it does.

As all my hammer experience were with steam drop and guided hammers on the end of the porter bars. It did put in perspective things that didn't make sense 40 years ago, in the forge hammer shop.

07-07-2008, 05:55 AM
Sharpening Basics
by Patrick Spielman
Streling Publishing
copyright ©1991
trade paperback

Another cross over if you will, since many also include wooden elements in their work. Whether it be in the form of clangers, strikers or supports for their gongs. Table tops, frame elements or fill panels for the gates.
All of us at one time or another needs to touch up an edge on tools. I did lean one new thing, that I hadn't thought of before. That is sharpening Phillips screwdrivers. He shows how to sharpen them. Since they have been relatively cheap, I never gave it much thought to fixing them. Of course most times when I have damaged one it needed more than sharpening!

* Acknowledgments
* Introductions
* Bench sharpening tools and accessories
* Sharpening machines
* Safety techniques
* Cleaning tools
* Chisels
* Plane blades
* Hand knives
* Carving tools
* Turning tools(wood)
* Drilling and boring tools
* Router bits and shaper cutters
* Jointer and planer knives
* Screwdrivers,scrapers and saws
* Glossary
* Index

Filled with clear B&W photos, charts and drawings of the process and procedures. This one will keep you on the cutting edge.

07-07-2008, 06:07 AM
Creative Kinetics
making mechanical marvels in wood
by Rodney Frost
trade paperback
Sterling Publishing
this one and the mechanical movements can be used for all metal or a combo piece
A now for something completely different as the boys use to say!
The kinetic art and sculpture has some interest. So finding this one even though it is about wooded ones was nice. It covers the basic mechanics of the movements. Then it has some simple projects.

So whether it is about weatherc*cks, wind toys, mobiles,jumping jacks. Or high up or garden moving art or the moving ball along rails as a member of our forum so lively displayed some of his past work.

This book has something and covers a wide area of kinetics.
Even though the motive force is a rolling ball along rails, it triggers an assortment other actions along the way. This book shows what devices,cams,cranks,shafts, belts and slots and slides. Can be made to do.

Along with a number of projects for the reader to build or just a launching point for some ideas of your own. From small jewelry pieces to large installs.You are limited only by your imagination.

Filled with color pictures and delightful primitive style drawings. You will filled this an interesting book even if only for the eye candy factor.

07-07-2008, 06:09 AM
Making Mad Toys & Mechanical marvels in wood
by Rodney Frost
Sterling Publishing
trade paperback
ISBN# 1-4027-4812-4

This is another fun one and since most of the people on this forum include wood working among their talents.
And weather vanes, whirligigs and kinetic art have come up. This seemed to be a natural.

With basic tools, and even a more basic knowledge of wood working. One can follow along or head off in their own direction in the toy vein.

In this one he goes into the making of propellers and pantanenome's (all winds) whether of wood or metal, and then jumps into some of the simple things from days gone by that will have people fascinated. Filled with lots of movement. And color, the book is loaded again with his detailed drawing, and colored photos of the projects and finished items.

There are a couple that would lend themselves to being made from metal. As a companion to his other work. They can be on your shelf for that rainy day idea block, or just something for the completely different.

Again the eye candy factor is also high!

07-08-2008, 06:25 AM
Plastic for Artists and Craftsman
by Harry B Hollander
Watson-Guptill Publications
copyright ©1972
ISBN#(US) 0-8230-4025-9
ISBN#(UK) 0-273-31801-2

Well if you want an all encompassing book on plastics(resins) for casting,pouring, coating or fiberglassing. This is the one that for years was at the head of the class. The author was an industrial chemist,involved in the research end and the putting it into use for artists and craftspeople.

Its usefulness today is indicated by the difficulty one finds in locating a used copy to purchase. As people tend not to want to let them go. Other than the name brands and improvements in the resin mixes, color stability etc the information it as good today as it was when it was written.

It is more along a working project textbook. It is broken into a section on Polyester resins which is further divided into projects that cover castings,molds and using different materials. Along with sculpture works,painting with polyester resins,batik, bleaching and dyeing.

Epoxy Resins again is into projects that cover what you need to know. It covers enameling,jewelry, ceramics, stained glass reliefs epoxy-metal casting and resin oil paints.
Silicones and Polyurethanes with the projects, including using polystyrene for bases and armature work.

Finishing with Appendix of health,safety and fire problems the suppliers, and other info here may be dated as the brands and formulation will have changed and the products have improved since than.

Over 260 B&W pictures, and color plates that show a good assortment of what can be done with this material. You can check your local library or here to find one near you.World catalog of libraries http://worldcat.org/

07-08-2008, 06:30 AM
Plastics for Jewelry
by Harry Hollander
Watson-Guptill Publications
US ISBN#0-8230-4027-5
UK ISBN#0-273-00805-6

This his follow up book on strictly making jewelry,he came out out with a couple years later. It is just like his first in the fact that it is sort of all encompassing of the techniques of using the resins in the making of items this time just for adornment.
The techniques are the same for any other use of the resins, this is geared to the artist

Again it follows the same format. That is its starts with a general intro to the resins and what he hopes to set out in the book.It then covers a basic studio,tools and equipment. And general finishing techniques. That will be used in the rest of the book.

It then is divide into sections dealing with each of the main resins used.

Acrylic resins,and a number of projects. From heat forming and Rotationally casting to mixed media.

Epoxy resins,From casting,enameling,Plique-à-Jour with metals wood and stones.To winding a fiberglass-filament reinforced ring and inlaying metal into metal.

Polyester resins, is the last section on molding,laminating,swirling and fiberglassing.

All section have projects that cover the work and techniques for each item being made. Filled again with B&W photos of the step by steps and things that are being discussed. The epoxy section has the most projects. As with his other book the names, brands and number of them have changed and most being improved. So the suppliers list may be outdated. And since this was exotic materials back in the late 60's. And for the formula's for mixing metal powders with the resins and combining it all with differing materials for some nice and different work.

If using glass pieces isn't an option in your metal work. Then maybe the use of colored resin may be an answer.

You can check to see if it is at a library near you World Catalog site http://worldcat.org/

07-08-2008, 06:34 AM
The art of Jewelry Design From idea to reality
by Elizabeth Oliver
In the US,North Lights Book
London by Quarto Publishing

Another of the duel use books as what is metal work but larger scale jewelry. It is delightful eye candy with the work represented, Color pictures, sketches, working drawings and natural elements.
I'm not a fan of the conceptual jewelry school of design or building.
Abstract is abstract, but when one has to spend 20 minutes reading 3 pages of what the **** the artist meant by a piece, I don't think you can call it art! With some of the out there stuff that has been in the SNAG magazine in the last couple of years(metalsmith group magazine) Felt beads the size of softballs on a felt rope necklace?
But I digress,you will have no fear of that in this book. She keeps to the topic and on point.

* Essential Design Tools,drawing ability, sketchbook,visual and technical journals along with craft skills
* Stages of the design process,development,inspiration,sketching,design brief,concept, brainstorming,research samples and test pictures,models and fabrication
* Elements of design,shape,form,texture,color, emotion, the five senses,function, process and materials
* Creative concepts,organic,geometric,abstract,figurative,nar rative,symbolic,icons fashion, fine,series and sculptural
* Glossary,index and credits

Whether it is looking for ideas or concepts to fill a railing, between the top and bottom rails. Or looking for something new and different for the series of wall hangings. This book can give your ideas a kick start.

07-09-2008, 06:50 AM
Cloisonné Enameling and Jewelry making
by Felicia Liban & Louise Mitchell
website (http://store.doverpublications.com/)
copyright ©1980 Chilton books
copyright©1989 Dover edition

This is another dover reprint, does two great services bring back a terrific source of information about a craft art subject mater and does so at a reasonable price.
The format is the chapters are main subjects with the sub parts broken down into each subject matter.
The book is further split into two sections, First is on the enamelling and the second on the jewelry setting for the cloisonné.

Cloisonné Enameling

* Tools,equipment,and studio
* Enamels
* Sheet metal and wire
* Soldering,annealing and cleaning
* The silver enameling cup and wirework
* Enameling techniques
* Finishing and polishing
* Alternate enameling cups and bases
* Unshaded enamel designs
* Shaded enamel designs

Jewelry settings for cloisonné enamels

* Silver and gold
* Advance metal techniques
* Enamel setting
* Chains
* boxes
* Appendixes of sheet and wire gages
* Thompson Enamel colors(now reformulated to remove the lead from the colors)
* Sources of supplies
* Additional resources
* Glossary
* suggested reading
* index

Filled with black and white photos and plenty of drawings. Along with in the project sections drawings of the wire and an exploded view (wire sections not touching each other so you can see the shapes) and a drawing with them all in place. As well as color layer diagrams of as many as needed. to achieve the finished piece.

07-09-2008, 07:17 AM
House Wiring updated for the 2005 NEC
All new 8th edition
Paul Rosenberg
Audel /Wiley
trade paper back

As there seems to be so many questions on electrical wiring and problems with same on the Forum. Some that are truly very scary to the members that have a good working knowledge of the NEC (National Electric Code) and electricity. The new one its updated every 3 years, and all the related books should be coming out shortly.
I thought that now would be as good as any to put the selection of books out there.As the major changes over the last years have focused on grounding and bounding issues, Along with Cable Tv, broadband,telephone and security. And now Audio and home theater installations.


Wiring basics
Electrical services, requirements overhead and underground and everything about the service drops
Branch circuits and loads, things that you need to know from calculations to placing of the outlets and switches
Materials and methods, boxes conduit,cables and wires
Wiring for electric heat in houses
Mobile homes, requirements differences
Cable TV,Broadband,telephone and security
How to wire a house, step by step example
Appendix A
Calculations for dwelling load sizing
Appendix B
Farm building
Appendix C
Audio and home theater installations
Appendix D
The internet as entertainment

It won't, make you an electrician but it can do two things. It may save you from getting hurt. And it could save you from burning your house or shop down. Which if you have insurance coverage they will deny payment if you do your own work and don't have a clear understanding of what you are doing.
In 40 years of doing electrical type work. It still amazes me what people will do to save a couple of dollars. And put themselves and their families in harms way.

07-09-2008, 08:25 AM
Wiring Simplified 42nd edition
by HP Ricthter
WC Schwan
Park Publishing
copyright©every 3 years for the new version

As has been mentioned in some posts and thread on this forum. I to have to say that this book will get most people by doing some small jobs around the house and shop.
Filled with drawing of the items and things you will need to get the ideas clarified in your mind. It covers everything and explains enough of the code so you can understand why and what to do.

Make sure that the covers states that you are getting the current edition or as close to the current NEC edition as you can. Also something a lot of people forget is what you do today in your houses electrical system will effect if you can sell it with out a lot of hassles and rework.

Wiring for the do-it-yourselfer
by GE
small format paperback

Another one that you can get with great drawings of the work being done that they are discussing. From safety,NEC, tools and equipment you need.Mostly smaller stuff like replacing, switches,outlets breakers fixtures cords,plugs rewiring lamps and some trouble shooting.

07-10-2008, 06:14 AM
Textile Techniques in Metal
for jewelers,textile artist and sculptors
By Arline M Fisch
Lark books
copyright©1975 by Van Nostrand Reinhld
A different version
A very interesting book on converting an everyday item into something very unique. Filled with lots and lots of black and white photos, Along with drawings and diagrams. Ms Fisch has become the master of the metal fabric.

* Introduction
* Historical Precedents
* Basic tools and processes
* Weaving
* Knitting
* Crochet
* Braiding
* Interlinking and its variations,sprang and bobbin lace
* Basketry
* Knots and knotting
* Contemporary Work a pictorial survey (gallery )
* Appendices Tools, equipment, melting points of metals
* Comparative sizes of hooks and needles (US and UK) who knew that knitting needles would be a different size between here and there
* Suppliers
* Bibliography
* Index

It contains a whole new area for adding punch and captivating interest to your metal work. whether it is a large part or just small accents areas.

07-10-2008, 06:43 AM
Practical Electrical Wiring
17th edition
based on the 1996 NEC
soft hard cover
all of the books that are based on the NEC National Electrical Code are generally reprinted every 3 years or so to keep in compliance with the code. That is unless there are no changes or of such a minor natural of being no working consequence. The other bit of info is they tend to not be of a cheap nature.

I'm including these two editions of the same book, when looking for a book on electrical work based on the code always look for the latest yearly date to the current year.

Part 1 Theory and basic principles, and further split into 15 chapters and around 276 pages
Part 2 Actual wiring: Residential and farms, 10 sub headings around 150 pages
Part 3 Actual wiring: Nonresidential projects, 7 chapters and 120 pages

Practical Electrical Wiring
18th edition
based on the 2002 NEC
Park Publishers

Almost the same setup as the previous edition, other than it has redrawn a lot of the working drawings in shades of gray instead of B&W.
Lots of pictures, of equipment used etc. One of the nice features is they have added a better indexing setup and the sub headings are broken down into even more finally divided listing to make it easier to find things.

07-11-2008, 07:00 AM
First off let me say that the code books aren't cheap no matter which version you buy. Paperback,hardcover,spiral,loose leaf or most others or from which publisher. From the first time I found this version in the 70's I have pretty much had one whether I purchased a full size one or not
Here is a site that has a ton of books on the trades and other interests near and dear to our hearts and minds.
They have it on sale as the new one will be out soon.
I would like to say I have no interest in any way either in the book or sales site. Other than a satisfied customer.

Pocket guide to the National Electrical Code®
Marvin J Fisher,PE
Prentice Hall
pocket small format
trade paperback

The set up of the code

General info
Wiring and protection
Wiring methods and materials
Equipment for general use
Special Occupancies
Special Equipment
Special conditions
Communications systems
Annex A product safety standards
Annex B Application information for Ampacity Calculation
Annex C Conduit and tube fill tables for conductors and fixture wire of the same size
Annex D Examples
Annex E Type of construction
Annex F reference tables
Annex G Administration and enforcement

It is listed as Articles with a 3 digit number followed by a dot and then another number. This is so one can find the article and the pertaining information quickly.
It does seem to be something that one could never figure out at first glance, but don't worry. If you read the section and any other articles that apply or are mentioned you should be able to understand it.

07-12-2008, 06:37 AM
Making Beautiful Beads
glass*metal*Polymer clay*fiber
edited collection
Lark books
Trade paperback

This one is an assortment, of beads by 4 top artists in their respective material fields. I have to admit that I never understood the felt art work, whether it be beads or the sculptures that abound. I all so never have seen any one wearing those large fuzzy beads or pendants that look like the collected dust bunnies form under the couch colored with the kids paint set. But then again I have been told that the only taste I have is in my mouth.
I did read thru it and still have no more insight. The section on felt and then on paper. Will be there if some one would want to go from the hard metal to softness of the fabric.
The book is filled with photos and more photos of projects in all the materials. With an abundance of new ideas that can give the wall hangings,garden art or sculpture a zip and zing with some new stuff such as the use of pierced metal disk shapes, or the use of the decorative effect of piercings a with drill,saw and file on the surface of pipe or tubing. and combining different materials.
As with all of the Lark books Each material heading covers the basic tools and equipment needed to use the materials. And a gallery section in each material,along with gallery artists, acknowledgments and indexes.

07-12-2008, 06:39 AM
The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking
by Kimberley Adams
Lark Books
Hard Cover

This is one of the better books on all aspects of glass bead making. As in the title the word "complete" doesn't mean what it means some times with some books. But with this one it pretty much does as one book can. Filled with color pictures,of beads in all stages of working. It also has the step process photos nicely done. Close ups of the work not long shots with the bench and all the same clutter in every shot.
Ms. Adams was featured as the glass artist in yesterdays book on bead making.
Getting Started

* Equipment
* Tools
* Supplies
* Safety equipment and clothing
* Setting up and working in your studio

Making the First Bead

* Lighting the torch
* Heating the glass in the flame
* Winding the first bead
* Varying the beads shape
* Flame annealing and cooling
* Annealing in the kiln

From Basic to Beautiful Beads

* Shaping beads
* Adding color & decoration
* gallery

Intermediate Techniques

* Applying enamels
* Glass that changes in the flame
* Encasing beads
* Alternating bead surfaces with non-glass materials
* Intermediate shaping and sculpting techniques
* Adding metals to beads
* Making a gravity bead
* Applying Milliefiori
* Working with Dichroic glass
* Gallery

Advanced Techniques

* Fuming
* Hollow beads
* Sculptural techniques guest artist
* Making decorative canes
* Making floral beads guest artist
* gallery

Troubleshooting Tips
Making Your Own Exhaust Hood
Artist's Index
Guest Artists

07-12-2008, 07:13 AM
Electricians guide to conduit bending
2nd edition
by Richard A Cox
spiral bound paper back

This is another one of those dual uses books. Every Electrician has it or some version of it close at hand when they are bending any large amounts of conduit. Whether they would admit it or not. Having dealt with in house and contractors for over 30 years, they have it but it will be in their truck, box or rolled up in their pocket.
The dual use comes in from the fact that almost anybody that has fabricated more than two somethings. Probably has used EMT,IMC,RMC or even Rigid PVC. But you also can apply the math and techniques to other materials or style of tubing.

The first part of the book deals with math, and hand benders and the assorted bends and kicks for EMT or thin wall (Electrical Metallic Conduit is the proper name). And a lot of tricks and things do a sharp looking job.

The second half deals with RMC (Rigid Metal Conduit) and the benders both hand and the assorted powered benders of assorted styles. There are bending tips for aluminum, and segment bending along with different methods of doing it.

And it has a chapter on the IMC (Intermediate Metal Conduit) is a type between the EMT and RMC and like rigid is cut,reamer and threaded with regular pipe tooling.
The difference is in the wall thickness

Finally ending with tables and charts,electrical formulas, glossary, and answers to problems.

It is available here:http://www.mtroubleshooting.com/
And at most better wholesale houses some on display some in a plain brown wrapper under the counter:D You will have to ask for it by name.

07-13-2008, 07:03 AM
Ideas for Jewelry
by Ian Davidson
hard cover
The added sub title is mine as it should have been in the original
This is another of those lucky finds one makes. I got it in a box of jewelery and rock books at a rock swap. At first I didn't thing much of it as its title and look shouted out 70's book that was pervasive on the subject in the last half of the groovy times.

That is till I picked it up and started going thru it. I have found that the old saying about not judging a book by its cover is truer now.

He starts with the use of models, maques or what ever you what to call them. and what materials let you get the most out of the trail runs. With out wasting material.

* Sheet materials
* sheet materials and unit designs
* Sheet materials and random line patterns
* Sheet materials and metal strips
* Working with wire random line patterns
* Application of wire to sheet materials
* Designing with tube and rod
* Designing with metal bar
* Scoring and bending
* Textures
* Chains
* Sculptural designs in metal
* Sculptural design in wood
* Designs with small metal items and metal sections

From the simplest of ideas on adding to s slightly cut out shaped sheet of metal with random lengths of tubing welded to the front with some of the tubes ends. Cut at 90' and 45' it made for an interesting belt buckle or larger wall hanging.

Filled with B&W photos of not only the ideas but some of the natural elements,he had gotten them from. Along with the occasional photo of all the tools you would need to do it. Line drawings were needed.

To the use of reground hammer heads, mason and auto body type hammers to give texture to sheet goods. And a short section on cuttle bone/pewter casting elements.

This is one book that is worth the hunt to find if you are having a block in what direction to go, or just for some interesting jumping off points for your work.

So don't let the title or the paper cover fool you!*

07-13-2008, 07:29 AM
Old Electrical Wiring
maintenance and retrofit
by David E Shapiro
McGraw Hill
ISBN# 0-07-057879-6
stiff back paper cover

Overview and Introduction

Part I Familiarizing yourself with old wiring
Troubleshooting and all the things that can cause problems
Design changes and issues by ignorance and grabdfathering the bigger picture

Part II More specialized issues and situations
An esoteric switching layout: The Carter system
Accept,adapt or uproot
Safety surveys:Looking at the big picture
Setting limits and avoiding snares
Tearing out and rewiring

Part III Advanced topics
Relatively rare situations
Historic building
Commercial settings
Inspection issues

Part IV Supplementary material
Dating and history
Recalled equipment
Hazards and benefits


Appendix 1: Fluorescents
Appendix 2: Old splices- Different than modern ones, not necessarily worse
Appendix 3: Electrical myths

And so the wheel turns if you are living in an old house and you make a sucking sound when you go to open the electrical panels or remove the switch or receptacle covers or go into the attic you may need this book.

07-14-2008, 07:09 AM
American Electricians Handbook
13 edition
by Terrell Croft
Wilford I Summers
McGraw Hill
copyright©1996 and all the way back to 1913
Hard Cover

Where does one start to describe what has been called a bible of electrical work and workings. From the house to the grid,and everything in between. A book that tops a couple of thousand pages 43 pages of index and weighs in around 7 pounds.

Properties and splicing of conductors
Circuits and circuit calculations
General Electrical equipment and batteries
Solid state devices and circiuts
Generators and motors
Outside distribution
Interior wiring
Electrical lighting
Wiring and design tables

Filled with B&W photos,charts and more drawings than you can believe. It explains everything with electrical distribution, and the equipment to get the job done.

From the correct sequence of bolt washers and nuts for cross arms to the hooking up of wire to a receptacle.

From A to Z its in there, Just make sure you get the newest version or highest edition number. As with all other good books on Electrical work this one to is based on the current NEC code changes.

07-15-2008, 06:35 AM
Trellis Craft
how to make your own copper garden ornaments
by Roger A Beebe
Trellis Craft
Trade Paperback
copyright© 2003

At first this book seemed like a good idea to buy, to my wife and when she showed it to me. After it came and the package was opened. At first glance it was one of those why did I this do this MOMENTS!
But after putting down for a couple of days then picking it back up and starting at the begin. It was another of those moments when things begin to make more sense.

The first 8 chapters are everything you never knew you wanted to know about copper pipe and working with it.

Chapter 9 is on How to bend copper pipe, without the use of elbows.

Chapter10 is on simple first projects free standing pot hangers or holders etc.
The final 6 chapters cover designs with parts and cuts listwith nice clear line assembly drawings.
Chapters 11 to 16

* Trellis designs
* Arches and arbors
* Obelisks,pillars and spirals
* Other garden projects
* How to support copper pipe garden ornaments
* Plant poles, trellises, obelisks and arbors

Appendix A Copper pipe details and other pipe fitting
Appendix B Sources

A lot of info and designs that not only work for copper pipe. But can be built with almost any material in any size. Combined and modified to suit your purpose. From the simple to you scratch your head looking at the design and thinking that must have hurt coming up with it.
Sections of of pipe combined with oak slabs with holes drilled to from a simple cleaned lined trellis. To a modified upside down sort of step pyramid.
Check out his web page for more detailed info.

07-16-2008, 06:27 AM
Designs for Glass Etching
49 full size Motifs
by Robert G. Bush
Dover Books
ISBN# 0-486-26000-3
soft cover pattern book 9¼"x12¼"

Glass Etching
46 full size patterns with complete instructions
by Robert A Capp & Robert G Bush
Dover Books
ISBN# 0-486-24578-0
soft cover pattern book 9¼"x12¼"


One of my favorite publishers for either patterns, plans or information. On things, they seem to cover a very wide and varied interest and subjects.

These have silhouetted and line drawing patterns of various subject matter. whether it is for glass etching, sign painting mural painting fabric quilt type work or metal work. From wall hanging type picture work, frame outline design, plasma or torch cut outs to 3-D assembled construction or what your imagination can conjure up.

The designs range from garden fairies,birds,fish, plants and flowers.
From cats of the house type to cheetah's, Art Nouveau style borders both abstracts and flowers,geometrics.

You can reduce them, enlarge them, use them the size they are. Combine them. Project them to make large door or wall panels.

With your computer,scanner and printer. Along with a package of transparency's sheet from the local big box office store. An overhead projector or a opaque projector the size of the sheet of metal is you limit.

They have a lot of pattern books in addition to these. They make a good source for direct work or just a source of ideas.

07-17-2008, 06:35 AM
A Beginner's Guide to Glass Engraving
by Seymour Isenberg
krause publishing
copyright ©2000
trade paper back
When one looks at the engraved glass work, or beveled glass work.
There are any number or processes that one can be talking about. This book is about engraving, Now when I read the blurb in the remainders catalog about it, I thought it was about using a dremel or flex shaft type tool with the stone/diamond points.

It couldn't be farther from it then I would have imagined. This book covers the old school style engraving. Meaning the glass is held against a spinning wheel on the bench mount. And larger horizontal polishing laps.

Covered in 11 chapters, broken down into sections that cover each of the various subject areas one would need to be come accomplished at glass engraving.

* Beginnings,statements about the craft and the different processes brief notes on equipment,glass and the process. Sort of read me first and decide to turn back now.
* The work area, lighting,bench,water, elbow protectors safety
* The machine and the wheels,covers the machine,mandrils,axles
* Prepping the wheels, what's involved, bushing the wheels
* The dressing of the wheels after you have the bushed
* Prepping the glass, scoring, breaking,grozzing,cutting shapes. Just for this chapter on cutting shapes it was worth the cost of the book.
* The engraving process, covers everything from before you begin to what to do if your masterpiece breaks
* Beveling. this is a whole separate area of skill and work process. It is the longest chapter, because of the number of steps involved in the cutting and polishing of the glass
* A step by step project, from start to finish
* Special effects, from eyeglass engraving to engraving flash glass
* Patterns to practice with, As with most things in life its practice, practice and practice
* And a number of sample patterns to get started.

Filled with B&W photo's and drawings, of the work and processes. along with a color plate gallery of some pieces. The pictures of the studio and equipment along with the work area are of a major glass studio. Which may give the impression of heavy duty equipment etc. But as with all things you can start on a smaller scale.

07-17-2008, 06:51 AM
Illustrated Guide to the NEC 1996
By John E Traister
Craftsman Books
Trade paper back

As with all these NEC guides and books deal with the electrical parts of homes, shops and commercial buildings.
If your are buying one make sure it is dated as close to the local code year as possible so you will have the latest info.

This book covers every section of the NEC. It is designed to give a quick way to visualize correct installation. Along with the sections on the rough wiring, switches,panelboards and load centers. branch circuits and feeders.

It has a section with clearly diagrammed eletric signs,busways,ducts,heating systems,computer systems welding and lifting equipment.

This and these type of books take hours off the time needed to figure out what the h*ll are they talking about.

07-18-2008, 06:14 AM
Freehand Sketching
by J W Giachino
Herny J Beukema
ATP publication
Trade paperback

A very few lucky people can turn out a well proportioned freehand sketch. This book is pretty good with some tips and instructions on how to improve your drawings.

Those that have to send out parts of their drawing to a part made some place else know how frustrating this can be. This book is a text book course sort of. With graph or squared paper in the book, you can do the practice exercises. If your like me you will need more
than half a sheet of paper to get a good looking drawing. But that can be remedied at most any office supply store.

* Basic principals of freehand sketching
* Lettering a sketch
* Making multiveiew sketches
* Dimensioning multiview sketches
* Sketching sectional views
* Sketching auxiliary views
* Making Pictorial Sketches
* Sketching fastening devices
* Shading a sketch
* Sketching graphs and charts

No pictures but lots of drawing examples.here is one source for the book

07-19-2008, 05:59 AM
Glass Etching (media blasting)
surface techniques and designs
by Norman Dobbins & Debra Felberg Oxley
CKE Publications

I have taken a number of Norms classes, and have a number of his excellent video tapes on glass surface decoration.
The books are also great, When dealing with the art of media blasting glass, Norm and his wife sort of wrote the original book.

With only slight modification of the drawings used for blasting, can be made useful for cut out with plasma or converting to 3D cut out type wall hangings.

The book is divided into three sections,
Section I
Techniques for surface etching

* Understanding glass etching
* The design and the glass
* Preparation for etching
* The sandblasting process
* Now what can you make

Section II
Glass etching equipment & safety procedures

* Compressors
* Sandblasters and abrasives
* blast cabinets
* safety equipment
* In conclusion

Section III
Designs for etching

* Full size pattern ordering information

07-19-2008, 08:02 AM
You forgot "War and Peace", "The Illiad", and "The Oddysey" (sp?):D

07-20-2008, 06:21 AM
Glass Etching II (Media Blasting)
Carving techniques and designs
by Debra Felberg Oxley &Norman Dobbins
CKE Publications
Booklet large format

Here is another joint effort on the subject of multi stage or (layered) carving of glass for more depth in the piece.
Again it is divide into sections, then sub divide into chapters.

Section I
Techniques for Multi-stage Carving

* Principals of multi-stage carving
* Understanding the carving process
* preparing the glass
* Carving the glass
* Intermediate Techniques
* Equipment

Section II
Designs for Multi-stage Carving

* 42 pages of patterns for enlargement, multi-stage carving. Some have the numbered stages or sequence of carving so you know when to take the resit off. They go from simple plants to very complex dragons. And from small coasters to door and wall panels.

There are some B&W photos showing steps done along with line drawings, and some color pictures of the works and a gallery section.

It is worth it for the pattern drawing for glass, stained glass of metal work.

07-21-2008, 06:20 AM
Etched Glass
techniques & design
by Norm and Ruth Dobbins
Hand Book Press
Norther Lights Books
Hard cover

I guess you could call this a very through handbook on the
processes of glass surface etching, carving and shading. Filled with great color and B&W process photos, charts and drawings it gives you the information to develop a working knowledge of the basics and heading toward the more involved pieces.

I have taken a number of their classes and courses at the sign Business shows over the years. They are as complete in their classes as in this book and in their wonderful dvd's. Which you can rent from glass etching DVD's rentals

Back to the book:
Basics and background

* Abrasives
* Etching cream
* Work space

A Glass Primer
* The basic recipe
* Physical Characteristics
* Color
* Texture
* Mirror
* Safety Glass
* Cleaning the glass surface

* Sheet,found,Applying sheet resists
* Applying precut, and photo resists

* Function of design, Converting design,sizing designs, transferring designs to resist, cutting the design

Surface Etching
* Design, glass,resists surface etching process and etching with cream

* Overview,glass, resist,carving styles stage numbering process and the carving process

* Glass,resists,designs, stage numbering process, blasting process
* The importance of lighting

* Blasters, cabinets buy or rent and safety
* Gallery
* Appendices

The name of their company is Professional Glass Consultants Their web site

07-22-2008, 06:23 AM
Decorating Glass
painting, embossing,engraving etching
by Polly Rothenberg
Crown Publishing

Here is another one that the metal artist will find is filled with some ideas and easy enough techniques to add another dimension to their work. from just adding color stain glass panels to the garden art for color, to decorative painted panels hanging from a fancy scrolled post or shepherds type hook.
Covering mostly easy to do with low equipment and supplies.

The book is divided into 6 sections of separate information on glass work if you count the introduction/glass cutting as one section. Glass cutting is one of those things that if you didn't learn all the steps and you don't follow all of them precisely, you will probably fail. Another thing is people don't under stand that old glass that been around for years is more likely to wild crack than new.

Filled with 170 B&W photos along with numerous drawings. and a color photo section. It covers the 5 major decoration techniques,further divides them into sections dealing with the subject matter.

* Cutting glass
* unfired painting, prep work,paints, brushes,materials and a number of projects that don't require firing
* Metallic paints ands other techniques and enameling 3 dimensional glass
* Covers the bonding of glass to glass, either stained or other by fusing or epoxy glue, finishing up with coloring glass with fused enamel,an embossing over wire,clay and other materials
* This should be called engraving and etching lite as it deals with a vibrating engraving tool and the cream /chemical etching
* Never the less it does show that some credible results came be forth coming with these techniques.
* A short section on making jewelry with what you have learned

Finishing up with the Standard glossary, supply sources and index for the craft books of the 70,s
This one is a common one on the used book market and should be a lower cost find,along at its publishing time a mass market remainder book.

07-23-2008, 06:39 AM
wonders of wonders
By Cozy Baker
C&T Publishing
Hard Cover

What can one say about them other than most people at one time in their lives have been enthralled by them. Whether the simple cheap cardboard kind or fancy brass tube with changeable glass decorated wheels.
From the Pringles can ones for cub scouts and brownies projects, to the copper pipe or PVC ones with shelf paper or fabric covering. They can be everything from a fun shop job to mediative time away from the world in building.

This book is an eye candy delight if nothing else.Or it can be a doorway to another level of fun in the shop.

* Kaleidoscopes: Origin and History
* Kaleidoscopes Renaissance
* Meditative and Therapeutic Value
* Diversity of Exterior Designs
* Variety of Interior Images
* Award Winners
* Galleries, Museums, and Shops
* Appendices, who's who in kaleidoscope artists,Tips on building your own, The patents that started it all
* Glossary
* Bibliography
* Index

From the different styles and types of them. And sizes from very tiny ones to room sized ones to projector types. With the information included at the end of the book. You can build our own therapeutic tool.

07-24-2008, 06:12 AM
Art Metals
C Vernon Siegner
a general shop series
hardcover text book
Goodheart Wilcox
copyright ©1961

Since this is a text book some here may have used it, but as with most of the books published by Goodheart Wilcox. they tend to find they way into general use as a learning book for the home shops or studio's.

It is set up as an exploratory course of metal working. So one can develop experience in becoming consumers of metal in the adult recreation or hobby interest.

It is slightly less than 100 hundred pages, filled with drawing and B&W photo's of the projects and processes of introduction to the art metal shop and its work.
The first half is devoted to all the basics of metals and their uses,and the the later half to early 60's style projects.

Its set up in unit style with questions at the end of each.
From design of the project,safety, layout and measuring tools,cutting,drilling and punching art metals. Files,abrasives,annealing and pickling. Bending and twisting forming by beating into forms.By raising,spinning, decorating,assembling cold connections,coloring. Tooling and etching metals,enameling,finishing.

And the projects. round out the book. It may seem silly for the old hands but these books turn up, and are low cost and you can fill some holes in your knowledge base. And if you are just starting out or did come through school in the industrial arts era. they can give a good overview on the cheap. This one covers spotting as a decorating technique. using the drill press,wood dowel with sponge or leather glued to one end and carborundum grains. Today it is better known as engine turning and was a popular Hot Rod dash and gage decoration.

07-25-2008, 06:08 AM
T.Gardner Boyd
a general shop series
hardcover text book
Goodheart Wilcox

Since this is a text book some here may have used it, but as with most of the books published by Goodheart Wilcox. They tend to find they way into general use as a learning book for the home shops or studio's.

It is set up as an exploratory course of metal working. So one can develop experience in becoming consumers of metal in the adult recreation or hobby interest.

It is slightly more than 100 pages, again filled with B&W photo's of the tools projects and processes. In addition to the line drawings and charts.
Starting out with the basic essentials:

* Metal in our everyday lives
* Designing Metalworking projects
* Metal shop safety

Instead of having separate chapters on tools and equipment. They have incorporated them into each of the chapters,were they would be used. A better idea, I feel as they are fresh when they are discussing them.

* Bench and wrought metal
* Sheet metal
* forging
* Heat treatment of steels
* Foundry
* Machine shop

The other thing I like about this book is that it puts the hand metal working skills ahead of machine shop work and only covers the basic equipment in it. There is a greater emphasis placed on hand and minimal equipment working. And the metalworking projects reflect that.
Its set up in unit style with questions at the end of each.

07-26-2008, 07:09 AM
Artistic Metalwork
by A F Bick
Bruce Publishing Milwaukee
Milwaukee Public schools
Hard cover Text book

Another of those golden classics, from the era. Just before WWII when teaching and learning manual skills was thought important for boy and girl, women and man. Granted a bit different skills from the time. But still important,

To "It is designed for classes and home shops with limited equipment, and for those that are seeking projects that are artistic yet low in cost."

It is divide into 3 sections, Equipment and Materials, Methods and Devices and the the projects.
Section I
Equipment and Materials

* Equipment and Materials, covers tools, the minimum requirements, additional tools, materials and supplies
Section II
Methods and Devices
* Methods and Devices
* Marking metal
* Metal shaping, cutting,forming,annealing,hardening,straightening, filing,bending, fluting,flaring,folding grooving. Low raising and shaping,Cold forming of iron and forging and hot forming
* Surface decoration, Chasing, engraving,etching,beaded edges, planishing
* Fastening,drilling,center punching,punching holes into thin metals,countersinking,riveting,tapping,threading,s oft soldering pewter soldering and welding
* Casting, patterns,molds,vents,pouring, wood molds,hollow castings,pewter rods flaws
* Finishing, polishing,specific finishes, cleaning washing
* chemical cleaning, coloring by acid painting preserving metals
* Wiring. terminal threads,electrical fixtures and wiring light switches.

Section III

* There are 59 projects, designed with a sense of historical, and artistic accuracy.The thin metals, tin, pewter,copper,brass. Wrought and modeled iron. He does use the term wrought in the correct meaning of worked iron. Cast metals,and a tool steel project.

The projects each have a beginners, intermediate or advance notation in the index, the only photos are B&W of each project. There are detailed shop drawings of each with all dimensions, along with detail materials lists.
A wonderful assortment of candle sticks, bowls, hinges,boxes vases,wall hanging vases, hooks,hooks and more hooks. Fluted items,brackets for lights and plants,a Georgian scale,pewter spoons and bronze miniatures.

This is one of those that should at least be attempted to track down.

07-27-2008, 06:43 AM
Step-by-Step Enameling
William Harper
Golden Press
Trade paperback

As metal workers are always looking for some thing new to give their work an extra kick. Than even small torch fired enamel medallions will give a glow in the sunlight.

This is another of the introduction ones from the 70's craft movement. Covering of the things in enameling that somebody just starting out might ask.
It is another low cost option if you track down a copy. As it was low cost glue binding when made. It is filled with line drawings,B&W photos along with color ones on matt finish paper through out the book.

* Introduction
* Techniques: A Preview
* Tools and materials
* Work area
* Metals,working and prepping etc
* Enamels,prepping and working techniques
* Firing process
* Finishing
* Mounting
* Color tests
* Stencils
* Foils
* Sgraffito
* Techniques with projects
* Additional techniques, other than enamel to combine with
* Glossary
* Solutions Chart
* Directory

This will give the beginner or old hand more of an education to add to the skills set they have.

07-27-2008, 09:51 AM
IPT's Industrial Trades Handbook
(power transmission systems)
By Bruce M Basaraba
Soft cover pocket format
3 3/4"x5 3/4"

Divided in to 9 sections covering one class of elements of power transmission devices,parts, bits and pieces. It is whole knowledge set that probably, can solve any questions you have on connection and drive issues.

Section 1 Couplings
¤From rigid couplings,flex,flange,jaw and slider,roller chain through floating shaft couplings
Section 2 Gears
¤From terminology and descriptions of the type pf gears,Zero bevel, straight,spiral,hypoid,worm,planetary gear systems to setting the proper backlash for each.and lubrication.
Section 3 Friction Bearings
¤Journal bearing parts,bearing classification,thrust,tilting pad,materials, properties,oil groves, babbitting procedures,safety, pouring,scraping,and bearing housing styles.
Section 4 Roller Element Bearings
¤From the introduction, parts, element types, materials and styles. Loads, ball, Roller taper, needle. Mounting hot,cold and shaft info,clearances,seals, lubrication and failures. Ending with the abbreviation standards.
Section 5 Clutches
¤From the different types of engagements,to the different types of clutches, installation and maintenance.
Section 6 Belt Drives
¤arc of contact,belt drives,crossed pulleys,idler pulleys,tension,friction. V-belts, variable belts,sheaves, positive belts, pulleys, idlers. Linked belts,flat belts,v-belt sheaves and sheave maintenance.
Section 7 Chain Drives
¤Chaim drives,chain types,roller, detachable,pintle,silent,leaf.Sprockets, tension, alignment,lubrication,installation, chain breakers,inspection. And chain drive factors.
Section 8 Alignment
¤misalignment,shaft, dial indicators,alignment devices,soft foot,piping strain, coupler runout,shims, shaft straigtening methods and deflection.
Section 9 Trade Data
¤from the metric conversion, bolting torque,key and shaft sizes, key set screws sizes.steel classification drill sizes,tap drill sizes, metric bolts etc.

This is one that has it all for the small time fabricator or home shop person that is going to build the next Hemi powered snowblower. The only complaint I have with it is some of the print is small in the charts. but good lighting and a pocket magnifier works:D

Filled with charts and drawings through out the 488 pages it is well worth the cost if you only use it for the tensioning info on the belts and chains along with the lube info in you shop and garden equipment.

You can fined it here all the time

07-28-2008, 06:30 AM
Step-by-Step Enameling
William Harper
Golden Press
Trade paperback

As metal workers are always looking for some thing new to give their work an extra kick. Than even small torch fired enamel medallions will give a glow in the sunlight.

This is another of the introduction ones from the 70's craft movement. Covering of the things in enameling that somebody just starting out might ask.
It is another low cost option if you track down a copy. As it was low cost glue binding when made. It is filled with line drawings,B&W photos along with color ones on matt finish paper through out the book.

* Introduction
* Techniques: A Preview
* Tools and materials
* Work area
* Metals,working and prepping etc
* Enamels,prepping and working techniques
* Firing process
* Finishing
* Mounting
* Color tests
* Stencils
* Foils
* Sgraffito
* Techniques with projects
* Additional techniques, other than enamel to combine with
* Glossary
* Solutions Chart
* Directory

This will give the beginner or old hand more of an education to add to the skills set they have.

07-29-2008, 06:35 AM
The Pipe Fitter's and Pipe Welder's Handbook
by Thomas W Frankland
Glencoe Plublishing
ISBN# 0-02802500-8

Another pocket sized format just under 4"x6" it is amazing what they can pack into such a small space.
Divide into 4 sections:

Basic Trade Mathematics

Starting with the math, and making as painless as possible.
Triangles and trigonometry,the set,run and travel
Along with all manner of formula for laying out pipe bends
from simple to wrinkle bends and everything in between.
Linear expansion of pipe,Capacities of tanks,of all shapes.
Methods of layout for angles,flanges squares,elliptical
holes in sheet metal.

Pipe Fitting Calculations

Calculating offsets,rolling offsets, offsets and around
obstructions of all types. A truly bewildering array of

Pipe Welding Layout

General layout, and turns to the laying out of the cut lines
for all manner of fittings and runs. Tees, reducing tees,
true Y's, blanking off pipe with orange peel or bull plugs.
To a number of methods for laying out angle iron brackets
from one continuous length of steel.

Reference Tables

Are filled with the dimensional information on all kinds of
pipe and fitting materials.Along with a few of the most
useful tables for a pipe fitter

If you do the pipe hand railings, this would be a bonus for you for the double offsets, and all the other moves in pipe that have you scratching your head. And saying How do I do that.

07-30-2008, 06:04 AM
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
A guidebook to advance arc welding knowledge worldwide
by Michael S Flagg editor
Soft cover book
James F Lincoln Arc welding Foundation
ISBN# 0-937390-00-3
45 pages of just the facts, on TIG or GTAW. Punched so you can put it in a 3 hole binder if you choose. It is filled with B&W photos, carts, drawings and diagrams.

* Arc welding safety
* Introduction
* Fundamentals
* Manual welding techniques
* Automatic welding techniques
* Welding of materials
* Appendix of charts of filler metals and electrode info

Yes it is a slim volume, does it give a very good overview of the process and techniques yes it does. For the cost about $5.00 plus shipping is it worth it yes.

07-31-2008, 06:29 AM
This next group or number of reviews will be about a package deal that Miller has on their web site. I will go over the separate books and booklets along with the calculators.
scroll done towards the bottom of the page for this pacakge

Miller Student Package $25.00

* (11) Miller Reference Books
o GMAW-P (PulsedMIG) Welding Publication
o GTAW (TIG) Welding Publication
o GMAW (MIG) Welding Publication
o Guidelines for GMAW Welding
o The Fundamentals of Solid State
o Principles of Arc Welding
o Handbook for Resistance Spot Welding
o Arc Stud Welding Fundamentals
o Paralleling Arc Welding Power Sources
o Basic Electricity
o Welding and the World of Metals
* Universal Safety Symbol Poster
* (3) Miller Slide Calculators — Stick, MIG, and TIG

Most items will ship within 24 hours. If you prefer, you can also order by calling us at 920-735-4356.

Shipping and handling charges are already included in all prices.

The books if you buy them and everything else separate would be knocking around $100.00
And buy the way you all are students here.
The poster is sort of lame but then its an OSHA type so no punch like the t shirts.

I will post the pics of the items as discussed. You could say that this is the best deal on the internet.
Or you can download full length PDF version from the miller site also.

08-01-2008, 06:47 AM
TIG handbook for GTAW
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
by Edward R Bohnart and the Miller Staff
Miller Electric
copyright ©2005
Trade Paperback

With 12 sections on everything TIG, it is a very good start for the complete non welder or even an old hand it has a lot of information

* Section I The GTAW (TIG) PROCESS
Covers introduction and the advantages of the process
Section II
* GTAW Fundamentals
This is great if you have a Miller Machine or contemplating getting one. As the examples are Miller machines, but it gives coverage to all the bells and whistles that are on TIG welders.
Section III
* GTAW Equipment
Safety basic, And then goes over all the types of machines,duty cycle, input voltage and connections. Then moves on to the accessory items, Torch and all it parts, coolers, coolant and other.
Section IV
* Electrodes and Consumables
Electrodes, their prep, Shielding Gas,flow rates and pre and post flows,filler materials and types.
Section V
* Safety
Section VI
* Preparation for Welding
Setting the machines before you start welding, and then some information on the prepping of the different materials. And then welding.
Section VII
* Joint Design and Types of Welds
Types of joints and welds
Section VIII
* Techniques for Basic Weld Joints
Gives you a start on all the little things that go into a good TIG weld. Like the torch and rod positions for the various type of joints.
Section XI
* Cost Considerations of the GTAW Process
Section X
* GTAW Troubleshooting
Section XI
* Tables
Section XII
* Glossary

From the Introduction to the end it doesn't waste any of the 80 pages. Filled with Drawing, charts and B&W pictures of the equipment,processes and weld joints.
This book is probably the most bang for your dollar. what makes it even better. You can download it from the Miller site PDF for free!
or you can get it in the package deal in the previous post in the Miller student package. For $25.00.

Sale items

PDF downloads

08-02-2008, 06:58 AM
This is in the Miller Student Package $25.00
Gas Metal Arc Welding
by Miller Electric Training Dept
Trade Paperback
Revised 1994


Another of their well prepared,books filled with information, B&W photos, carts and multi shaded line line drawings so you can tell the parts and pieces in the explanations.
142 pages packed with more than the average home shop guy will probably need.

I History of GMAW
II GMAW Fundamentals

* Types of GMAW
* Power for Welding
* Alternating Current
* Frequency
* Single-Three Phase
* Direct Current
* Polarity
* Cables,Work and Ground Connections
* Voltage,Amperage,Resistance

III Modes of GMAW Transfer

* Short circuit Transfer
* Globular Transfer
* Spray Arc Transfer
* Pulsed Spray Transfer

IV GMAW Equipment

* Welding machines
* CV,CC Welding Machines
* Duty Cycle,Selecting a welding Machine,
* Wire Feeders, Contractor Control,Drive Rolls,
* Microprocessor Wire Feeders,and Systems
* Automatic Welding Systems,Robots,
* Semiautomatic Welding Guns, Gun Components,Water Cooled Guns, Automatic Guns

V GMAW Variables

* Wire Feed Speed,Travel Speed,Voltage,Slope,Inductance,Gun Angle and Electrode Extension

VI GMAW Electrode Wires

* Specifications for Manufacturing
* Usage,Make Up, Care and Storage
* Selection of Wire
* Steel,Stainless Steel,Aluminum,and other Electrod Wires

VII GMAW Shielding Gases

* Shielding Gas Cylinders,regulator-Flowmeters
* Argon Effects on Gun Duty Cycle
* The Shielding Gas Effects of Various Materials,and Modes of transfer

VIII Joint Design and Weld symbols

* All Styles of Common Joints and the Welding Symbols used and the Meanings on the Drawings

IX Preweld Preparation
X Postweld Operations
XI GMAW Applications
XII GMA Spot,Plug,Slot Welding

* Way more than you might want to know on these industrial processes.

XIII Welding in the Flat Position

* Everything you need to know, to do it correctly

XIV Welding in Horizontal,Vertical, and Overhead Positions

* Everything you need to know about welding in these positions, from the volt amp parameters to the between pass cleaning and gun design

XV Weld Defects
XVI GMAW Troubleshooting
XVII Cost Considerations
XVIII Safety
XIX Glossary
XX Tables

08-03-2008, 07:03 AM
More from the Miller student package
Welding Sliding Calculators
There is the SMAW
Stick Amperage Calculator which will tell you, the amperage range for the rod,thickness of metal,(3/32"to 1/4" or in mm),usage,polarity,position,penetration,rod type, AC/DC.
It covers 6010/6011,6013,7014,7018,7024,Ni-Cl and 308L rods
common steels,Cast iron and Stainless steel. This is strictly for the common types and not the exotics.

The back of it has conditions that affect weld bead shape. And striking the arc with drawings. On the back of the slider there are B&W pictures of good and bad weld beads, with short one line explanations.

The next one is the GMAW
MIG calculator, which will tell you for material thickness 3/32" to 5/8". For flux cored,automated submerged arc,on one side.Wire size,amperage,voltage, travel speed-IPM,wire feed-IPM(automated submerged arc) With the deposition rate of solid steel wire.(set the wire size at wire speed and it gives the rate in pounds/hour) Wire diameter,current range,wire feed speed IPM, voltage for both Co2 and C-25(flux cored)
On the other side,MIG welding amps/volts/gas,for material type(steel,stainless and aluminum) in thickness(22gauge to 1/2"). And wire feed speed-IPM from .030",.035",.040"steel. .035"(Stainless), .035",3/64",1/16" (4043) Aluminum


The final one in the set of 3 is the GTAW Calculator
TIG calculator,one one side it gives information on electrodes,(common) and the sharpening of same.with drawings, it also has drawing of the common types of welds keyed to numbers on the slider chart.
It has info for mild steel,stainless,deoxidized copper,on one side. And aluminum,magnesium,and titanium on the other.
it covers from 1/16"--1/2" AND .040 3/4"(Magnesium).
It will give the Tungsten electrode size,cup orifice diameter,Filler rod, type(dcen/dcep/ac),Current for flat welding(with instruction on how to adjust for out of position), gas type, flow rate cfh,psi,and the speed IPM. Along with any remarks for multiple passes, per heat etc.

For the old hand or daily working welder they may seem of no use. But to the weekend warrior/home shop welder they can be a time saver for the money they cost either alone or in the student package.

They are made out of heavy weight plastic coated cardboard, which makes cleaning the easier. And they come with a handy plastic carrying case.


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08-04-2008, 07:06 AM
Miller student package deal. About a package deal that Miller has on their web site. I will go over the separate books and booklets
student package http://www.millerwelds.com/education/tools/
PDF's downloads http://www.millerwelds.com/education/bookspamphlets.html

Basic Electricity
by G K Willecke
Miller Electric
soft cover book
copyright ©1954


Well it is just what it says it is only thing they add in side is that it is aimed or written for arc weldors. On the electrical fundamentals, Just shy of 100 pages.
It covers in 17 chapters most everything a person working with welding equipment needs to know in operation and the why.

* Fundamental concepts
* Definitions
* Current flow
* Facts & figures
* Magnetic fields
* Faraday's contributions
* Induction
* Transformers
* current voltage lag
* Cosine phase angle
* Theory and practice
* Joules and watts
* DC
* How much measuring current
* Electron's at rest
* When trouble strikes
* Hieroglyphics electrical symbols

The director of electrical research at Miller at the time used the method of writing this book with some humor, and a lot analogies.
Including the titles so they may not make sense when looking at the contents. I have changed some of the titles of the chapters to reflect the contents of same.
It still covers all the basics of welding machine electrical.

Solid State Fundamentals
by Miller
soft cover booklet


Another of the basic volumes so you can understand solid state operation and components. if nothing else than for trouble shooting a unit before hauling it off to the shop.

* Basic Electricity
* Solid State Components
* How a Solid State welding Power Source Works
* Why use solid State
* Welding Terms Glossary and Explanation of Electrical Parts

And Tim Taylor of tool time's favorite MORE POWER!
Paralleling Arc Welding Power Sources
by Miller
soft cover booklet
copyright ©2005


When the job requires a higher amperage than is available from one unit you can hook up multiple units. Two or more as long as they are electrically similar. the current goes up but the voltage remains the same.

* Paralleling
* Recommended Equipment
* Selecting cables sizes
* A Nomogram for Computing weld cable size
* drawings of hook ups
* Other Equipment information what not to parallel

All have the safety information, line drawings when needed.

08-05-2008, 06:24 AM
Miller student package deal. About a package deal that Miller has on their web site. I will go over the separate books and booklets http://www.millerwelds.com/education/tools/
PDF's downloads http://www.millerwelds.com/education/bookspamphlets.html

GMAW-P Pulsed Spray Transfer
by Miller
Soft cover booklet
copyright ©1994


It is a training booklet, that comes with a test and if you pass it and want to send Miller a $3.00 check with the test card(they correct it:D ) You will get a certificate of completion for GMAW-P theory.

History of GMAW
Modes of GMAW transfer
Equipment for GMAW-Pulsed Spray Transfer
Equipment hookup and Parameter selection
Preparing to weld

It has drawings, charts and B&W pictures covering the process.
At the end it has the 50 question multiple guess test if you care to find out how much you learned.

08-06-2008, 06:27 AM
Miller student package deal. About a package deal that Miller has on their web site. I will go over the separate books and booklets purchase
PDF's downloadshttp://www.millerwelds.com/education/bookspamphlets.html

Handbook for Resistance Spot Welding
by Miller ©2007
soft cover booklet


* Safety Precautions
* Introduction
* Fundamentals of Resistance Spot Welding
* Maintenance and Troubleshooting

If you have one of those hand held pincer style knocks offs or a real miller one this will answer some of the questions you have when you start out using it from why am I tripping the breaker each time to dressing the electrode points. If not it will answer the question can I use one, screen spot welding to frames and other sheet metal jobs.

Arc Stud Welding Fundamentals
By Miller
copyright© 2005
soft cover booklet


* Safety Precautions
* Arc Stud Welding SW) Guidelines
* Stud welding Process
* Weld Inspection/Trouble Shooting

They have given all the information on studs welding to steel tanks or plates. and charts and drawing in both booklets. I have an off brand that was given to me of a type of stud welder that is used for attaching the boiler lagging rivet/studs to the boiler and it pretty much follows the same information path as Millers.

08-07-2008, 06:37 AM
Miller student package deal. About a package deal that Miller has on their web site. I will go over the separate books and booklets purchasehttp://www.millerwelds.com/education/tools/
PDF's downloads http://www.millerwelds.com/education/bookspamphlets.html

Principals of Shielded Metal Arc Welding(SMAW)
by Miller
Small format booklet


This 18 pages introduction to stick welding(SMAW), is the basics just the basics. Gives the basics movements with drawings to show starting the arc, angle and direction along with the parts that make a good weld or bad.

It all so covers out of position welding. with multi pass welding and a number of electrode sizes and the amperage suggested range for the size of the electrode.
Clear line drawings with lots of notations.

08-08-2008, 06:46 AM
Miller student package deal. About a package deal that Miller has on their web site. I will go over the separate books and booklets purchase section http://www.millerwelds.com/education/tools/
PDF's downloads Downloads http://www.millerwelds.com/education/bookspamphlets.html

Guidelines for Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
by Miller


Another slim introduction to the process, With charts and drawings.

* Safety
* Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
* Modes of GMAW Transfer
* GMAW Welding Troubleshooting

Covers short circuit,globular and spray transfer methods along with a selections of the gases and mixes used. A much more detail overview is in the full size book covered earlier in the Miller student package.

The only thing I haven't covered is the safety poster, and due to the fact it is OSHA style type approved. It is sort of uninspiring, not like their T shirts with the bright colors and pictures.

Miller Student Package $25.00

* (11) Miller Reference Books
o GMAW-P (Pulsed MIG) Welding Publication
o GTAW (TIG) Welding Publication
o GMAW (MIG) Welding Publication
o Guidelines for GMAW Welding
o The Fundamentals of Solid State
o Principles of Arc Welding
o Handbook for Resistance Spot Welding
o Arc Stud Welding Fundamentals
o Paralleling Arc Welding Power Sources
o Basic Electricity
o Welding and the World of Metals
* Universal Safety Symbol Poster
* (3) Miller Slide Calculators — Stick, MIG, and TIG

Most items will ship within 24 hours. If you prefer, you can also order by calling us at 920-735-4356.

Shipping and handling charges are already included in all prices.

The books if you buy them and everything else separate would be knocking around $100.00
And buy the way you all are students here.
The poster is sort of lame but then its an OSHA type so no punch like the t shirts.
Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

08-09-2008, 06:41 AM
Welding,Cutting & Heating Guide
By Victor equipment company
Booklet soft cover,
Victor is now thermadyne and here is there PDF download page for parts and service manualshttp://www.thermadyne.com/victor/component/option,com_doclib/Itemid,271/


Most jump right in to Oxygen/fuel cutting no matter which flavor you prefer.
With little thought or knowledge of the correct parameters for getting the job done correctly and economically.
I have to admit that I to fell in to this group to. I picked this up and it was years before I sat down and read it. It was amazing what I didn't know!

* General Safety Information, the things to keep you safe
* Industrial Gases, in addition to the usual suspects their was and is a whole group of fuel gases for cutting specialized work
* Oxy/Fuel Apparatus Description and Function, all the bits and pieces
* Setting Up the Equipment for Welding, from the cylinder out to adjusting the flame
* Welding Procedures, from metal prep to when you finish
* Setting the Equipment for Cutting,from cylinders to flame adjustment and piercing
* Oxy/Fuel Cutting Operations from tip selection to how to achieve a quality cut
* Operational and Performance Data,charts, charts, charts, From a chart on the correct pressures and cutting tip sizing with the different fuel gases To orifice and drill size and finally the pressure drop and amount of correction in the hose sets to achieve the proper working pressure at the torch
* And finally a very complete glossary of gas welding terminology

They have an abundance of parts operating manuals in PDF format their web site. Don't know which one the above booklet is but the information will be in one or more of their others.

08-10-2008, 06:48 AM
RegO Welding & Cutting Handbook
by RegO company
soft cover booklet


A name with a long history in the welding field, They manufactured regulators, torches and complete set ups on and off again for and under their own brands. Also for National Cylinder Gas, Chemetron, and the some of the Sears Craftsman label.

Currently they don't show any torches or regulators under their own brand on the company web site. RegO/Rexair, is the name. You can get torches tips for the torches from The Goss company here http://www.gossonline.com/site/Rexarc_Rego_Tips.php

This booklet was used as a student guide in some high school welding classes, and was included in the complete set ups. It starts with an introduction to the RegO torch line and covers safety, warranty,it does cover welding, brazing and cutting.
With drawings,and a number of charts covering their torches, tips and the proper welding of the most common joints. To the proper shutting down of the welding or cutting equipment.
It also goes into the proper cutting of metals whether thin sheet or thicker material.
It does have some B&W pictures of just about every possible combination of factors affecting the cut and kerf of material.

08-11-2008, 06:29 AM
The RegO guidebook to cutting torches
By RegO
Copyright ©1978
out sized booklet


It covers all their cutting torches, at the time it was printed both the hand cutting and the machine mounted torches. With B&W pictures of each and a complete description of them. It has a fold out chart with drawings of each tip that is available with an end view of the orifice shapes and patterns. for all the types of fuel gas and torches.
Along with a color coded chart of which tip goes to what torch.

08-12-2008, 06:25 AM
Brazing & Soldering Manual (collectible)
for the services trades
All-State welding alloys
Booklet small format
copyright 1967


A very interesting little booklet, that the web has now replaced. As the corporate virus of got to be the big outfit. Has had this company purchased by ESAB All-State site pages

The first section is a how to of brazing & soldering defined. flux, solder and pre cleaning and post cleaning.

The middle is a product data sheets for their line of products at the time. with charts and pictures and drawings of the proper connections for the service trades ( H&C along with refrigerations systems.)
They typically have the procedure to use the product, and applications.

The finial section is more of the technical hints and tips, along with techniques,for doing it right.
If you come across one it is a keeper.

08-13-2008, 07:25 AM
Hobart Helpful Hints to Basic Welding
Booklet,give away at the Hobart dealers
A couple of years ago


Another of the great freebees if you keep it it will answer a lot of questions. As it was toolbox sized. filled with charts, B&W photos and drawings of basic stick and wire welding. It gives great starting points for the material thickness, type of wire or electrode and the amps. Along with Clear B&W photos of good and bad welds.

If they still aren't giving it out they should put it up as a PDF for down load on their site. Here

08-14-2008, 06:05 AM
AGA A guide to MIG Welding Equipment and how to use it

AGA A guide to Oxy-Fuel Cutting safety and Flashback Prevention
Booklet format


Two booklets that AGA/Linde/BOC depending on what country you are in.
AGA world
Linde USA
BOC Canada
They both are general in nature and talk about the benefits of using the mixes of gas that they sold. Along with the general information on steel, aluminum and stainless welding. And the effects on different welds and parts of the weld along with speed and voltage and current.

Arc types,wire and gun selection,with how to chose the correct gas mix.
And of course safety.

The second booklet is one that takes you through the set up and operation,and safety with a generic torch set up. Covers safety and the how and why along with a detailed description of the two flashback arrestors.

Both are filled with cartoonish type line drawings, of a character in unsafe and safe working procedures. And some charts and trouble shooting charts.

08-15-2008, 06:30 AM
Welding for Arts & Crafts
by Dewayne Roy
Thomson/Delmar Learning
Trade paperback

Or from Powells bookshttp://www.powells.com


As with most books on hobby welding, It covers all the basic forms,SMAW,GTAW,GMAW,Plasma and oxyfuel cutting along with short troubleshooting guide.

Also the obligatory chapter on safety, Instead of a long drawn out lecture on it he gives "Roy's Rules for Welding" containing short pertinent information.

Then he moves on to the reason you would have picked up the book!

* Yard Art, shovel angels,birdbaths,a to a rain gauge,7 projects or ideas to jump off on
* Something Fishy, right up our forum's street 4 projects from picture frames ,lamp,bird feeder
* Critters 7 projects from copper winged dragonflies,frogs,to cows
* Candle holders,5 projects of various candle holders,from single to multiple to wall hanging

The assorted projects are beginner to moderate skill set level. And use common stuff, along with bits and pieces from the architectural supplies.
Like the forged style baskets that you can turn into a bird. Filled with lots and lots of B&W photos for the step by steps. crude average persons line drawings, and easy to find items.
rebar, horse shoes bolts nuts and bits and pieces. My only complaint about the book is that in the source section they didn't include the web addy's for the suppliers,

I guess I'm becoming lazy in it would take a number of steps and save a lot of time looking through the search engine returns.

It is one of the few that claims to be available in Australia,Canada,Mexico,Singapore,Spain, The UK and the USA.

08-16-2008, 05:54 AM
Hardfacing Stick Electrodes and Wires
By Lincoln Electric
Publication C7.10


One of Lincolns information booklets covering their brands of Wearsheild and Lincore,Stick and MIG hardfacing electrodes and wire.

Along with the basic use information, about the kinds of hardfacing material. The sub bands for special auto matic equipment, how to pick the proper one.Charts on use and what the number for requesting the proper specification sheet are.

It gives the Rockwell hardness #,and suggested applications.
If you have use of the wire and electrode on a continuing basis this is one you should have.

Punched for a 3 ring binder cover.

08-17-2008, 05:56 AM
Stick Electrodes for Carbon and Low Alloy Steel
by Lincoln Electric
Publication C2.10


If you ever wondered why, are there so many electrodes other than sizes. And then the question of which one for which application. This is the booklet for you.

It starts with How to select electrodes, then gives some suggested ones for the common trade name steels. Then moves on to the Fast Freeze group, Fast Fill groups, Low Hydrogen group, and Low Hydrogen,Low Alloy Steel Group. And finishes up with all you ever wanted to know about the AWS numbering System.

In each grouping of electrodes it covers:

* Specific Electrode applications
* Electrode Identification and operating data
* Mechanical property requirements
* Mechanical properties test results
* Conformances and approvals

It has the charts and some line drawings to illustrate the topics covered. It also has the basic selection process down into 4 sections. The general methods going to be used to fabricate and steel type, Code Quality,Carbon Steel Welding, or High Strength and Low Alloy Steel welding. Again this one is punched for a 3 hole binder cover.

08-18-2008, 06:31 AM
MIG/MAG Welding Guide
for Gas Metal Arc Welding(GMAW)
by Lincoln Electric
Publication C4.200 9/98 MIG


Another surprising information packed slim volume of only 42 pages. It covers most of the things dealing with MIG(GMAW) welding.

* Introduction
* Fundamentals
* Traditional modes of metal transfer
* High level modes of metal transfer
* Equipment
* Process requirements and applications
* Procedures for carbon steels
* Welding stainless steels
* Welding aluminum
* Safe practices
* Product references

Along with the assortment of charts drawings and diagrams and a few B&W photos. It covers the subject, top to bottom and side to side.

08-19-2008, 06:14 AM
Pipe Welding Techniques
By Griffin,Roden,Briggs
Delmar publishers
Trade Paperback
copyright ©1972


A slim volume of basic pipe welding in 17 units. Since it was published a while ago The field of pipe welding has become more complicated and involved. But is does give the basics

From the applications of pipe welding,to running the various weld beads on the vertical and horizontal pipe. From single pass to multi and weave bead, to Standards and test of the time. To procedure aids for qualifying tests, overhead welds,vertical up and down.

Along with a little pipe fitting,branch connections and lateral pipe connections.

Has drawings, charts and B&W photos to go along with the units. Because of the age of the book. It is more geared to the home shop guy that is looking to build a work table or other pipe frame structures.

Since the publisher is a text/learning trades type they might have an updated version or something like it on their web site.

08-19-2008, 07:09 AM
You miss missed Lincoln's Superglaze Aluminum MIG Welding Guide.
Search for it on Lincoln Electric web site and down load it or pick one up at LWS.
Great information regardless which brand wire you use.

08-20-2008, 06:09 AM
I haven't missed anything as I only list books that I have in my library and have read. There are any number off other books out there some good and some bad very bad. As has been posted in other threads and forums.
It is the pick of the draw as to which ones I have scanned the covers and pulled from the shelves. And then do I have a number Lincoln Electric Foundations books that I have yet to add.

If you feel that you have one, feel free to add a review.

08-20-2008, 06:12 AM
Welco Alloys Technical Guide
by Thermacote Welco

Just a side note the different years have different colors on the covers with the same picture etc green 77 and red 78 are the two I have.

Am older version of their product catalog and uses booklet filled with the spec's for picking the correct filler,braze rod or wire.
Now if I have this right they are now called The Harris product group and they are part of Lincoln Electric Co. here is the live catalog pages something different browsing a cataloghttp://www.harrisproductsgroup.com/equipment/catalogs.asp#

In addition to their complete product line, there are a number of charts, and trouble shooting pages. Steel hardness numbers of the major hardness scales. Symbols and melting points of metals, Composition of aluminum alloys, Federal,military and AWS specifications. cross reference chart with some other brands.

Along with a trouble shooting section,definitions, and welding terms. IT is an information filled booklet. The online version is filled with product information with pictures of the rod and wire,along with the packaging. And the also have all their product line catalogs on line.

08-21-2008, 06:32 AM
Arc Welding
A basic manual of instruction
for arc and TIG welding
by Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation


This is another one of those books, that the people putting them out didn't know how good it was or is still.
I have checked through the Lincoln foundations, they currently have nothing in print at this time like it.

It contains Development of arc welding,how arc welding is used,arc welding equipment and supplies which other then their tombstone welders is a historical section with the advances in electrodes and wire.

Learning to weld, weaving and padding, downhand, horizontal ,vertical and overhead positions.

The effects of heat on metal,using twin carbon arc torch and a single carbon, for bending,brazing soldering. Cutting with the arc.

Welding cast iron, pipe welding, Welding sheet metal, Welding higher carbon and tools steels. Hardsurfacing with the arc.

TIG welding for Beginners

Selecting, designing and planning welded projects.

It still amazes me that they can pack most of the information into 48 pages. That most home shop,farm or small shop welders would need. to know to get the job done.

So if you come across this volume snap it up, as it was published and up date yearly or every other year.

08-22-2008, 06:50 AM
Arc Welding
basic fundamentals
by John R Walker
Goodheart-Willcox Co
copyright ©1973


As with most text books, this one also starts with an introduction to arc welding, measurement,safety,common types of welds and joints,symbols, equipment,types of welding machines(history content),electrode and selecting proper electrodes.

Moves on to joint prep,prepping to weld, short beads,continuous beads,multidirectional beads, padding,welding problems and how to solve them, controlling distortion, various types of the joints and fillet welds,round stock welding,positional welding.

Cutting with the arc,sheet metal, hardsurfacing, carbon arc welding,welding aluminum, welding pipe, identifying metals,quailty control,careers, dictionary of terms.

Charts, drawings in two colors to see the weld and penetration easier, charts and diagrams and B&W photos. Along with the space for the answers to the units question.

08-24-2008, 08:04 AM
Arc Welding part 2
a self instruction guide
by William L Olson
Soft cover booklet 3 hole punched
copyright ©1996
Vector Publications


The second half or part of the two parter. Covers 10 more lessons on various aspects of welding, brazing and using a carbon arc torch. It covers the basic weld joints and electrodes on 1/8",3/32",3/16" and 1/4" metal.

Each unit is set up, with a reference heading of things you should read up on and understand. It doesn't have any one welding text book in mind but is laid out so that any good one can be used.

Each unit is set up, with a reference heading of things you should read up on and understand. It doesn't have any one welding text book in mind but is laid out so that any good one can be used.

Then equipment and materials

Basic information


And ends with questions in what is called evaluation

They have some drawings, of the top side and cross section view of the weld practice pieces. A very good basic guide to how to pratice, and what you really need to know to do it well.

This one covers Grey cast iron butt joints,hard surfacing, Heating and wrinkle bending pipe with a carbon arc torch. vertical fillets on 1/8" metal.

Horizontal butt welds on 1/8" 3/16" positioned in the vertical plane.

Pipe welding,tee and butt joints.

Butt welding using low hydrogen electrodes flat and vertical planes.

Welding zinc alloy die cast using a Tinkers dam.

Brazing an I beam fillet joint on sheet aluminum and butt welds on cast and sheet aluminum.

In rereading the contents page a couple of things caught my eye as it has been a number of years since I first read this.

A tinkers dam, There is a item that is used in welding zinc alloy, it is made to suit the job at had.
There is also welders clay that can be used to make an odd shaped tinkers dam. Of course you can't use the suggested material anymore for the dam material (asbestos,powered) but the other probably is a type of fire or ceramic clay to build the dams on casting.
And all this time I have used the phrase "don't give a tinkers dam" I had thought it was just referring to the old time fixer upper person.

The other thing was "Hot Shortness of metal" which is the attribute of the white metals, zinc,lead,pewter,aluminum and their alloys that are heated. Don't seem to have a malleable stage or color change stage. If they do, it is so short that for all practical purposes, it is non-existent.

So there you have a mini welding lesson for today.

08-25-2008, 06:29 AM
Electronics Pocket Handbook
3rd edition
Prentice-Hall co.
small format pocket book
(Look for the the latest or highest edition number.


Another in the pocket handbook group, which had such great success with the two previous version of the pocket REF and the Industrial Maintenance Edition. It is a great basic and handy quick reference for the subversion and conversion of electronic things to other uses. along with figuring out what is wrong. Since more items are becoming electronic in the shop. Harbor Freight is now selling an electronic air pressure regulating gage.

* Definitions,Formulas,and Charts
* Component Data and Characteristics
* Circuit Analysis and Design
* Units,Conversions and Constants
* Standards,Symbols and Codes
* Tests and Procedures
* Safety and Electrical Wiring
* Dictionary of Computer and Electronic Terms

With drawings, charts symbols and pin out diagrams. Along with basic info for the computer. Stuff to get you buy the bumps in the shop when equipment refuses to work.

08-26-2008, 06:20 AM
Plumbers and Pipefitters Library
Sub titled Welding,Heating, Air Conditioning
by Charles McConnell
Hard Cover
Howard W Sams & co.
copyright ©1977
ISBN# 0-672-23257-x


This one has only a short single chapter on Brazing and Welding. But covers all the important aspects of it relating to the H V and AC work.

Since this is another one that is filled with other great information on the steam heating, hot water heating, boiler fitting,system designs, gas piping, fuel tank installations.

Whether you are planning on building a wood burning heating system. To beat the rising energy costs. Or just need to know about them to keep your system running. this would go a long way to answering your questions.

The welding and brazing section, covers

* Brazing
* Socket brazing
* Oxyacetylene welding
* Cutting torch,regulators
* General precautions
* Arc welding
* Pipe welding, pipe welds MIG welding pipe.

The only thing is you would want to get a copy with the closet to the current year date as the technology changes rapidly. And you might as well be as up to date as possible.

08-27-2008, 06:17 AM
World Catalog of Books

This is sort of a plug for the and a reminder, for a great resource for locating books in one of the 10,000 libraries that are a member of it. If your local library isn't you may want to point it out .
You can check Books, DVD's,Cd's Articles. And their location closest to you. It works on zip code and ISP location. You just type in the title and it will search the database and list the number of copies an their locations starting with the closest one to you.
Over one billion items available

08-28-2008, 06:35 AM
The American Century of John C Lincoln
by Raymond Moley
Duell,Sloan and Pearce
Copyright© 1962


The Lincoln foundation home pagehttp://www.jflf.org/about/history.asp

The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, created in 1936, is the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to educating the public about the art and science of arc welding. Formed when the arc welding industry was in its infancy, the Foundation is now in its seventh decade of publishing educational texts and granting cash awards to recognize technical achievements.

It has some low cost very well prepared books on all aspects of welding and the industry, farm and home type welding. In addition they have a couple that will prove of interest to history buffs whether just American history, or Industrial history. I will be covering some of the books.

Having just received the following I have only read some of the highlights but, it does look extremely promising. Written by a prolific writer of historical politic, business, American history.
It covers the life and times of John C Lincoln and the Lincoln electric company. Filled with pictures, and inside information along with a listing of his patents form 1891 to his last in 1961. It looks like it is going to be a very good read.
you can get it here for $5.00 https://ssl.lincolnelectric.com/foundation/store.asp?PID=16&cat=8

08-29-2008, 06:35 AM
Lincoln Electric: A History
by Virginia P Dawson
The Lincoln Electric company
Trade paper back


A history of the company and the Lincoln family up till 1999 when it was published. Combined with the previous book of the life and times of the family and founder. It gives a very good idea of what was going on and what the companies direction and purpose was and how they wanted to achieve it.
Filled with pictures from the company archives. And information from the people that were there.

* Staking out a place in the Electrical industry,1895-1914
* J F Lincoln takes charge,1914-1929
* Resilience and expansion 1914-1929
* Incentive management,1941-1958\
* Manufacturing a few things,1945-1965
* Staying the course,1965-1986
* Building a global company 1968-1998

Since it was unique in its operational business model and has been the subject of many articles and TV programs. This is a interesting book from any number of view points.

It is available at the foundation store https://ssl.lincolnelectric.com/foundation/store.asp?PID=16&cat=8

08-30-2008, 03:46 PM
Metals and how to Weld them
by T B Jefferson and Gorham Woods
J F Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation
hard cover
copyright ©1962
16th printing
LCCCN 54-2508
Foundations web sitehttp://www.jflf.org/


Another book from the foundation, that is filled with an unbelievable amount of welding information. For a low price $10.00 plus shipping.
Covers safety practices for welding of all types. Goes over some of the history of metal working and joining. discusses the mechanical properties of metals. Then moves on to the in depth discussions of the other properties that are good and bad for the weldability of metals.

Covering ferrous metals and their material characteristics. Then the non-ferrous metals. Each chapter has a new word definitions at the end to cover any new words which were used in the chapter. Photos,drawing and charts are included were needed.

The basics of metallurgy, metallurgy and heat treating, metallurgy and welding are all covered.

Welding of low-carbon steel,medium-carbon steel,high-carbon steels. Alloy steels,cast iron,stainless steels and high chromium alloys. Austenitic Manganese Steel and finishing with welding the non ferrous metals. Each has a complete chapter with all of the pertinent data.

It then moves on to Hardsurfacing, welding tool and die steels and exotic metals some of which I have never heard of.

It finishes up with a chapter on goods welds and how to make them.
Gives the problem, then the causes and how to cure it as a quick trouble shooting guide.

It also has a very complete metallurgical and welding dictionary. And the finishes the book with a detailed index so what you need to find can be easily located.

08-30-2008, 10:38 PM
Me too. :) The problem with books, they're years behind the 'dreaded' internet and magazines. Another favorite on mine is "Modern Welding" by Althouse-Turnquist-Bowditch. But it's copyrighted 1992.
My copy is copyrighted 1965 along with my 66 edition of Metals ans how to weld them by Lincoln.
Actually they are my father in laws, I had not even opened them until this thread. They look really good.
The last Old school book I read I bought new. That Forney manual that is still in print. It doesn't even mention Mig welders. We get a chapter on thawing water pipes with your arc welder and uses for asbestos but no mig welders

08-31-2008, 06:34 AM
The Procedure Handbook of Arc Welding
by the J F Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation
Hardcover, 14th edition
more than 1,600,000 in print
J F Lincoln Foundation site https://ssl.lincolnelectric.com/foundation/store.asp?PID=16&cat=8


This is the last of the James F Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation welding books I have. As they say I have saved the best for last. When they say they do it for arc welding education, after looking at and through this book. Nobody can say they do it for the money.

For $25.00 you can have what today would be call the Wikipedia of welding with the added benefit that you don't have to wonder if the entries are correct or not. Recently revised edition over 750 pages, diagrams, photos and charts.
Plus an amazing reference section with the answers to questions that seem to come up over and over again on the forums. You could have a finger tip access to the answers, no matter what time of day or night you need them.

It is set up in a section/chapters with the various sub heading given their own sub sections with as many pages as needed to cover the material. With black and white photo's, all the charts and diagrams, along with the weldabiltiy charts of various thickness of material, with the rod type, joint, styles and machine settings.

* Introduction and fundamentals
* Designing for arc welding
* Variables in welding fabrication
* Consumables and machinery and robots for welding
* Welding processes
* Welding carbon and low alloy steels
* Welding stainless steel
* Welding cast iron and cast steel
* Welding aluminum and aluminum alloys
* Welding copper and copper alloys
* Quality control
* Welding costs
* Special applications
* Installation and maintenance
* Safety in welding
* Reference section and index

I have found that from the questions asked that the reference section alone would be worth the cost of the book. Granted it isn't the type you sit down and read cover to cover unless, you are trapped inside by a storm and the internet is out.

It is one though that when you start to read the information you were looking for, you find your self going beyond the area.

I have to say it is in the top biggest bang for your buck working welding books. Whether you are a hobbyist, metal artist or working daily weldor/fabricator. Along with these:

* Welding Essentials
* Welding Fabrication and Repair
* The Miller student package
* Metals and how to weld them
* Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Handbook by WH Minnick

For the cost of less then most cases of beer or 2 1/2 packs of cigarettes cost around here. It is the buy of the year.

09-01-2008, 06:23 AM
J F Lincoln foundations book offerings
Well if anybody, that welds for daily bread. Structural, fabricating tubing,or weldments. Along with any type of Industrial welding, bridge welding, fabrication and ******** or tubular structure welding . I strongly recommend that you check out the offering at The J F Lincoln foundation book store. Or below from $2.00 to $24.00 you can't find a better selection of material.

And they have 3 Projects books available, The books are divided into sections with projects describing procedures and a bill of material for each. The sections are: Agricultural, Home and Recreational,Shop Tools, and Trailers,Miscellaneous All are award winning designs from the foundations contests. And should have what one might be looking for.

J F Lincoln foundation http://www.jflf.org

Design of Welded Structures
By Omer W. Blodgett, Sc.D., P.E.
832 pages, hardcover

By Omer W. Blodgett, design consultant

This reference handbook describes in detail design techniques for creating machine designs in arc welded steel. Much of this material has had no previous publication. Theoretical analysis, problem-solution examples and case history studies explain how to design machine components for manufacturing economies and improvement of product performance through efficient use of steel’s excellent physical properties.

Since its publication, this book has become a standard reference manual for design problems in welded metal products.

Design of Weldments includes 8 sections dealing with ‘Weldesign,’ a system that reduces weight and cost and improves production.

464 pages, 8 ½” x 11”, 923 illustrations, nomographs, charts.

Principles of Industrial Welding

Designed as a reference and background text for students in welding technology, this book would be a valuable volume to anyone making a career in welding. The text has been intentionally simplified to give it widespread application to anyone associated with welding as a production process. The intent is to give a broad perspective of the fusion processes by which metals are joined, without over elaboration on specific subjects.

Processes which have widespread applications such as shielded metal-arc and semiautomatic self-shielded and gas shielded electrodes are discussed in considerable detail. Plasma-arc welding is discussed only briefly. This weighting of the topics is based on current usage of the welding processes in industry, and thus the proportionate career opportunities.

This book draws heavily on The Procedure Handbook published by The Lincoln Electric Company. (We would not recommend purchase if you have that book.) It also draws from standardizing and code literature from the American Welding Society, American Society of Metals, AISC, ASTM, API, AISI, ASME, and others.

384 pages, 8" x 10-3/4", gold-embossed hard cover.

Tubular Steel Structures, Theory & Design

Tubular Steel Structures presents guidelines for the structural analysis and design of thin-walled, large-diameter tubular structures, principally stacks, bins, horizontal storage tanks, pipelines and conveyor galleries. Dr. Troitsky presents the material systematically in 12 chapters, addressing such problems as edge effect and buckling stability. Derivations of equations, analysis, and formulas are also included. Recently revised.

The 384-page hardbound book is fully illustrated with drawings, charts, and tables.

Fabricators' and Erectors' Guide

Get your copy of the Fabricators' and Erectors' Guide

Weld Steel Bridges

Weight of Weld Metal Tables

8 ½” x 11” Paperback

These tables provided the weights of weld metal and allowable strengths for most joints including J-grooves and various bevels. The computer derived tables were developed by Omer W. Blodgett, design consultant for The Lincoln Electric Co. They provide valuable information to engineers, supervisors, designers, and others responsible for maximizing economy in terms of weld metal usage.

Solutions to Design of Weldments

8 ½” x 11” Paperback

This design brochure represents a collection of the most frequently encountered design problems experienced by Mr. Blodgett. The text gives sample problems and a solution recommended by Mr. Blodgett. Typical topics include: circumferential welds in torsion, longitudinal shear on 8 sided section, shock loading, and distortion. 78 pages.

09-02-2008, 06:11 AM
TIG Welding for Dummies
by John Swartz and Brad Hemmert
Miller Electric Special Edition
Wiley Publishing
small format booklet
comes with a DVD for the new TIG welder
The Miller Diversion 165
How to weld set up and operation.
They are currently not for sale with out the welder.

This is not an endorsement or recommendation to sell or buy this unit, just for informational purposes

Diversion product detailshttp://www.millerwelds.com/diversionpc/details/



This is just a little heads up if you happen to see this at your LWS. I took part in a sneak peak, critique of the book and video for Miller a while back.
This 68 page introduction booklet caused quite a stir on the Miller site forum. Some were upset at the title, some were upset that Miller would dumb down the TIG welding process. And some still don't get what the whole idea is behind it is.

This is a use of the popular dummies series of books. To bring some interest and get people to read the introduction to the tool/welder you just bought. As who reads the directions right out of the box right!. Along with the video on the 4 step set up with only an adjustable wrench of the unit. you can start to Practice TIGging.

The video is good but short as it covers the high lights of getting started. in learning to TIG welding.

The unit itself is designed to fill the gap in Millers line up at the lower end. Home owner,weekend warrior small shop type TIG weldor. It will cost under 2 grand and is being rolled out across the country different areas at a time.

It is amazing to me how many people are really upset about it. I guess the Dummies title signals a demystifying of the art and practice of TIG welding. Make no mistake,they don't say anybody can do it other than with lots of practice, practice and practice. It will be an An American brand in a currently all import market and fill hole in the blue line up.

The booklet itself is very well done in the style and format of the Dummies books:

* Introduction
* Getting to know TIG welding
* Gearing up: TIG welding equipment
* Choosing electrodes and consumable materials
* Putting safety first
* Prepping to weld
* Selecting joints and welds.

It has all the regular icons a Dummies book has and can be used from chapter one to the end or any chapter that interests you.

My only other thoughts on the unit is as one person on another forum put it they will be a lot of them welders for sale when the dummies find out they can't TIG. Well if that's true, then everybody here can pick one up cheap and carry it in the car for emergency repairs.

09-04-2008, 07:02 AM
Forney Welding Manual
9th Revised Edition
Catalog Number 75200-00

I mentioned this book once before, it does have its limitations. If you take it for what is is, an introductory guide to stick welding from before the era of lawsuits (I wouldn't use my welder to thaw water pipe nor do I have sheets of asbestos paper laying around to make a furnace out of) you won't be disappointed.

While Gas welding/ cutting and even Tig are briefly covered, most of the book is devoted to the awesome things that can be done with a stick welder and its attachments.

If you are a stick welding expert, you probably would be bored with this book. If you find yourself the owner of an old stick welder with no manual and you are not an expert, you will not have any trouble getting your moneys worth from this book. It can be found new for less than $10. If you find a used copy, the book hasn't been updated since 1972, so you should be ok.

09-05-2008, 06:39 AM
The art of Fine Enameling
by Karen L Cohen
Sterling Publishing
Trade Paperback


This is a collection of techniques of the enameling world, by the best in the area of discussion. It does start out with the preface,enameling history and present state of the art. Enamelists tool kit, the studio basics,tips and tricks.
It covers the techniques, by the way of short do it in steps style. With enough pictures to explain the steps needed and lists of materials etc.
Filled with bright well done photo's, and small boxes highlighting things you need to know with the page numbers of were it is. Along with any extra info the author of the particular technique thinks is important.
There are pages of photo galleries spread out through the book.
It finishes up with Troubleshooting chapter,appendix, conversion tables,index and other assorted stuff.

* Basse Tallie
* Champlevé
* Cloisonné brooch
* Decals
* Fusion inlay under enamel
* Ginbari foil embossing
* Grisaille
* Limoges-Painting with enamels
* Liquid enamel and glass ball additives
* Minimal firing enameling
* Mounting enamels
* Plique-á-jour pierced heart pendant
* Raku-fired bowl
* Separation enameling
* Sgraffito Plate
* Stenciled Tile
* Silk Screen for enameling
* Stone setting within enamel
* Torch-altered metal with cheesecloth stencil
* Torch fired beads
* Vessels forms
* Enameling Troubleshooting

All in all finishing up with the usual informational stuff to round out the book. It is an all around great book for dabbelers, newbe's and just want to try a couple of things.

09-07-2008, 06:47 AM
Electronics Pocket Handbook
3rd edition
by Daniel L Metzger
Soft cover, pocket size


Since The equipment, used in the fabrication of metal work and general shop work now is becoming more computer and electronic dependent. I thought that I would include a few of the general knowledge books on electronics and computer repair (PC only).

Most are the kind that you pick up and look up something then read. Other than pick up and read through.

The usual disclaimer or notice applies. That you should make sure, you have the latest edition or copyright year. As with all computers and electronics, it changes so fast.

It covers most everything one needs to know whether talking to the service dept about the control ckts in the welder, or computers.


* Definitions,formulas,and charts
* Component data and characteristics
* Circuit analysis and design
* Units,conversions,and constants
* Standards,symbols, and codes
* Computer,standards and codes
* Tests and procedures
* Safety and electrical wiring
* Dictionary of computer and electronics terms
* Index

they are generally available here Along with a large number of books for shop needs. http://www.mtroubleshooting.com/mm5/

09-08-2008, 06:56 AM
Pocket PCRef
by Thomas J Glover and Millie M Young
Sequoia Publishing
copyright 1999 9th edition
Small format pocket paperback.
The usual disclaimer or notice applies. That you should make sure, you have the latest edition or copyright year. As with all computers and electronics, it changes so fast. It should be in the higher double digits edition by now.



* ASCII and numbers
* PC hardware, standards, error codes,scan codes and paper sizes
* Modems,standards UARTS, Hayes command set
* MSDOS commands
* Windows keyboard shortcuts
* Hard drive specifications, types and manufactures directory
* CD-ROM Drives specifications, sytax and notes,manufactures directory
* PC industry phone book, probably the most important part

PC industry phone book, probably the most important part, it's pretty bad when yopu can't find the company that made your computer part or software on the web when looking for updates.

Again here is one place that always seems to have it.http://www.mtroubleshooting.com/

09-09-2008, 06:23 AM
PC Technician's Troubleshooting Pocket Reference
By Stephen J Bigelow
Osbourne/McGraw Hill
Large small format pocket book paper back


First if this if this is a pocket book, you got real big pockets. It is composed of sections which are further divided into sub sections on what it is (problems) and then what to do about them.

Including some on the operating systems(software). It does have some drawings and charts, and some lists but no pictures.
The usual disclaimer or notice applies. That you should make sure, you have the latest edition or copyright year. As with all computers and electronics, it changes so fast. It should be in the lower double digits edition by now.

* Preparing for service
* Drive troubleshooting, all types
* Input device troubleshooting
* Modem troubleshooting
* Motherboard trouble shooting
* Video and sound troubleshooting
* Controller troubleshooting
* Command Reference
* Appendix A the A1 checklist (A1 Certification)

The symptoms are listed in order of their most common appearance.It is a fairly easy to follow for the do it myselfer.

09-09-2008, 12:00 PM
Here's a good book for bosses, OSHA inspectors, etc. Price is very reasonable, and Christmas will be here before long. :D



Some Creep
09-09-2008, 12:06 PM

Learned lots from this one, like not letting a big talking cat in my house when Mom's not home...

09-10-2008, 06:07 AM
Bieglow's Troubleshooting,Maintaining &Repairing PCs
by Stephen J Bigelow
Hard cover with companion CD of Diagnostics & Utilities


The usual disclaimer or notice applies. That you should make sure, you have the latest edition or copyright year. As with all computers and electronics, it changes so fast. It should be in the lower double digits edition by now.

This is another one that its good they don't charge by weight, as it would make a good door stop. Or super paperweight when not used for it's purpose. It is the desk reference companion to the previous pocket version.

It has 41 chapters, on everything that is connected to a PC computer.
Starting with desktops and towers, monitors, boot, opersating systems along with the preservice checkout.

Batteries,Bios,busses,CDRom chiopsets,CMOS, Data recovery Techniques,Error codes,Floppy drives, fans and cooling,Hard drives,joysticks,memory, mice and trackballs modems and monitors,Motherboards,ports,plug and play, Power protection,power supply,SCSI system, sound cards.

The disk has about 19 items on it with the instructions in the book on how to use it.

09-11-2008, 06:28 AM
Webster's New World Dictionary of Computer Terms
by Macmillan
Small format pocket sized
soft cover


Dictionary of Computer and Internet terms
by D A Dowining Ph.D,M A Covington PH. D and M.M.Covington
Barrons Business Guides
ISBN# 0-8120-9811-0
soft cover,small format


The usual disclaimer or notice applies. That you should make sure, you have the latest edition or copyright year. As with all computers and electronics, it changes so fast. It should be in the lower double digits edition by now.

What can be said about a dictionary, it seems like I need a newer edition of either one soon as I find they don't have the current jargon in them. As the fields move so rapidly.

Websters is a no nonsense type with only definitions and are cross referenced for easy finding out what they are talking about.

Barron's has charts and photo's, drawings and sreen capture shots to add to the explanations. Along with a visual Dictionary of characters and symbols. Such as ~tilde #octothorpe `grave accent
the items that are covered are:

* Computer keyboard symbols
* Emotions used in email
* Commercial and scientific symbols
* English punctuation
* Accents
* Other foreign characters
* Arithmetic and Algebra
* Mathematical logic
* Set theory
* Greek alphabet

09-12-2008, 06:19 AM
It's easy to bend di-arco precision bending machines
by Di-arco
copyright© 1968
Soft cover
Here is the current owners site along with a current version of this booklethttp://www.diacro.com/catalogs.html


A give away that covers bending on the Di-Arco type benders. From simple eye bending, whether centered or off-centered, circle,zero radius,scroll,square,spring and coil,loop and spiral, tube by roller or tube by follow block,Special set ups,edgewise bending,channel flanges in or out,angle flanges in or out,special shaped or wide materials.

Along with other information you need about the complete line of benders and accessories.

The PDF downloadadable one covers about the same stuff only you don't have to hunt for a copy to get.

Their other company is Acrotech Inc. which deals in urethane material and rollers along with sheet rolling machines. All the catalogs are on the download page.

09-13-2008, 05:50 AM
Projects in General Metalworking,produced with di-arco precision metalworking machines
by Donald Lux
O'Neil-Irwin Mfg
Soft cover booklet


An old time school shop project booklet from one of the companies that has own the Di-Arco trade mark and brand over the years. It covers their finger brakes,benders and rollers.

It covers simple,useful manual training or shop class projects 12 of them and a scroll bending fitting for their bender.

* A wall hanging lamp
* Lamp or flower pot holder/hanger (wall)
* Address/name plate and hanger
* Towel rack
* Whistle
* table top waste basket
* Outdoor lamp
* Dustpan
* Model train bridge
* Jewelry box with copper and brass strip woven lid
* Flared baking pan
* and scroll shaped collar for the #1 di-arco bender

All in all a great basic movement work out of the three most common sheet metal machines, after the shear in a shop.

09-14-2008, 06:08 AM
General Shop Metalwork
by A W Dragoo, Howard O Reed
McKnight & McKnight Publishers
softcover book
multiple editions


Another of the old school,shop unit type work work books. the book is set up in the unit style of:

* Sheet Metal Work
* Ornamental or Band steel work
* Bench Metal Work
* Casting
* Art Metal Work,Tooling and Stippling
* Reference list,Appendixes Metal shop equipment and supplies,Tap drill sizes,sheet metal info,index

The first section of each part is the projects, a total of 29. Each is designed to teach part of the unit it is in, seaming sheet metal,soldering,or forming a wire edge by hand.

From how to clean black iron with Sulphuric Acid (this was a middle school or junior high text book). To turning on and using oxy/acetylene rig and an arc welder.

To how iron ore is changed into metallic iron,how pig iron is changed into steel. The effects of heat treating, and how to simple case hardening. To casting simple objects.

B&W photo's, drawings,charts and diagrams. Along with shop drawings of the projects. it covers the proper way to use hand tools along with the care of them. And gives a great glimpse of the good old days in a school shop, when they were training kids to go out into the work force. Before high school to earn a living. Since most jobs in the service/repair sector required a lot of making parts and or repairing them.

It is a way it was type of book in addition to the information that it contains.

09-15-2008, 06:33 AM
Etching,spinning,raising,tooling Metal
by Robert E Smith
McKnight & McKnight Publishing
Copyright ©1951
revised edition


Another of the soft cover text books from shop classes, of the forties,fifties and through the sixties. Keep and used so long, because of information on all the subject matter covered. Filled with b&W photo's charts, and drawings, along with shop drawings of a number of projects.

It is divided into 31 units covering each subjects, so in addition to the basics enough information is covered. To give a good working knowledge of the subject.

Starting with safety,and commonly used metals. It moves into the jeweler's saws and files. Since it starts with piercing of metal. And moves to overlay and tooling of metal foil type.

It then covers chasing and engraving tools, hammers and stakes, along with other tools used in the forming and raising on metals. Chasing a simple design,engraving,doming,using a form to shape metal,Raise and planish,flute.

It then coves aluminum, pewter and silver as the aluminum was still a new and exotic material, pewter was on the way out as a daily use. And silver was a metal not used in the general shop classes.

Moving on to spinning tools and apparatus, making chucks for spinning,
how to spin metal, and how to fit and attach appendages to spun shapes.

Then it covers finishing,oxidizing copper,brass and iron. Etching copper,brass,bronze and aluminum. Cleaning metals by immersing in salt or acid paste or dipping in an acid bath.

Simple battery electroplating,prepping the electrolyte for copper. Simple electroforming objects.

Abrasives used in polishing metals. Finishing aluminum,and finishing metal with aluminum paint.

Why would there be a chapter on aluminum paint, At one time it was thought that it was the metal protective coating of the future. It was also something that you had to mix up for your self. You used aluminum Bronzing powder and you favorite vehicle to make the paint. I have a can of the aluminum powder from the late 40's and 50's in the shop. Will have to take a picture of it.

09-18-2008, 06:23 AM
Chemical Reference Manual
by MC/B chemical centers
copyright ©1973
hard cover


This is one of those that at least part of the book should be on your shelf or you should know where you can get the information contained in parts of it. Mostly the safety handbook section, and the disposal procedures section.

Since the selling and procurement of chemicals, in most quantities has become more difficult in recent times. You should be prepared in case of a spill, or just to dispose of the spent patina product when used up.

Any chemical book now has a section on safety and disposal. So if your at a used book joint or library sale check them out. This was a catalog for the chemicals that MC/B sold.

And If you use a internet data base, be sure that you have the basic spill and contact exposure information printed out on a hard copy. So anybody with you of trying to render aid doesn't have to screw with a computer to look up info. In the case of chemical spills or exposure, time can kill, or maim.

09-18-2008, 09:44 AM
to ptsideshow for going to the work of posting all the info about all the books.

your commentary on the books has been wonderful. i appreciate it


09-18-2008, 10:13 AM
Your welcome!

09-19-2008, 06:59 AM
NIOSH Pocket Guide Chemical Hazards
US Dept of Health and Human Services
edition1987, Publication 85-114

There is no copyright or ISBN# as most of the governments publications can be reprinted in whole or part with out royalties.


It covers a first responder guide to dealing with hazardous chemicals. It has tables with the information on the headings in the chart pages. Such as for First Aid ,Symptoms,Personal Protection and Sanitation. Respirator selection Upper Limit Devices that are recommended.

It also lists:

* Chemical Names,Formula,DOT,CAS,RTECS,UN Guide numbers
* Synonyms
* Exposure Limits,
* IDHL Level
* Physical Description
* Chemical and Physical Properties
* Incompatibilities
* Measurement Method
* Personal Protection and Sanitation
* Respirator Selection Upper Limit Devices recommend
Health Hazards and related information are grouped together.
* Route of contact, Inhalation,Absorption(skin),Ingestion and Contact (skin and eyes)
* Symptoms
* First Aid
* Target Organs

As with most things on the net, This complete guide is on it and downloadable. At here http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/FWS_OSCP_05/fwscontingencyappendices/V-SAFETYPLANS/NIOSHPocketGuide/NPG_only/pgdstart.htm

Or you can get the latest edition with or with out CD-Rom At here http://www.ntis.gov/products/nioshguide.aspx

One good idea is to have the pages in a hard copy form in your shop in a folder. Clearly marked and in a place where everybody knows, were they are. If there is a problem they don't have to hunt up the addy in the book marks on the computer, as somebody is floppy around in distress. It is also a good idea to have an inventory of chemicals and other hazardous materials in the folder too. So the first responders have a head start, if there is need for them at your shop.

09-20-2008, 06:52 AM
Traditional Doorways Stained Glass Pattern book
By Carolyn Relei
Dover publications
Dover web site http://store.doverpublications.com/
ISBN# 0-486-29692-X



Here is a good type pattern or idea book for garden art, or wall hangings or small free standing table or mantle art.

By using strap,strip,wire,or gas welding rod for the black line design. You have a nice looking window silhouette hanger, table decoration,mantle topper. If the outside framing is made from a little large stock or even tube square or round. You can transfer the it to the garden as trellises,free standing pieces or two of the long panels and a domed top piece you have a entry way or walk through arbor.

By adding some other metals in place of the glass. Copper,brass, aluminum, stainless or different patina's or the stains in clear you can add another dimension,to the piece. By doing say the flower heads on top of the background layout, with slight curve to the petals you can make them pop out.

Or by making them out of thicker stock. they can become,in or out door security, fence gates or overlays for some wood doors.

Over the next couple of days, I will be doing a number of pattern and clip art books. That are a great source of ideas and pattern for metal work. Of course almost any clip art CD will have line art, or line drawings in them. They are the easiest to convert for us drawing challenged.

Dover has an abundance of books and book with CD-Roms for pattern work of all kinds. Quilter patten books are good too.*

09-21-2008, 07:03 AM
Floral Ornaments
by Graphic Source Clip art



Another publisher of a wide variety of useful clip art that can be converted into, stand alone item of metal,used to develop patterns for chasing and repouseé, album/page corners, frame edging and decorative bits and pieces.

From all kinds of frame and borders,holiday's, silhouettes of most everything that can be used for the plasma cut outs for mail box stands etc.
To free standing garden art and weather vane and whirly-gig subject matter.

I do believe that the Graphic Products Corp is out of the clip art book business and only deals in fancy paper. But there seems to be alot for sale on the net.

Scanning and adjusting on the computer sure makes it easier than the copy,cut and paste days!

09-22-2008, 06:25 AM
4000 Animal,Bird &Fish Motifs
A Sourcebook
by Graham Leslie McMallum
Batsford books
anovabooks http://www.anovabooks.com/ English book store site
ISBN#13: 9 780713 489392
Listed as available in England, Canada ans the US



This large volume, is filled with great line drawing that are made and laid out for ease of copying to use or modify for use in any field you choose. It covers the style from the first cave paintings, historical,regional,
ethnic and art deco designs. something for everybody if you will.

Set up in chapters of subject matter. So it is easy to locate,Chinese, Egyptian,Greek,a number of different ages of the Mesopotamia era's. Medieval, Celtic, Barbarian,Japanese, arts and crafts and art deco.
It also has a descriptive word index with what its doing if more than at rest.

Whether it for repouseé chasing,wire frame outline fillers for decorative screen and fence work. Or just silhouettes for plasma cutouts for weather or garden art vanes.

09-23-2008, 06:26 AM
Carving Tropical Birds
by Anthony Hillman
Dover Books
US site http://store.doverpublications.com/
UK site http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/



I guess you could carve them out of steel. Made from assorted non ferrous materials or steel sheet and painted like the cover shot. Or even again just the silhouette for vanes or whirly-gig's.
Dover is a great source for reprints and old tech and other interesting books along with an amazing assortment of pattern and art work books from lettering, to some very obscure decorating books.

09-24-2008, 06:14 AM
Basic Oxyacetylene Welding
4th edition
by I H Griffin,E M Roden,C W Briggs
Delmar publishing
Copyright ©19084
Trade paperback


A very good basic text/work book, set up in unit style with each unit topic covering a couple of pages. Followed by 5 to 10 questions for review.
Covering everything from the process,cylinders,gases,regulators,torches tips and the flame.

It moves on to the set up of equipment and lighting the torch, flame cutting, straight,bevel,piercing and hole cutting welding symbols.

The welding starts with running beads without filler rod, then with the filler rod. From tacking light sheet steel and plate, to making butt welds,corner,lap,Tee/fillet, both on light and heavy plate.

Brazing with bronze rod, running beads with bronze,lap joints,tees, beveled joints. Both in light and heavy plate steel along with cast iron with a number of joints. Silver Soldering of Ferrous and non ferrous metals.

Filled with B&W photo's with colored highlights to improve the understanding of the operation or process being discussed. Ther same with the line drawings and tables and charts a second color is used to bring out the important items and the differences being discussed.

All in all it is a very good starter text or refresher for the old gas passer. Save $52.00 here on this book http://www.hamiltonbook.com/hamiltonbook.storefront

09-25-2008, 07:19 AM
Hazardous Materials Field Guide
Armando Bevelacqua, Richard Stilp
Delmar Publishers


This is a small flip style booklet containing all the information for first responders that may have to deal with Hazardous materials. Whether it is a gaseous,liquid or solid form.

From the beginning which most here would only be interested in for general information,Haz mat incidents response, clandestine lab operations, terrorism, and incident management.

To NBCW Nuclear,Biological and Chemical weapon agent descriptions. Which we have to be on the look out now in the future. To the placards, That are on the trucks,trailers, rail cars, shipping containers and on the boxes and packages of the products themselves. The triangles that have information like the red Flammable gas and non flammable gas green ones on the cylinders that are in each of our shops.

It covers almost every conceivable type of truck tanker and rail cars, along with bulk and non bulk shippers and storage for radioactive

The second third of the book Are chemical Specific information not a complete list by any means but just the most common of the industrial materials used that are or can be involved in an "Incident". From Acetic acid (vinegar), Carbon monoxide,Chlorine, Hydrochloric acid,Nitric acid, Sodium hydroxide to name a few that are used in patina's in art metal work.

Taking the page for Acetylene HC≡CH

It covers the toxicological breakdown: Exposure to the material PPM and any other health related information.

Signs & symptoms: Enters primarily through respiratory system; irritation of skin,eyes and respiratory system; Headache,Nausea and Vomiting; It also has an Anesthetic action.

Treatment: Remove patient from danger, Give oxygen and support respiration's.

Appearance: Colorless gas, Dot placard number is 1001, CAS # 74-86-2

Odor: Ethereal, garlic-like odor

Synonyms: Ethyne, ethine


* Flash point-gas
* vapor density 0.9
* Autoignition temperature 581'F
* Specific gravity 0
* Boiling Point -119'F

Biological monitoring: No long term effects are reported

The placards are the red flammable one with 2 (at the bottom of the diamond Class# compressed gas) with the DOT number above in black on white

The 4 section placard NFPA 704 is divided into

* Blue diamond, 1---Slightly hazardous, Irritation or minor reversible injury is a possibility
* Red diamond 4--- Extremely flammable gases or volatile flammable liquid
* Yellow diamond 3---Capable of detonation,Sensitive to heat and/or shock
* White diamond blank--- No specific hazard (such as use no water, radioactive, acid etc or a pictographic

The Final third, is the special treatment modalities for certain material exposures.

This edition is currently at a remainders bookseller Here at a greatly reduced price 9/25/2008 http://www.hamiltonbook.com/hamiltonbook.storefront

09-26-2008, 06:40 AM
Handbook of Pictorial Symbols
3,250 examples from International sources
by Rudolf Modley
Dover Publishing
copyright© 1976


They are everywhere, we look yet most people have a hard time describing some when asked. They are the ubiquitous pictorial symbols that have come into international use as a easily understandable information conveyance. No understanding of the language of the country your in.

This book is filled with them in both the pictorial section of occupations, people, activities,items, transportation etc. And the second section of public and government signage, As with every Olympic games hosted since they came into use. from tourist and road signs to way finder.

What is great about them is they can be adjusted to depict most anything you want. They can be used in silhouette plasma cut outs as to occupations, or equipment, Or in 3D sculptural pieces, signage of all kinds. or just as something to experiment with.

here is their site http://store.doverpublications.com/

09-27-2008, 06:28 AM
Wildflower Designs and Motifs
for artists and craftspeople
Charlene Tarbox
Dover edition
copyright ©1993
Trade paperback



Another one with great line drawings of flowers, and some uses for them like frames,and borders and trellises or other garden art or even window guards of a themed nature.

It also has a Alphabetical list index of the flowers Illustrated.
These are large in size on the page. Mostly only 2 flowers or Illustrations per page.

An example of great resource for craftspeople for patterns and ideas from Dover publishing. http://store.doverpublications.com/

09-28-2008, 12:35 PM
General Shop
Gas and A C Arc Welding and Cutting
by R F Jennings
McKnight & McKnight Publishers
copyright ©1937


Originally I was going to include this book as just a historical eye candy. With the pictures of the secondary school students in their white shirts and ties welding in the shops. And the section on "Learning Factory methods" dealing with the students in a class working on production line methods to build the assigned parts.

Today the education weirdo's would probably find something wrong with the approach. There was an interesting section on burnt wood projects using all kinds of woods from knotty pine to pallet or crate wood.

It also answered the question why using the propane torches or old style gasoline blow torches doesn't yield satisfactory results. The flame temperature isn't hot enough to flash the softer pulp while singeing the harder parts and knots. Along with that using the oxy/acty torch and an Oxidizing flame you want to pass the inner flame cone touching the wood but keep it moving.

They also said it might be a good idea to practice first. And when using the wire brush, hand powered one preferred. Or a low speed motorized one "GO with the grain to clean up the soft material only".

Also they mentioned about making their own bronzed coated steel trim by flow melting bronze rod over the steel and hammer finishing it, if desired.

So don't dismiss these old school text books, if you come across any for sale as they contain some very useful information.

09-29-2008, 06:08 AM
Blueprint reading for welders
1970 edition
by A E Bennett, Louis J Sly
Delmar Publishers


One of the most complete books on blueprint reading for welders. It is divided into Two sections and then divided again in to sub sections. The first section is Fundamentals of blue print reading.

Covering basic lines,basic views,notes and specifications along with dimensions. It then has an achievement review test, which is a short test, on the information covered.

It also covers structural shapes,other views,abbreviations and symbols. Along with sectional views and detail and assembly prints.

The second section covers the welding symbols themselves. Covers the structure of the symbol, and the abbreviations used with it. It then covers the fillet,groove,backing and melt-thru welds,plug and slot,surfacing,flash,up set,flange,spot,arc,resistance,arc seam,projection,resistance seam welds, and combination welds.

It also has review achievement tests at the end of each unit. Both questions and drawing space for the proper drawing of the symbols.

This book has been updated a couple times since my copy was printed. As Delmar is still making some of the most current books on skill set learning. It is in the 8th edition and selling new for about $100.
here is their site http://www.delmarlearning.com/welding/Index.aspx?cat1ID=WG

09-30-2008, 06:15 AM
Sheet Metal
by Leo A Meyer
Hard Cover


The newest of my sheet metal books, It in addition to all the basics of the art of working with sheet metal.

Covering the tools and equipment,sheet metal types,safety in the shop,materials of the sheet metal trade.

Fasteners,using punches,drilling and riveting,folding edges,turning,burring,raising,forming,crimping,bea ding and grooving, along with soldering.

Drawing for pattern drafting,making and nothing simple patterns, parallel line development,triangulation,radial line development.

Describes sheet metal objects used in the building trades,short method of pattern development,supplementary projects,glossary and index.

Filled with multi-color/shaded drawings of patterns and finished items, B&W photos, charts etc covering all areas of the trade. With easy to understand, instructions on the layout and making on patterns for the compound duct work. It also covers working drawings and special notations used for sheet metal.

it is available here along with other books http://www.mtroubleshooting.com/mm5/

10-01-2008, 06:37 AM
Sheet Metal, Pattern drafting & shop problems
by Daugherty & Powell
Chas A Bennett Co


The information covered in this title, refers to only the drawing of and patterns for the typical sheet metal, duct work, gutter and cornice along with other building details that are coming back in favor. Whether through restoration or new old style design.

That is the shop problems carried along in the title. Since it is a drafting book for use in Voc Ed classes.

It starts with

* Drawing equipment, pencil and paper type
* Practical Geometry
* Practical pattern drafting
* Heating, ventilation and air conditioning pattern development
* Practical cornice and gutter problems
* Radial line developments
* Triangulation
* Triangulation, simplified method
* Skylights
* Special problems, from ball development by both gores and zones to the kitchen sink

All though it was written in the 1920's, the only think that has changed is the method of drawing and laying out the patterns. Today it is done by computer and the print button on a large format printer/cutter.

The book has been revised a number of times to this addition and probably has gone through a number more since this edition.

The math,geometry and operations done to get the patterns haven't changed and for somebody that may only do an occasional job an old sheet metal book may save the day.

It has B&W photos, drawings through out for each problem.

10-02-2008, 06:21 AM
Sheet Metal, Pattern drafting & shop problems 4th edition
by Daugherty-Powell & Foster
Bennett Publishing Co


I also understand that an older version 1918 © is available on google book search. http://books.google.com/

The changes made to the 4th edition, are the removal of the section on skylights completely. And the addition of two other sections.

* A sheet metal math section, basic math for shop work
* an a grouping of useful appendices

The information covered in this title, refers to only the drawing of and patterns for the typical sheet metal, duct work, gutter and cornice along with other building details that are coming back in favor. Whether through restoration or new old style design.

That is the shop problems carried along in the title. Since it is a drafting book for use in Voc Ed classes.

It starts with

* Drawing equipment, pencil and paper type
* Practical Geometry
* Practical pattern drafting
* Heating, ventilation and air conditioning pattern development
* Practical cornice and gutter problems
* Radial line developments
* Triangulation
* Triangulation, simplified method
* Skylights
* Special problems, from ball development by both gores and zones to the kitchen sink

All though it was written in the 1920's, the only thing that has changed is the method of drawing and laying out the patterns. Today it is done by computer and the print button on a large format printer/cutter.

The book has been revised a number of times to this addition and probably has gone through a number more since this edition.

The math,geometry and operations done to get the patterns haven't changed and for somebody that may only do an occasional job an old sheet metal book may save the day.

It has B&W photos, drawings through out for each problem.

10-03-2008, 07:19 AM
Blue Print Reading
Interpreting Working Drawings
by EM Wyatt
Bruce Publishing
copyright ©1920, eighth printing 1942


An oldie but a goodie, It covers the introduction of drawings, the different types of drawing done and used and for what purpose. Orthographic projection.

Meaning of the various kinds of lines,scale drawings and dimensions,breaks and the different kinds of sectional drawings.

Bolts,screws threads, machining or finish, rivets and structural steel.

It then moves on to architectural conventions, and finishes up with two in depth studies one of a set of house plans, and one a set of plans for a bench grinder. Detailing the differences between each type of drawings.

10-04-2008, 06:00 AM
Sheet Metal shop Practice
3rd edition
By Bruce & Meyer
American Technical Society
Hard Cover
LCCC# 65-12621


This text book is one of those old standby's, that has been printed every couple of years and revised and update every couple more. To keep current with the technology.

* Opportunities unlimited
* Sheet metal working tools and machinery
* Safety in the sheet metal shop
* Sheet metals and their characteristics
* Using patterns and cutting metal projects
* Punching,drilling.and riveting projects
* Folding edges and making seams projects
* Forming,crimping, beading and grooving projects.
* Turning,burring and raising
* Soldering projects
* Drawing for pattern drawing projects
* Making and notching simple patterns projects
* Parallel line development
* Triangulation
* Radial line development
* Plastic projects
* Exotic Metals
* Short Method of pattern development
* Supplementary Projects,index

Covering the complete range of work done under the sheet metal heading including plastic forming and fabrication. As it was revised as the sheet goods of plastic types were coming on the scene in the 60's as a material used in the general building and equipment world.

Has a great chapter on soldering irons from forging of the head, to what makes a good joint,to the various types of fire pots used to heat the irons for use.

It is mostly built around the duct work and the seams for heating and ventilating work, since central heating was coming in when the book was written and the demand for tin knocker was high after WWII.

B&W photos,line drawings, charts and step by step drawings in the seaming chapter greatly reduce the confusion in making the various seams.

10-05-2008, 06:58 AM
Elements of Sheet Metal Work
by R L Welch
Bruce Publishing
Fourth printing 1935


If you look at the top edge of the book's picture you might notice the two notches taken out of the book by a student at some point in the past life of this book.

Another filled with detail step by step drawing for forming the curbs and bars used in architectural work with each of the bends numbered in order of doing them. in using a cornice brake or more commonly called a trim brake now a days.

It is one of those books that is the facts,just the facts. From the start of it:

* The Sheet Metal Shop tools,supplies and materials for drafting patterns and metal
* Riveting and soldering problems, from pipe and duct work to tin biscuit cutters
* Radial development
* Rectangular work
* Triangulation
* Gutters,Moldings, Cornices and sky lights
* Forming curbs and Bars
* Heating and ventilating problems
* Architectural Problems
* Miscellaneous Problems

When the sheet metal texts are referring to problems, they are referring to projects or example exercises. Not problems as in difficulties.
B&W photos and line drawings of the items and procedures,along with drawing of all the wonderful hand cranked beaders, crimpers, fluters and other seamers.

10-06-2008, 05:56 AM
Sheet Metal Shop Practice
by Leroy F Bruce
American Technical Society
8th printing 1963


This is the forerunner of the book from two posts ago.
Opportunities unlimited
Sheet metal working tools and machinery
Safety in the sheet metal shop
Sheet metals and their characteristics
Using patterns and cutting metal projects
Punching,drilling.and riveting projects
Folding edges and making seams projects
Forming,crimping, beading and grooving projects.
Turning,burring and raising
Soldering projects
Notching,clipping and wiring
Basic Principles of Pattern development
Parallel line development
Radial line development
Short Method of pattern development

It was before the revised edition came out in 1965. It has most of the important stuff but the welding chapter is just the very basics of welding with carbon arc and other 50's tech.

It has the same quality line drawings , and B&W photos.

10-07-2008, 07:10 AM
Basic Sheet Metal Practice
by J W Giachino
Laurel Publishers
LCCC# 52-6655


The title of this one is very descriptive of the contents. Being a starter text on sheet metal practice. From the metals used in sheet metal work, measuring the thickness correctly, lay out of patterns,cutting of sheet metal, with hand snips, squaring shear, to cold chisel( which I never seemed to master correctly, the metal always came out looking beat up.)

Cutting on a ring or circular shear, filing metal, a good chapter with pictures of all the common sheet metal stakes and their uses. Bending by hand with out a folder or brake.

Soldering coppers(irons),solders and fluxes, how to solder sheet metal.
lap seams, double and single hems.

Drilling holes in sheet metal,punching holes,riveting.

Making a wired edge,burring an edge,flanging,single seams,double seams,dovetail seam,grooved seam,How to bead and crimp.

How to raise metal,laying out intersections,practice exercises for some work experience of manipulating metal and the work procedures. A bunch of 1950's style projects.

Filled with the drawings, B&W photo's and charts found in the text books of the time. This is another one that would be a good stand alone book if you were only going to have one to keep in the shop.

10-08-2008, 06:25 AM
How to Sharpen Anything
by Don Geary
Tab books--#1463
trade paperback


This is one of those books on a subject that can be touchy, most shop rats. Will tell you that they can sharpen most anything. Even sometimes if you don't ask!

Till I read this book I didn't realize how much I didn't know about sharpening tools around the home. What you think you know, and what you know, after reading some thing on a subject can be amazing.

He starts out with sharpening tools. What types and items you need to sharpen items around the house. Whether it be scissors,metal or tin snips to powered lawn and garden equipment.

Then onto knives as we have increased members that are into making them from scratch, or wanting to try it might be on help.

Hand woodworking tools handsaws,shaping tools,chisels,planes, auger bits.

Power wood working tools, saw blades,shaping tools, boring tools.

Hand garden tools, a general section on care of the hand garden tools. axe's,hedge sears,hoe,lopers,machete,pick,sickle,rakes and pruning saws.

Power lawn and garden tools. regular maintenance and storage of the tools. Lawn mower blades reel and rotary,powered hedge clippers and tiller tines.

Chains saws and all the things to consider when doing them.

Miscellaneous sharpening Allen wrenches, box wrenches,can openers,cold chisels, crowbars, fishhooks, ice picks,ice skates, scissors,screwdrivers,spatulas, taps and dies, tin snips and wire cutters.

B&W photo's through out the book, along with drawings and charts. I didn't know about the number of styles of axe head shapes, and something as simple as the corners being rounded rather than a sharp 90'
can change the name of the axe.

10-09-2008, 06:34 AM
The Painter's Handbook
by Mark David Gottsegen
Waston-Guptill Publications
Trade paperback


Mainly for the painting artist, it is interesting and very good for any body that wants to under stand paint and how it works,(drying), what goes into it, and how to make your own.

It also has a great down to earth section with tables of hazardous pigments. And everything you wanted to know about them. It does talk about the tendency of some to get carried away about the the dangers of certain pigments and liquids.

If used with the general common sense precautions that we use today. One shouldn't have any problem. If one would have told me 40 years ago I would be wearing latex gloves working on cars doing oil changes, I would have laughed at the them. Well times changes and our thinking moves forward with the times.

It is a complete reference work on sizes and grounds,binders, pigments, solvents and thinners,varnishes and general paint making procedures for the artist.

So if any one, is interested in playing with adding pigment to clears, or developing their own stains and coloring varnishes.

Filled with drawings, charts,tables and copies of labels AP Nontoxic, CP Nontoxic,
and the square health label tag, Not exactly what one would assume it means. But these manufactures are tricky little devils. What the label means is IT CONTAINS Hazardous material and they certify appropriate cautionary labeling is contained on the label for the consumer. It goes over all the bending and back flipping they (The people in charge,tend to do that are supposed to keep use safe.) do in writing the labeling to maximize sales.

It also contains more information on painting on supports such as oil painting,pastels, water thinned,synthetics,temperas and others. Plus conservation and restoration.

10-10-2008, 06:19 AM
2nd ed
hard cover


Both of the authors, of this book worked at my place of employment. And one was the principal of a school I worked at just before I got there. There the disclaimers out of the way.LOL!

This is one of those transitional books from the time they actually taught you everything in shop classes including things that could maim and kill students. Those were good times you learned stuff that could propel you into a career. Or a life long hobby, once you had some means of supporting one.

* Metals their properties and uses
* Planning, they sneak in safety under the heading of planning work and the projects
* Measuring and layout tools
* Cutting and filing
* Taps and dies
* Tooling,forming and raising sheet metal
* Folding, and joining sheet metal
* Decorating. polishing and finishing, in additions to polishing materials and equipment. It covers enameling on copper,etching,hammer marking,chasing tools, matting tools, fluting tools,dapping punches and dies,and metal finishing
* Metal spinning, the lathe, tools, chucks,metals adaptable to spinning,polishing spun metals, rolling a bead.
* Ornamental Iron work,designing the scroll,Bending tools and their uses, fastening and decorating
* Heat treating, equipment,annealing,hardening, tempering, case hardening
* making castings from the patterns, tools to make molds,melting of non ferrous metal one and two piece molds, to pouring and cleaning of the casting
* Power tools
* Projects and index

It is filled with line drawings, charts,tables and B&W photo's or the tools equipment procedures and processes. Used through out metal working.

10-11-2008, 06:25 AM
Drawing and Blueprint Reading
3rd edition
by Coover


Starting with the reasons and rationale, of why we make the drawings.
Elementary blueprint reading
Simple sketching,shop sketch,dimensioning a sketch,sketching pictorial circles
The Draftsman's tools
Multiview projects
Drawing and planning for woodworking,sheet-metal work
Practical geometry,sectioning
Advanced blueprint reading
Industrial and machine drawing
Architectural drawing and home planning
Drawing and planning for Electricity and electronics
Pictorial drawing,graphs and charts
Advanced problems
Blueprint readers dictionary
American standards and useful tables
How to grade your drawing,problems for draftsmen

Filled with B&W photo's, line drawings, charts and tables this book pretty much covers all the nooks and crannies of the drafting area, but the current computer and CNC area. This also probably has newer editions in print.

10-12-2008, 06:39 AM
Machining Fundamentals
by John R Waker
copyright 1969
Hard cover


Another oldie but goodie, that is still available today in an updated edition.
It is filled with B&W photo's of the equipment, product and operations of machining.

Starts with machine shop occupations, understanding drawings,shop safety, measurement,layout work, hand tools,drills and drilling machines,offhand grinding,and sawing and cut off machines.

The lathe, planning machines,milling machines precision grinding, band machining (band saw, abrasive band machines and other continuous belt machining work).

Quality control, automation, fasteners, metal characteristics,heat treatment of metals,metal finishing,machining plastics,High energy rate forming (explosive forming into a die with water and explosive)

Chipless machining (cold forming),electro-machining,chemical machining, laser in metalworking, ultrasonic machining, electron beam machining, powder metallurgy, (sintering) Cryogenic applications, Jigs and fixtures, Hydraulic power transmission,

And finishes up with glossary of terms, useful tables and index.

10-13-2008, 08:14 AM
Machine Tool Metalworking
principles and practice
by John L Ferirer


As with most books dealing in shop working and matters, this one starts with an introduction to the machine shop.

It is divided into 11 sections, which in turn are divided into chapters on the subjects they are covering under that heading.

It is filled with clear, crisp B&W photo's,line drawings and drawings in multi color for clearer understanding of the process or procedure. Along with charts and tables of information.

Introduction to the machine shop, includes safety,tools and equipment. Eight chapters in all on the basics, ending with discussion topics and problems.
Measuring and gaging
Band maching
Drilling machines
Engine Lathe
Milling machine
Grinders and abrasive machining
Related machining procedures,CNC and electrical discharge machining,and Careers in the machine shop.

10-14-2008, 06:22 AM
General Industrial Machine Shop
3rd edition
by Harold Johnson
Chas. A Bennet
Hard cover


This one follows as most do in the general shop book line. It is divide into main sections, then divided into chapters related to the main heading.
Introduction to machine shop practices
Measurement and inspection
hand tools and benchwork
Machining metal with turning machines(lathers)
Producing cylindrical holes(drilling and drill presses)
Machining metal with shapers and planers(old school)
Machining metal with milling machines
Grinding and grinders
Heat treatment of steel
Numerical control machining(historical/basic)
Special machining processes
Appendix and index

B&W photo's, line drawings,charts and tables, along with multi-color drawings to make things clearer when needed.

10-15-2008, 06:16 AM
Shop Theory
5th edition
by James Anderson,Earl E Tatro
Copyright ©1968
Hard cover


An older and updated numerous times book. It is filled with the line drawings,charts and tables along with B&W photo's. It does start out on a sobering note with the first sentence in the book "An accident in a machine shop can be a messy and painful experience." In to days world that just seems like a given!

Safety in the Machine shop
Small Tools
Measuring& Gaging Processes
Drills & Drilling Processes
Single Point Cutting Tools
Engine Lathe Processes
Turret Lathes
Screw Thread Processes
Milling Machine Processes
The Shaping Machine & Shaper Processes
The Planer & Planing Processes
Gears & Gearing Processes
Grinding Wheels & Abrasive Machining
Grinding Machine Processes
Heat Treatment & Testing of Materials
Surface finish & Measurement
Band machining
Fundamentals of Numerical Control
Appendix, Supplementary References, Index

10-16-2008, 06:18 AM
How to run a Lathe
South Bend Lathe
Small Format Paperback
41st edition
by JJ O'Brien & MW O'Brien

How to run a Lathe
South Bend Lathe
Small Format Paperback
56th edition revised
authors name removed and the company that bought South Bend replaced them Amsted Industries

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What can be said about the one single book printed in the world that has launched more careers in the machine trades, and related fields. In more counties than one could find now a days.
From the title page on the 41st edition "Price 25¢, Postpaid, Leatherette bound 75¢, Postpaid, Stamps or Money order of any country accepted" With a clear address where you could write and mail to. And know that you would get answer back from them, along with a load of promotional materials.
The book was first printed in 1907, and every couple of years it was updated and revised to reflect any improvements on the machine.

Filled with B&W photo's of the lathe's they made, and every accessory somebody could imagine. A lot of the stuff you will only see in this book. As there are any number of ways of doing procedures. No tid bit of information was to small to leave out.

Truly the hard copy version of Wiki for the lathe and it times. If you get a chance to pick up a copy even for the photo's and charts and tables it is worth it. And I believe they are still reprinting them.

10-17-2008, 06:02 AM
Machine Shop Technology
by CA Felker
The Bruce Publishing Co.
copyright ©1962
Hard Cover


I will admit this was my first exposure to the written word on the machines and machining. As it was my high school text book, at the cooperative high school I went to. We got the academics of a regular school in two weeks a month, and spent the other two weeks in the shop classes of the area we choose as a career path direction. We had two student bodies shift A and shift B.

After 3 semesters if they thought you were qualified, you got a job in industrial at the prevailing wage rates for helpers or beginners. Which was a lot more that bagging stuff at the local food mart. But enough of history!


* Hand tool operations
* Power saws
* Drill press
* Center drilling and straight turning on the lathe
* Facing and other lathe operations
* Turning and boring tapers
* Cutting screw threads
* The shaper
* The planer
* The Milling Machine
* Milling machine indexing
* Helical milling
* Gears and gear cutting
* Grinding machines
* Metals used in the machine shop
* Appendix of a number of tables grouped all together
* Index

It is filled with B&W photo's, line drawings and charts of all things covered in dealing with the topics of machine shop technology of the mid 60's.

10-18-2008, 06:55 AM
The Metalworkers Benchtop Reference Manual
by Joseph W Serafin
Tab Books #2605
copyright ©1987


The title of the book is a little miss leading, as it deals almost exclusively with the machinist end of the metalworking side of things. That being said it is the wiki of the machine shop world, in print form. With clear detailed explanations of procedures that you need to do from time to time but may have not ever known or done before.

It is set up like a dictionary A thru W and filled with line drawings to show the step by step procedures. Most are drafting or shop style drawings, no photo's.

From alignment by sweep indicating, boring and bearings,cams,coiling heavier rod and wire,deep drawing procedure,finned tubing, gears, to tapers and trigonometry.
and finishing up with some tables and charts along with a set of trig tables.

All in all a great used book store or internet find.

10-19-2008, 06:22 AM
24 Metalworking Projects
by Percy W Blandford
Tab books #2784
Trade paperback


An interesting mix of 24 simple shop projects,for home, shop, and boat. Mr. Blandford has written a number of books on wood working, metalworking and The practical Handbook of Blacksmithing and Metalworking. I think this book was originally done in England. From some of the project titles and the descriptions given. Few B&W photo's lots of line/shop type drawings to go along with the descriptions for the projects.

Three Turning Aids
Adjustable Bevels
Bench Shear (small 4 1/2" cut sheet metal 1/8"ferrous thick, straight line type cut)
Sawing guide
Block and Tackle
Jib Furling Gear
Drawing Board Supports
Screw Jack
Combination square additions
Photographic pan and Tilt Head
Parallel-Action Drafting Equipment
Extending Ladder Mechanism
Bar Clamp
Miter Clamps
Lathe Screw Chuck
Rod and Bar Bender
Adjustable lamp
Rowing Exerciser
Folding Trolley ( four wheel folding cart in the US/Canada)

These aren't intended for beginners projects as it is assumed that one has a reasonable level of technical knowledge. This book and the previous one were sold as a set or companion items.

10-21-2008, 10:03 AM
2008 Crown Alloys
product and tech guide
small format spiral bound


A great source book for info on wire and Rod used in maintenance and production work. MIG,GAS,TIG,stick electrodes for most applications. Has some charts and tables.

It gives the typical application information
Heat treatment
Melting Temps
Percentages of metals making it up
Solidus,Liquidus Temps
Corrosion Resistance

what ever information is needed for the product.

They also coves the suggested procedures and sizes available

finishing up with exposure limits and effects of over exposures.

They also include silver solders, regular solders, Pure food Law solder,flues

12-14-2008, 06:05 AM
Bump it back up

01-14-2009, 02:57 PM
Welding technology is good

02-05-2009, 11:38 AM
First a brief disclaimer for those new to the site and the book list. From the emails I have gotten here and on other forums!

I purchase all the books I review, I do not accept readers, or freebie's from dealers,stores, publishers or authors. The books are in my library and used. This way I can say what I want good or bad about the book and there are no problems. Other than the occasional nasty e mail from some distraught author, or the person that owns the publishing rights.

All of the sources for buying or locating books, I included in the reviews, are ones that I use on a regular basis. I have no connection with them other than a satisfied customer.


Japanese Patinas
Eitoku Sugimori
Brynmorgen Press

copyright ©2004
ISBN 1-929565-11-9
hardcover over a spiral bound lay flat studio book
edited by T McCreight & A Johnston

The contents of the work:
After the introductions, and observations on Japanese aesthetics

Chapter 1
The patina studio, goes into setting up a work space and the items that you will need to do the Japanese patina's in the traditional Japanese style. From the types of containers and small items you need. To items from the house hold that are used pointing out that separate ones should be purchased and used only in the studio. From the Daikon radish,salt baking soda,vinegar,sake, and beer. For patina not consumption!

To the special chemicals that you will need, a nice touch and probably McCreight's is the translation to common items that the chemicals are used in the home and shop or called by other names that are more common.

He also goes over some items that can be studio made that are further used in the patina formulas or applications. To finishing supplies/cleaning
from traditional items common to European and Western metalsmiths. To the use of charcoal and whetstones as a means of prepping and refining the surface.

From the straw bundle brushes to apply the patina. to the use of hair dryers, torches,spray bottle charcoal and red ochre in the application.

Also covers safety and equipment

Chapter 2
It than moves on to the preparation of the objects, for patination and patina bases after cleaning. It gives cleaning and prepping of the piece to apply the assorted patina's.

The book does use and gives all the Japanese names and the closet translation if there is one.

Chapter 3
Is about the foundation patinas there formula's and variations of them same to adjust colors. And for use on brass,bronze and copper.

From the simple,copper sulfate,salt and vinegar mix Su-tanpan is the name. He then goes through the complete application process with what happens with variations in the time,temp and application of the solution.

Chapter 4
Is one that deals with layered patina's applied to the foundation patina's.
including vapor/fume patinas.

Chapter 5
Deals with the special considerations and processes that are needed for more detailed fancy patina's and mixed metals, as well as the use of soot and smoke in the patina process.

Chapter 6
Patinas on iron and steel, he gives two formula's and then goes into sealing of the patinas. With stopping or neutralizing the action of the chemicals. Then moves on to the sealing with wax, oil or lacquer. Gives the pro and cons of each type. And the lacquer includes the acrylic lacquer.

Is dealing with a short section on the Japanese alloys from copper, through brasses,bronzes to the exotics and good ole German Silver or Yo-haku with the nickel and zinc in the alloy not much in the area of patination but can be used for great contrast, when combined with other metals.

Finally the appendix
which is great in the tradition of all the McCreight books
Patina recipe summary all of them in covered in the book in one easy to locate group
Alloy Formulas
Patina Samples
Glossary, with the English translation, phonetic and the kanji
Experiment with a natural draft kiln, from how did they do it in the old days with out the torches etc.
Suppliers US only
Book List the 2 books listed in English both have been covered in this list.

To sum it up, there are great color photos in the book. Located next to the assorted patinas and such the only real complaint is some of the photographs are a little lite in the descriptive information.

Up until I read this book, I was of the opinion that the Japanese patinas and the way they are applied were way to ceremonial orientated, to the old traditions and ways of doing things.

I can say that this book changed my mind, in addition to being an enjoyable read.
Lots of great metal working books

02-06-2009, 11:27 AM
Exposé of Repoussé for The Beginning Blacksmith
Robert M Heath
copyright© 1999
Self published


Right off the bat let me say this isn't a source for repoussé information. And the only "Expose", is the authors lack of knowledge about it. As this quote from the last page of text,"That is about it on beginning Repoussé and actually more than I really know." In the current use of the word and processes. Being done at least 18 years ago. With the lack of correct information then in print and the old works some that went off in all directions other then the right one.

Part of the problem, is that down through history, the metal working crafts have tended to be jumbled in its lexicon of descriptions. Part of this is the lack of good translations to the English words from say German, "Treiben" means moving or driving metal from either the front or back. Has nothing to do with anything other than that the metal is worked.

In this book the author gets a little carried away with lumping some 20 techniques (definitions in with) repoussé. Which granted they are used in the creation of the work but are also used in the everyday processes the smith or metal worker uses.

He also moves from the current subject he is discussing to some tangent about history,museums,trips with father, and how the Greeks displayed the spoils of war etc. While interesting in themselves, they aren't Why I purchased the book!

The little that covers repoussé, is the hold in your hand and worked against the lead block or ingot, or wood block, pipe made die and other die making bits and pieces that are more of the general smiths stock in trade.
Most will find it difficult to reproduce even the simplest examples given in the book. And the only mention of pitch, is an after thought of a page with half a paragraph on an old formula for pitch which uses fine dirt in it. Instead of an inorganic mineral material brick dust or marble or plaster dust which will not rot or decompose as most dirt which is organic by definition.

Now on to the great stuff in the book. there is a section on some 16th Century Spanish bells that were found in a Mississippi farm field. And how they were reproduced for an exhibit. Jingle type bells would be the modern example. Now the author considers this to be repoussé work even though they are formed with chisels, punches, dies and wood block formers. and lead cast die punches. (this was before the lead hazards)
copper was used as the metal for the bells.

There is also a slap and dash mention, of the plywood cut out silhouette method of forming a fast and easy shaped simple relief 1/2 sided for weather vanes. Which would fall into more the raising or sink style along with log stump former.

The short section on the discussion of armor and some of the ways it is made. Is also interesting, but with forging hammers,punches, sinking devises,fullers etc can hardly be called repoussé.

It then jumps to manufacturing of some of the artifacts with a trip story and then, bounces to using a home made hydraulic press. This also short section does have a couple of formula's that would prove useful for somebody wanting to build an H style press.

He does bemoan the fact that, the re-enactment area seems to revolve around the medieval type of and aged armor. His preference is the Trojan wars/Greek and the like.

Since the original was down pre computer, it was also done on a low dollar offset printer with no to bad resolution of black and white photos.
The drawings are good they are uncluttered, so the fast and dirty style is still readable. And they give more info than the text some times.

For the cost around $10.00, and being 62 pages in length. If one is interested in metal working techniques. As long as one remembers it isn't really for beginners, and has little useful repoussé information.
It will provide some interesting reading.

It is item# BK192

02-07-2009, 10:12 AM
Nahum Hersom Repoussé
By Jerry Henderson
Copyright© 2006 3rd printing
spiral bound layflat


This book is another that the title suggests something that it's not,even with the cover picture. But it really should have a better title or at least a sub title of Hammers, stakes,handles, formers oh my!

The book is wonderful in it coverage of the blacksmiths art of hammer and stake shaping of sheet metal into leaves and flowers and other add on decorations.

If the person has any interest or anvil time this is a book, you must get! It is filled with more photo's then text. And what text there is. Is clear concise and to the point of the photo subject. Since it was based on and made up from one of Mr. Hersom's classes. It is right on the money.

It starts with the wooden former block/stump, with the type and style and sizes of the depressions that should be in the blocks. In addition to the types of wood he uses, how he laminates some blocks and the glue and tools he uses to make the shapes. and how to get a smooth surface in the depression with out a lot of work.

Moving on to making the forming stakes for short run jobs from wood he gets from pallets, and then at a later time making the stakes from steel. He then shows the stake shape that he uses most often.

Moving on to hammers, he gives a master course in his 8 basic hammer head designs, with pictures of the top looking down and looking from the side of the head.

The next one page in the book my be worth the total cost for a lot of smiths. It deals with handles for the hammers, with the wood he gets from hardwood pallets. He passes a formula he got from his master and includes drawings and a chart for hammer sizes. He also shows his patterns and forming jig for hammer heads. He talks about reworking ball peen hammers, and making Bouging hammers, form materials other than metal.

Jumping into making lining stakes,offset stakes,planishing,saddle tools cup stakes. He then goes into building a veining tool, which from the ones I have seen is the basis for most of them whether they give him credit or just rip his design off.

He finishes up the tools with lead block work, bench anvil, fish tail punch,hold clamps, drill bits and pliers and shears. Then a Filing jig, files and vise work. Along with using a shorter file than most would choose to grab.

The second section is about techniques, from annealing to hammer training with pictures illustrating the proper way.
Then he moves on to leaf exercises, 2 types and then two sizes of ball husks or could be applied to flower petals. Rosettes, water leaf patten and layout for scroll work,Acanthus leaf exercise. All have patterns and step by step photo's with text instructions.

I have to say that if you have any interest in metal shaping arts,smithing or jewelry work. The information in this book is a must.
and should be in every metal workers library. Each section is worth the price of the book combined they truly are a masters level course in tooling and manipulation of metal no matter what you choose to call it!

Item# BK92 http://www.piehtoolco.com/

02-08-2009, 05:30 PM
Moving Metal
The art of chasing and repoussé
Adolph Steines
Hardcover, translated for
Blue moon Press

Copyright ©2001
ISBN 0-9707664-9-1


From the explanation of the German term and original title METALL-TREIBN moving or driving metal from either side of the metal. Then its clear black and white photo's.Its to the point clear text used in conjunction with the photo's of the processes.

Examples with easy to follow simple steps for a couple of outstanding projects.

Design and the execution of the design with all the steps filled in. And not left to the assumption that the person reading the book knows the in between steps. Design transfer to the metal, along with an easy way of using Plasticine clay to see the side in the pitch to check on progress.

He goes over the use of a number of materials for support backing, in addition to the pitch.

The work shop, punch work, tools, and the assorted techniques for the subject and the background work including the use of the gravel,asphalt,or concrete for surface texture.

Surface treatments dealing with patina, coloring, sealers and the proper use of waxes.

A section on Architectural art, large size and scale including deep depth of relief. Use of hand work covering doors and entryways. Memorials both large and small. To the village center square type fountains.

And of course restoration work and the use of the styles in modern work. There are also item with examples from jewelry items to large 5'x 12' welded together copper wall hangings.

And the most interesting part for me was the use of your basic pneumatic muffler gun and modified chisels and punches. For the large deep relief and large signage.

This isn't one for the newbe I have no clue set! but to get before the printing disappears so you have a copy when you have some work under your belt. I have no reservations about pushing this book.
Item# BK914 at Phiel tools http://www.piehtoolco.com/
Its not cheap but a well worthwhile investment.

06-19-2009, 10:31 AM
Copper Candle Cups
Tools & Techniques
By Gene Chapman
copyright ©1993
Oak and Iron publishing


volume #1(my notation)

This is a slim volume of Gene's tools and steps in converting 3/4" copper pipe into an easy to make candle holding cups, to give color,accent and ease of making parts that might have to be made in numbers. For candelabras and wall sconce lights.

This is done in hand drawn style with notes and instructions for making the tools, mandrels, fullers, swags, and rivet making blocks. And takes you from start to finish.

The look of the booklet and the price, sort of hide the information contained in it.
It is available from, Oak and Iron

06-20-2009, 10:22 AM
Copper Candle Cups II
(tooling,techniques,step by step pictures)
By Gene Chapman
copyright ©2005
Oak and Iron Publishing
It is sub titled Tooling for Hot and Cold Forging Copper Candle Cups.


This is volume two
As some of you may know Gene is a member/poster here.

This is a slim volume of Gene's tools and steps in converting 3/4" copper pipe into an easy to make candle holding cups. It deals with his tools and making them.

*Clamping and Cutting
*Candle Cup Fuller
*Holding and Cutting
*Flattening, Tapering and Flaring
*Flaring Cup and Forging a Swage
*Domed Bottom Tooling
*Finishing and Riveting
*Country Candle Holders
*More Candle Holders
*Ferrules, Files and Angle Gauge
*Cheat Sheet

This is a continuation of the 1st candle cup book, this one dealing with the tooling and Gene's thoughts on tooling. Some of his fly press tooling and the regular blacksmith type one piece at a time tools.

From the use of ball bearings to help make tooling or the use of one for the flaring of tubing, if you don't have a flaring tool set. It could be one of those Doh! moments of man that's a great idea.

It is done very well, with nice clear sharp black and white photo's.material lists and sizes along with information contained in the photo so you don't have to hunt for it in the text. It contains only enough text to get the point across. And more pictures to get the tool across if needed.

The other nice thing is it gets the mind rolling with idea's for other possibilities for tooling that can make the smithing and metal work experience more fun and less work, for those repetitive jobs.

It is available from, Oak and Iron or pm Gene

Just a reminder that my standard disclaimer about books applies.

06-21-2009, 08:53 AM
Hot Shop
(Small Potatoes)
Blacksmith stuff
Step by Step Illustrations and Pictures
Home Built Tooling and Fixtures
Hot Tips & Notes
Product Ideas

The fine print:The hot shop has cold work stuff too!
by Gene Chapman
Oak and Iron Publishing
Booklet 8½x11


This one covers a lot of fun stuff, most of it or the booklet could have been called "Quickies" or any of the other interesting titles playing on the words!
Same High quality product standards that is a hallmark of Gene's work.
He covers mostly on one or two pages, the material.

Courting candleholder
Miner's lamp knife
Bottle opener tool
Using benders
Bend it!
Lock punch
Orange uglie
Uglies eleven
Forging uglies
Shaker peg folder
Workshop handout
Mt.man folder

As a foot note for those that don't know a Folder is referring to a type of knife. On the order of the pocket knife or safety knife.

Each project is describe in clear writing and drawings if needed along with the clear great contrast B&W photo's. Most idea and projects are conveyed in 1 or 2 pages.
The benders are simple straight forward designs that work, whether the scroller or the round work design. The uglies and for5ging uglies are little quickies that will be a sure hit with the ladies and kid's. and can be made in a range of objects for a range of uses and duties.

And yes for the skeptics in the forum, you can show and explain with tooling the making of a knife. If you follow Gene KISS formula. It's great stuff.

06-21-2009, 09:44 AM
Hot Shop II
By Gene Champman
Copper handle blacksmith knives
Wound candleholder & Tooling
Forging uglies faces
Fly press stuff
Uglie critters
Booklet 8½x11
Oak and Iron publishing


Again Gene has another winner, a continuation of his first volume dealing with hot stuff for blacksmiths and other metal workers. You really don't need a full shop of smithing tools to make his stuff. A heat source,couple of hammers, a good vise and some steel chunks to work as an anvil for beating on along with a couple of assorted stock for mandrels.

It is more one/two pagers from start to finish with only the section on fly press and tooling being multiple pages. To cover the assorted tooling. Clear bright high contrast B&W photos along with the close ups of were needed.

The items covered in this one are:

Going to the dogs
Forging a dog
Different dog
Uglie tooling
Uglies, faces only a mother would love
Uglie hats
Uglie critters
Tapered winder
Wound candle holder
Fly press and tooling
Copper handle knife
Some fly press deco work

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I have been asked by an emailer, What is my standard disclaimer it is as follows:

I purchase all the books that I review, I only review books that I might find of interest. I will tell you if a book sucs or isn't worth it. I don't accept freebies or what are called readers in the business. If I give an book dealer/store information. It is because I have used them before and had great service. And if it is the only available source, I will tell you that also.

My reasons for the above are simple. I'm note beholding to anybody, author, dealer or publisher. I can and do say what needs to be said about the books.

This does present some problems, as I have few if any stinkers in all these reviews. And those are mostly mail order sight on seen and purchased by only the description in the sales info. Which can be a real load of B.S.

06-22-2009, 10:49 AM
Haynes Welding Manual (Techbook)
By Jay Storer & John H Haynes

Basics of Gas,Arc,MIG,TIG,and Plasma welding and cutting

For selecting and using welding equipment
Haynes North America #10445 (2110)
copyright ©1994
ISBN 1 56392 110 3
Trade paperback

Part of Haynes Auto Repair manual Series (sold at most big box auto parts stores)


We all have seen the Haynes Auto manual's at the local auto parts stores. Some probably have more than one. I never did buy a copy new of this book since it was a beginners and when it first came out I was way past being a beginner and had numerous other ones all ready. When a used copy was offered at the NAMES expo along with some others I picked it up.

First it is a US version rewrite of the Brit's version. I believe the only thing in common they both have is the title. It is well written, with loads of good B&W photos, drawings. They have retaken the photos with US equipment and supplies.

Chapter 1 Introduction
Starting with a brief description of blacksmith welding as a starting point with a couple pictures of a forge welding set up anvil and smith. And then moving on from there. In to the development of modern welding, and welding of today. They also mention the role the various welding processes play in the creation of art works through out the book with a couple of real people and their work along with other welders sprinkled across the book. Something else that is rarely if ever covered is the metal dealer experience. Which can come as culture shock to somebody new. what to except, and how most operate both new and used dealers.

Chapter 2 Types of welding
Gives all the basic information of the assorted welding and cutting processes as an overview of each.

Chapter 3 Oxy-acetylene gas welding/cutting
The basics gas process,equipment,getting started and flame adjustment. Gas welding, welding with filler rod then moving on to brazing, cutting and ending with a short section on heating of metal for working and the use of a rosebud tip.

Chapter 4 Arc welding
Starting with an explanation and comparing of duty-cycles. A big confusing point for a lot of people. AC/DC or both in choosing a machine.
Another item that most books that claim they are a beginners hardly mentions. Is the rewiring needed for an arc welder. Gives a general over view and some considerations about it. Then it goes into the arc process, safety considerations, getting started in arc welding (beginning),types of joints and then choosing electrodes.

Chapter 5 MIG welding
Shopping for a MIG welder, choosing the shielding gas,choosing the wire used, and then learning MIG welding.

Chapter 6 TIG welding
The equipment used, covering all the bits and pieces needed to TIG. The process in action and uses in a large assortment of fields and work. With a short course and then TIG-welding aluminum.

Chapter 7 Plasma-arc welding and cutting
A brief description of plasma-arc welding, and then Plasma-arc cutting equipment. Choosing plasma cutting equipment and then using a plasma cutter.

Chapter 8 Safety and shop equipment

Chapter 9 Building a utility trailer
A small light duty 4x8x2 2 wheel trailer that is a better design than most I have seen shown on the net.
The glossary is well done, with drawings and photo's to help with the descriptions.
The source list may be out of date with the mergers and buy outs of the suppliers. Plus it has a great index, and after each chapter there is a pages labeled notes for those that tend to scribble notes and questions for themselves.

For anybody that has or thinks they have an interest in welding, or getting into art work or metal work with and about welding this is the one, for you new or used. It is worth the price.

06-24-2009, 08:37 AM
Gas Metal Arc Welding Handbook
5th Edition
BY William H Minnick
The Goodheart-Wilcox Company inc.
ISBN 978-1-59070-866-8
copyright ©2008


This is the latest edition of of the book, It is a widely used text book in the education of welders. It has been update to include the current equipment and process. It like all of this publishers book almost a standard welding text.

Lots of clear B&W photo's, drawings and charts and welding schedules. ( which are sheets that show listed everything you need to know to complete the job as the welding engineer wished) I know that not everyplace uses the same one but, they are close to a general type.

The book covers basic operation of each components.
Safety practices of welding,electricity, gases etc.
Welding defects and how to avoid them.
Types of weld joints and welds.
Assorted metals techniques and procedures.
And a chapters that cover the special info that is required by welding auto bodies, trucks-trailers and off the road vehicles.

It is 14 chapters it does look like a slim volume, but when it is considered that all other procedures are excluded form it. It does cover the choosen subject matter like a blanket.

Whether it is a beginner just starting out in the use of GMAW(MIG) or an long time welder that needs a little refresher course. This will be a help.

It does contain a great reference section with the information in chart form.
From the guide to shade numbers of lenses,to inches per pound of wire, safe limits for fumes and metric units for welding.

The glossary is well defined with not only welding terms but terms that are closely related to the welding trade.

06-25-2009, 11:52 AM
Decorative & Sculptural Ironwork
Tools, Techniques & Inspiration
2nd edition
By Dona Z Meilach
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
ISBN 0-7643-0790-8
In the EU and England they are distributed by
Bushwood Books
Kew Gardens


What can one really say about a Dona Z Meilach, book on ironwork and smithing in all forms and styles and subjects. And since this is the recent 2nd edition. with update information on equipment and trends and techniques. It is one of the must haves for every metal head. Here is her direct metal sculpture review

The easiest way to do this is with the contents listed after a few words. It is well done, with lots and lots of photo's both B&W along with the color sections/albums. She covers old museum stuff to the current crop(1999) of smiths, blade workers, sculptors and even a detailed chapter devoted to a Damascus steel research project at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
From the Yellin museum in Philly pa to outstanding work of some the finest studios turning out railing. So here it is.

New creativity with metal forging
The shop,the forge, and the tools
The fire, the fuel, and the heat
The smith's materials: iron,steel and alloys
Basic forging procedures
The object-from simple to Challenging
Color plates
Large sculpture
Small Sculpture
Carving animals and other fantastic forms
Gates,grilles,and railings
Locks,knockers, and other hardware
Bladesmithing for knives,choppers,and scissors
Damascus Steel
Mixed metals--More techniques
A gallery of details

Appendix-weight charts

As she starts with a short history of iron work, then moves right into the heart and heat of the subject. As this isn't sold as a how to book. I will say that it is probably one of the few books that with little or no previous knowledge. One could follow her step by steps with the photo's and turn out some very passable items.

I am not saying that the person will be a world class iron worker or even close to it. Just that she is and always complete in her descriptions, procedures etc.

I will go as far as to say that more people learned the basics and some all they know about smithing from Dona's books (she has written over 36).
When she was taken recently from us. She was moving into the field of computers as it could be applied to ironwork.

It might be a bit pricey for some but as with good tools it is a investment that you will use over and over. And one that will bring enjoyment when you can't be swinging a hammer or tong!

If you do get a used one that is the original edition, you will be buying the 2nd edition shortly after.

08-19-2009, 07:45 AM
The Materials and Methods of Sculpture
Jack C Rich
Dover publications
This is the republication of the 1988 Dover edition of the nitnth printing of the original 1947 Oxford edition
Trade paperback
ISBN 0-486-25742-8
Copyright ©1974,1947by Jack C Rich


I have to start off with the disclaimer about some of the methods and materials found and published in this original book. are nolonger considered safe to use today. Yes it is a new edition and nothing was changed from the original.

That being said this could be called a mini version of Oppi Untracht Jewelry concepts and technology, for the sculpture arts.
I skimmed the book,and read over a couple of sections. It lives up to its hype and the one time I was shown a hard cover first edition.

The Anatomy of Sculpture

The Plastic Earths, from the most basic to the latest in 1947. natural prep, modeling, casting, firing.

Plastic Wax, modeling,carving,and composition clay.

Plaster of Paris, from the historical to the everything in between. Chemical,mixing,phenomenon of setting surface treatments, coloring,mold making for non ferrous metals, carving etc.

Casting, molds and types agar,gelatine,glue,Krogel, plaster,rubber,sulphur,and wax.

Metals, after some discussion of use of metals and the characteristics it go on to alloys and from Aluminum, to Wood's metal and zinc and everything in between. Along with the good points and bad suggested methods and casting info. enough that at the time the book was written one could make an informed decision abut what would work and what wouldn't.

The surface treatment of metals, from Bidri,bronzing, plating,ecthing and others. to the patination, cleaning of bronze polishing and old school method of hot and cold lacquering of metal.

Stone all the basics you need to know about stone and the types, the common and not so common types, durability and outdoor exposure, the preservation of stone.

Sculpture in Stone, Tools and equipment,methods of approach to stone carving, and the craving and treatment of stone.

Wood, again all the basics to pick the direction to go.
And before the end.

Other Sculptural Materials, from amber to terrazo, and ivory,bone,plastic's,soap, coal,concrete,butter, ice and snow. Along with some other old school stuff that most never heard of.

There are 281 B&W illustrations in 62 plates and some drawings. What I liked about it it covers most of the area that questions crop up on these forums. It is great for use by a metal artist if they would like to add stone/wood base to their work.

Since it is difficult to find out the angle of the chisel to achieve that certain surface on stone, this book shows you. This is one that should be on every sculptors book shelf, no matter what the medium they use. As the cross information will come in handy. It is a good read and I know what I will be doing when I finish this review.
It is only &16.95 plus shipping from Dover web site it also maybe on sale!

11-28-2009, 09:21 PM
i was wondering if anyone on here can help me to cross reference a CO2 regulator on a hobart 180. i contacted miller and hobart both directly a week ago,but neither has answered. thanking you in advance. mike

12-03-2009, 10:47 AM
Soldering Brazing and Welding
Edited by Eric Franklin
Cassell Work Handbook series
Cassell & Co
Copyright© 1934,1954
second edition 1963


This is another one of those historical gems one comes across, it was in a package deal of shop books. At first I didn't pay top much attention to it till I looked at the cover again. It has a shot of a lead pipe joint being wiped. Now to know what that is you have to be one of the senior members here in age only.

In looking at the contents and then starting to reading it. It is one of those books that can withstand the test of time. With the information it contains.

It covers the complete process of wiping joints. Something that I couldn't find a plumber in 30 years of being in the industrial scene that could even explain what it was. There is a very complete section on wiping joints and lead pipes and welding/joining sheet lead (called lead burning)

Starting out with the various processes of joining metal, its chapter on soft solders has more information on solders and alloys,than any other book I've seen. The same with the 7 page chapter on soft solder fluxes what's wrong and why along with the formulations.

The chapter on the apparatus, Irons and blowpipes(torches) for the collector would be priceless.

The chapter on the soft soldering covers it completely, with section on different classes of work as to procedures and set ups so you don't have failures.

The soldering of aluminum, really opened my eyes. As I like most on this forum probably were told that "YOU CAN'T SOLDER ALUMINUM" as a youngin from every quarter no one could really say. From the solder alloys, to fluxes to the most important reason soldering aluminum fails today as it did when this was written.Contamination!

It then goes into Hard soldering with Silver Solder, soldering on gold and silver jewelry.

Moving on to a chapter on Brazing,then chapter of interest to the smiths is the chapter entitled Iron,and Steel under the hammer.

The chapters on oxy-acetylene welding and electrical welding are dated as to equipment. But were interesting to read. The chapter on induction soldering and brazing again was interesting, even with the dated equipment.

It is true that this book may be easier to find back in its county of origin. But if you have an interest. It is worth tracking down.

12-04-2009, 06:23 AM
Atmospheric Forge & Heat Treat Oven
William T Goodman & Robert W Holmes
David J Gingery Publishing
ISBN 1-878087-28-2
Copyright © 2003
Soft cover 72 pages,
B&W photo's with line drawings


A very well done book on building an double end door, forge or furnace oven. goes from cold start to 2,500'F in 2 1/2 minutes. has twin burners operates on LP Bottle gas from 1 1/2 psi to 8 Psi pressure. The height is 5' 2" tall at the top of the burners putting the viewing area at a good height to see what is happening. It is an easy build with mostly common shop tools.
Has a Pryometer for those temp reading in heat treating. The other advantages to this style is with the design of the burners. The primary air volume increases as the pressure and volume of the gas increases. So there is no air shutter adjustment. So no fan or blower, so no electric hook up required. Perfect for a traveling forge. Have a 100 pounder tank and you are good to go for awhile.

The openings are 6"x6" and the chamber is 22" long. you can pass long stock, you can heat two or more at once. Or have two people working at the same time. as in a school or teaching, demo.

This is one well thought out piece of equipment. It can do the work of a couple of different furnaces or forges.
I haven't built it yet as the book is new to me it has the parts list breakdown. It shows you how to cast the block for the forge so there is no looking for obsure maker or type of fire brick.

Lots of B&W photos that are clear and bright so you can see the item. The drawing are detailed cleanly done with all angles in place with the measurements.

I think I have found the one I'm going to build when the time comes.

Get it here:
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12-06-2009, 07:42 AM
How to Teach Yourself
with Clay
Don A Meador

Copyright © 2006
Millennial Marketing
Soft cover Booklet 36pages
B&W photo's, Line Drawings


Ok to begin with this book won't teach you Blacksmithing! It will teach you the basics of aspects of moving metal. As with his other books, this one is written well, nice clear drawings and B&W photo's.

In the first part he discusses the shared characteristics of clay and hot metal, He also talks about the differences in both which is important. His reasoning in thinking that clay is a good substitute. Since smithing is like working in the fourth dimension to make a 3 dimensional object. So that at the final bend of hammer blow the piece ends up looking like you envisioned.

You can work indoors, as he said in front of the TV if you want. Another advantages is no wasted metal at today's prices.

Tools & Materials
Types of clay and Clay preparation
Cutting Clay into Standard sizes, He shows you how to make a rolling board and cutting device. So you can re-make your bar or round stock. Complete with parts list, drawings and photo's.
Hand Tools, a substitute anvil from common lumber, an anvil horn from a section of copper pipe, clamps and a block of wood.

Part II
Basic Blacksmithing Techniques
Drawing out
Showing how these are done, and how to do them in clay

Part III
He shows a double ended hook, a fork, a wall coat hook and a couple of animal refrigerator type magnets or whismies as they are called.

Part IV
The last part is transferring the newly acquired skills to metal. Goes into the proper anvil height and hammer blow strength. Since you haven't been hitting the clay at the same force you will be hitting hot metal.

So, if you are thinking of starting out or don't know if you will like smithing. You can try it out for a smaller investment in tools and equipment.

The other advantage is if you have a young un that wants to do it too. it may be a good way to get them started and out from under you anvil.
And yes you can put this technique into practice with any basic book on smithing. Granted you will not be able to make completed complex projects that are long in length. But the smaller components can be made and assembled.

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12-07-2009, 08:16 AM
Practical Joining
A Bench Reference
for Jewelers

Tim McCreight
Brynmorgen Press
Hard cover, spiral wire bound
lay flat binding
ISBN 1-929565-16-X
copyright © 2006


Again Tim does another one that will be along side his Complete Metalsmithing book. Form the page and half history and overview about the start and how each discipline does things for it's best advantage.

They lay flat binding does make it nice when you put in down as the pages don't close up. It does read well, you sit down and read it through cover to cover. And not like some of the other reference books.

It is divide into 3 sections,filled with his detailed concise,clear illustrations on the subject and items being discussed.

This book is also good for model builders no matter what the material. Or metalsmiths outside of the jewelry venue. It is truly one for metal artists of all kinds or artist of any disciplines for that matter.

Cold connections
Threaded connections
Other Cold Connections

Each listing is covered, in a number of variations with shown examples. Also he does a simple and complete step by step procedures on each process. Showing the slightly different methods in using rivets of assorted heads styles and introducing people to cutler's rivets. From making your own rivets or making the item riveted be able to rotate.
He finish's up with some not so common methods of fastening.

Hot Connections
Soft Soldering
Soldering Investment
Miscellaneous Supplies
Clean up after Soldering
Modern welding

Covering all the common equipment for soft and hard soldering. Along with the alloy's, fluxes and work areas. Means of holding the parts together. Including the solder investment which was something I wasn't aware of. And it sounds like it may come in handy at times.

Most people think they know about soldering of either type. And if you have an assortment of solders that melt at differing temps he gives some ideas to keep the straight. Also he gives enough information that anybody reading it will no longer have a problem with getting a good joint.

And from some of the questions asked on assorted forums about both soft and hard soldering. It is a need that this book fills.

Of course the welding section is just a overview of the equipment and results. Along with a quick view of the equipment and procedures for forge welding, and the modern welding is gas and electrical types.

He finishes up with


He covers a little of the history, show that some have been around for a long time.
Natural glues, Hide and Casein along with instructions on their mixing and use.

Drying Glues, Polymers, Polyvinyl Acetate (Elmer's,TiteBond etc) Hot Melt Glues

Thermosetting Adhesives, Epoxy two-parters

Specialty Adhesives, Cyanoarcylates (Super-Glue) and Ultra Violet Curing adhesives the kind that Dentists use.

He finishes up with Appendix, supplies, and index.

12-08-2009, 07:40 AM
Figure Sculpture in Wax and Plaster
Richard McDermont Miller
Dover edition 1987 and updated
Trade paperback
ISBN 0-486-25354-6 (pbk)

Dover Books site US (http://store.doverpublications.com/)
Dover books site UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)


I was more interested in locating a book that is more current and dealing with wax methods and use. This book was suggested,and it didn't disappoint.

Not being somebody that will ever do a lot of or probably any figure work. But at least one of the members had some questions about building the wax model for casting in bronze.

The chapters on The use of the figure in art and whether the subject matter is life, photo or memory and the assorted conceptual drawing tools gesture, proportion and anatomy will be helpful in general.

The next group on the wax side of it.

Working with Wax, the nature of wax and tools for working with it.

Sketching a Small Figure in Wax, Two demonstrations showing how to work freely with wax. Warm wax and direct molding of the figure by hands and fingers.

Modeling on a Wax Armature, Showing another method of making small solid figures.

Hollow Wax Modeling, Showing a method for making larger wax sculptures.

He then moves on to plaster, starting with Working with Plaster. The properties of plaster,how to mix it, and the tools to use. This is another of those areas that can frustrate people and caused them to move on. As most don't really know how to handle plaster. And the tools to manipulate it.

The next chapter is Getting the Feel of Plaster, Building a tower and making a plaster sketch. This is fun looking exercise in it is strictly for getting and of what you can do and what the plaster can do. Highly messy
but informative. the making of the sketch was an interesting bit for me. As he casts a block of plaster, Like a sheet cake and then proceeds to cut out the torso,limbs and head assemble the sketch in to a human form and the refine it into a great looking table top piece.

Modeling the Figure Directly in Plaster,This is using tan armature of solid wire and building on that. Then the old chicken wire base sculpture to build the layers for the hollow piece.

Casting Wax from plaster Molds, pre-casting wax sheets,rods and armatures, and some tips and tricks on pouring the wax into the molds to get the best wax model. I know it did answer a question about why the few I have tried in the past had wax stuck to the plaster and wouldn't release.

Making Plaster Molds from Original Wax Sculptures, making a plaster cast from a wax original, than making a metal casting from a wax original, commonly called the lost wax process. In this case he is casting lead but in today's time frame a better choice would be non lead bearing pewter.

He finishes up with might be the best part of the book, the Appendix. Which contains information on wax and using it,Plaster and metals. In the newer books, so much of the detail of information, that is needed by the people that are buying and using the books. Is not passed on as the editors and some authors forget that the books are going to people looking for knowledge to EXPAND their skill sets.

This being a Dover book. It is well done, filled with step by step B&W photo's of the processes and demo's along with photo's of the tools and materials discussed. And being a Dover reprint the price is right. I have payed many times the price for college adult courses that didn't give 1/6 the information in this book.

12-09-2009, 07:13 AM
Mosaic and Tessellated Patterns
How to Create Them
John Wilson
Dover Publications
Trade Paperback
Copyright© 1983
ISBN 0-486-24379-6

Dover USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)

Dover UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)



This is an interesting book for artists in the sense of creating patterns and fence and screen fills. 64 pages, 179 figures of patterns and the information on how to create them along with some history of the from the Roman mosaic tile days. There are 32 full page patterns, that can be used for ideas or a start on designing your own fills for gate,screen or fence panel fills, or even my original idea when I saw one of those OP-Art posters. Wall hanging panels of assorted sizes in a grouping.

Not to mention the possibilities, with the use of a CNC cutter. Leave some solid metal in patterns and cut out the rest. Combining the lattice work design with some solid bits of metal or glass and you have an interesting garden piece or smaller or larger trellis.

If you like the style of the plates there is a page that explains the construction of creating them.

12-10-2009, 06:48 AM
Geometric Allover patterns
Ian O Angell
Dover Publications
Bover Books UK

Dover Books USA

Copyright © 1985 as Computer Geometric Art retitled in 1994
Paperbound 48 pages 46 B&W illustrations
ISBN 0-486-24855-0

Dover Books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)

Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)



This is a lattice pattern grouping of 17 categories corresponding to two-dimensional space groups. The main over arching title is called Computer generated serendipity patterns.

As in the previous book, these are dependent on tiles that are joined together in side a rectangle. And it shows that the same design influences effected the fill patterns across so many cultures. In the formative times.

They can be scanned and fiddled on the computer, for use in CNC plasma cutting machines. Or with a hand unit. They also can be broken down into the tile sections for fence, screen, fills and built up of welded component parts. The easiest way of using them or playing with them to see if they would look better cut from a solid sheet is to use a colored pencil and fill in a number of scanned copies. To check the pattern repeat etc.

From one tile panels grouped together in a themed wall hanging to a fill panel for a fence person gate. It will give pause for design inspiration.

12-11-2009, 01:26 PM
Custom Knifemaking
10 projects from a Master Craftsman
Tim McCreight
Stackpole books
Stackpole Books (http://www.stackpolebooks.com)
Brynmorgen Books (http://www.brynmorgen.com/catalog.html)
ISBN 978-0-8117-2175-2
copyright ©1985


Ok so right up front when I came across this title on McCreight's publishing co. web site I was intrigued by it. Knowing his attention to detail both in covering the subject matter and in his illustrations and photo's. Knowing also his preference for KISS Keep It Simple Stupid type of working to achieve an end.

I thought that this would be a great book for the one of or even the occasional knifemaker. Since there are 10 complete projects from start to finish. Including the sheath work, to complete a knife. It probably be a great one to own and review for others that just think they might want to some time in the future.

After the usual niceties, a safety warning (which in it self is different) a short introduction/history of knifes.

He starts off with his usual completeness on the simple tools needed to make a knife. Cutting tools,Shaping tools,Drilling tools,Finishing tools,Abrasive Papers,Hammers,Torches, Miscellaneous Tools and the Workshop. He covers a wide assortment of tools and their use, and what you need along with a sturdy simple wood bench.

A Brief History, Structure of steel;properties of Tool Steel, Hardening and Tempering. Descriptions of Popular Steels, Other Knifemaking Materials; Brass.

Knife Design
Nomenclature, Blade Cross-Section, Knife Format, Care and Maintenance, Sharpening.

Materials,A Molded Pouch Sheath, A Snap Sheath, A Molded Pocket Sheath.

Forge Set-Up
The Fire, Fuel,Tools, Using the Forge, The Goal of Forging. This is probably the chapter with some ideas, that I consider the best. His forge (Coal Forge) is an award winner for simple , cheap and fast built up and use. It is a wheel rim forge, not a brake drum. Now granted his costs for materials is out dated. the the idea of setting it on a stacking of 3 sets of blocks that you can adjust the height. Lining it with broken brick and other than putting a layer of fireplace motor in the buckets over the top for a fire clay floor. along with a simple air/hair dryer.
It is a perfect solution for either a one time deal or an occasional forge that will spend most of it's life under a bench.

The other great thing about the forge chapter it covers the solid fuel types and use better than a lot of books sold as a blacksmithing hand book etc.

The second part of the book is the project sections:
Project #1 Kitchen Parting Knife
#2 Full-Tang All Purpose Knife
#3 Partial-Tang Carving Knife
#4 Through-Tang Skinner
#5 Wilderness Knife
#6 Forged Camp Knife
#7 Kitchen Chopper
#8 A One Blade Pocket Knife
#9 Lockback Folding Knife
#10 Damascus Steel Dagger

Glossary,Appendix:Tables, suppliers and Bibliography and index

Most of the chapters on the projects contain the following subject areas:
List of Materials
Process Overview
Design Considerations
Process Detail
Blade Shape
Hardening and Tempering
Handle Slabs
Cutlers' Rivets
Soft Soldering
Making a Spade Bit
Making the Ferrule
Preparing the Tang
Making a hole in the Antler
Cutting out the Blade
Making a Flush Nut
Slicing Steel
Laying out the Mechanism
Heat Treating the Spring
Cutting the Sides
Etching w Ferric Chloride
Setting the Rivets
Etching the Blade w Aqua Regia

The Damascus Steel Dagger:
List of Materials
A Brief History
Process Overview
Design Considerations
Process Detail
Preparing the Billet and Fire
Making the Initial Weld
Re-stacking and Making Further Welds
Shaping Blade and Tang
Hardening and Tempering
Etching to Reveal Pattern
Bolster and Guard
Assemble the Handle

Now the reason I have listed the material covered separately for the Damascus blade is having no first hand experience and only the rereading the information for years. This way I will hopefully stop any questions on that process covered in the book by the more knowledgeable.
It has been a very enjoyable book to read. And he does a very good job of explaining knifemaking, simple tools, and book with simple process and the making of some very high end knifes simply!
The chapters that have not been expanded on, are pretty much self explanatory.

12-14-2009, 09:57 AM
Blacksmithing Projects
Percy W Blandford
Dover Publications
copyright ©2006
ISBN 0-486-45276-X
originally copyrighted ©1988
Published by TAB BOOKS

Dover Books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)

Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)


This is another great one for those starting out in the area of smithing. With 24 main projects plus some that have more than one or enough variations to get one busy for a while. Honing the simple skills sets that will add to the overall skills needed to take on more detailed and complicated projects in the future.

Each Project set is a chapter, with clear and concise line drawings of the parts and project. Not drafting drawings, but drawings that will leave no doubt about what one needs to do.

Starting with a brief introduction on smithing and the projects in this book. as free standing or starting point for other things.

Set of punches and chisels
Wood-cutting tools
Garden tools
Plant pot hanger
Plant stands
Yard seat
Outdoor table
Glass-topped table
Door hinges
Door latches and bolts
Simple wind vane
Ornate wind vane
Exterior lamp bracket
Domestic hook hardware
Fireplace smithing
Boot aids
Coat and umbrella stand
Small gate
Scrolled gate
Fences and railings
Traditional candlestick


Now most people that have been at smithing for any length of time may find this book simple for them or they can find it a kick start for getting over that fence for their next project.*

12-19-2009, 08:47 AM
Wire in Design
modern wire art & mixed media
Barbara A McGuire
Krause Publications
copyright ©2001
trade paper back
ISBN 0-87349-218-8


If you are looking for ideas or a slightly different direction for some shelf, table or stall filler that can be made at a quicker rate than some of the other projects that are carried on the art fair circuit. Something that helps pay the daily operating nut.
Then by expanding into some smaller mixed media and wire work, may be the answer you are looking for.

It starts out with Wire past and present
The nature of wire as a medium and design element
The many faces and personalities of wire
Putting it all together

There numerous chapters, on what other artists are using wire for from Alex Calder, to something called moonbabies, made by moms and sold to raise money for a charity. Or the bubble wands, of fair and frolic.

From discussions of which wire works, tools and their uses, and basic instructions.

Tool the artist and their websites, and supply sources.

Lots of colored photos that are well done, so all the detail are easily seen. From wall hangings to large scale works, to jewelry and back to the wire version of the old blacksmith puzzles. A delightful idea provoking book.

It was a remainder at
Here (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/)

12-20-2009, 08:03 AM
Heavenly Metal Twisted Wire
Lisa Brown
David&Charles publishers
trade paperback
copyright ©2007
originally copyright ©2001 in the UK
As Metalcraft
ISBN 0-7153-2775-5


This is another one done for the Euro set and style. With mostly light duty supplies. Fewer greeting cards and more ideas to be massaged for the house or garden. As with the light ball/sphere on the cover would do out side in a garden whether it is Christmas or Halloween or in between.

There are plenty of color photo's, material list's and tools and equipment lists. From the use of aluminum large hole screen mesh for insect covers for outdoor dinning. to the use of rusted wire as framing with chicken wire paneling in the style of the old French wire work for bathroom hand made soap display so the scents can move about freely.

Or the use of screen or cut out panels inserted and patinated into cabinet doors. Adding some water rounded rocks in a wire and bead made from copper tube to make a door stop, to a backsplash made from the Euro style of painted/ screen printed food item cans, mounted on a tin, or other metal background. To finally, the use of the brightly colored foil sweets(candy wrappers here states side) for accent colors and interest in frames for photo's or mirrors.

This is another one that is a remainder @ Hamilton Books (http://www.hamiltonbook.com)

12-21-2009, 07:55 AM
Plant and Floral Studies for Artists
and Craftspeople
W.G.Paulson Townsend
Dover reprint of a 1901 edition
Dover USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)
Dover UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)
Tradepaper backback
ISBN 0-486-44377-9
Copyright ©2005(Dover edition)

This is a reference for people that would like some added detail in their floral metal studies. Covering a wide variety of plants with over a 100 precise black & white drawings of the leaves, seed pods, and complete plants.

From some common ones to some what strange ones and some that I have never heard of. If only for the ones that don't grow in our local area. From the often made Acanthus flower details,a single Hollyhock to the Great ******* Woade.(used as a bird seed) to Iris, vetch and other weed plants now.

It isn't a reader as such but you will find your self finishing it after you pick it up in nothing else to find the old school intriguing names. Who known that corn or what was Indian corn, was at one time called Blew Turky wheat.

12-22-2009, 07:59 AM
Decorative Plant and Flower Studies
for Artists and Craftsmen
J Foord
Dover reprint of an 1906 Original edition
Paperbound, Black,white and Grey Drawings
Dover Books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)

Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)


Some times in reading these reprints of books from that other seeming world of the late 1800's and early 1900's. I am amazed at what is now lost, in just the way and amount of information is passed on then and now.

The drawings are wonderful in themselves, Let alone what the original color plates must have been with Ms. Foord's attention to detail. the color plates are now shaded with shades of grey to give just a sense of what the color plates must have been.

The page with the parts of the plant, has all the details one could want. From a sectional view showing the inside structure of the flower heads,to detail leaf terminations, to sectional view of the stem or scape, bulb and roots, To opening stages of the buds,to the relative heights of the leaf and flower, down to the sheath coming out of the bulbs at the ground line for those that have them.

The descriptions of the botany side of things, along with the small illustrations of the plant group both front and side. From the colors of the leaves as they grow, to whether the leaves are swaying or vertical as they grow. She describes the color and changes to the plants as they move through their life cycle.

There are 88 copyright-free drawings of 40 plants and flowers. It is an artist source book that goes above just giving the facts about the subject matter.

12-23-2009, 08:20 AM
Practical Carving,in wood,stone, plastics
and other materials
Robert Dawson
Watson-Guptill Publications, USA/Canada
Studio Vista Ltd, Great Britain
copyright ©1972
ISBN 0-8230-4369-X
Hardcover B&W photos


This is another one of those books for metal artists that can solve a number of problems and answer a number of questions. When the time comes to change up the type and style of material that is used for bases, for the metal sculpture pieces.

As to often it is just a case of weld something on to hold it upright, and then clean them up and finish them off. With little or no planning.

He covers all the basics of materials and the design light, shadow, direction, form, shape, junctions, planes, curves and straights. In the design factors so you can develop a style and type of base that will add and give impact to the sculptural piece, you are working on.

He also covers carving from assorted shapes of the block, which again a lot of wood and stone carvers, give little thought too.

A listing of the materials and tools for the materials he covers.

Working with the wood
Aeriated building blocks
Foamed plastic

In addition, there are appendixes with the sections on wood and stones as to the tools and types of materials. The rest is the information about the materials and working it.

There are line drawings about tools, materials and techniques for the assorted materials.

I picked my copy up at a discarded book sale at the local library. I think it was .50¢ it is worth hunting it. If you want to give added dimension to your table and shelf pieces. This might be the information and idea push you need.

12-24-2009, 10:05 AM
The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals
Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe
327pp,16 full color plates
B&W photos and line drawings
ISBN 0-8230-0762-6
copyright© 1982 & 1991
Watson-Guptill (http://www.watsonguptill.com)


This is another one of the should be next to Oppi Utracht's books on your shelf. If you are going to do more than one or two pieces with copper, bronze or cast or sheet brass alloys,gilding metals, silver and silver plate.

Done in England by two guys to find out what and how it worked in the historical texts and passages about what chemicals were used and how it was applied. They start out with;

Historical introduction
Metal Colouring Techniques. All the common and uncommon ones
The color plates
The recipes for the assorted metals
Safety, including the excluded colouring procedures and why. Chemicals and their hazards.
Appendices, Unsuccessful recipes( which can save time, and money along with the possible saving of the piece.) Japanese alloys and colouring, Luster colours, Glossary of chemical names new and old.

Along with the procedures for each particular metal and recipe they have info notes about what not to do to the solution and if special procedures should be taken whether they are safety related or strong fast reactions to the metals.

With the color plates it will show that if you are planning to do the patina's more than once or what them to be as close as possible to the same each time you do them. Along with good record keeping, materials, time and temperature.

It isn't cheap even on the used market, but it is like a good hammer, welder or other TOOL it will pay for it's self many times over in the coming years that you use it.*

12-29-2009, 09:02 AM
Hardening Tempering Annealing and forging of steel
Joseph V Woodworth
Lindsay Books reprint
1990 of the 1907 ed
original copyright©1902
Lindsay Books (http://www.lindsaybks.com)
ISBN 1-55918-049-8


This is a hidden gem for smiths, as it contains a large number of formula and methods that were used at the turn of the century. In the industrial settings. Some are not suitable for the small shop type smith. Others haven't really changed other than some steps or ingredients have been left out.
If you are a fan of old line illustrations of machinery. Then this has a ton of gas blast type furnaces for heat treating everything from chains to ball bearings.

Kinds of steel produced in America,effects of heat on it
Annealing processes, the terms annealing, hardening and tempering defined
Hardening and tempering of milling cutters and the like
Hardening,tempering and straightening small tools
Heating and cooling of steel, Tough steel and hard steel the difference
Hardening of steel in water, brine,oil,and solutions, Lead baths, clay
Tempering by colors,in oil,on hot plates,by thermometer,in hot water,in the sand bath and by special methods
Case-hardening processes, bone, charcoal,cyanide of potassium
Hardening of dies, and all kinds of press tools for working sheet metal
Forging and welding of steel and iron, drop forging, from edged tools
Methods, processes,kinks,pointers and tables used in metal work
Grinding,accurate and rapid grinding of tools and small machine parts, emery wheels and their uses

It includes much more, information and gems of info, like Tempering Swords and Cutlasses to pass the US Government testing."The tempering of swords so that they will stand the United States government test may be accomplished by heating in a charcoal fire to a bright red and quenching in pure water, afterward drawing the temper in a charcoal flame."
From welding buggy springs to setting up a drop forge hammer. We didn't have a buggy spring but an old chair spring question on the forum.

This is one well worth the money, even if only for the historical perspective.

Nation Builder Books (http://www.nbbooks.com/)

Lindsay Books (http://www.lindsaybks.com/)

In disclosure, I'm a customer of both and a friend of the guy that owns Nation Builder Books as he is a vendor at the NAMES expo each year.

01-09-2010, 07:41 AM
How to Weld
Todd Bridigum
ISBN 978-0-7603-3174-3
Trade paperback
Motorbooks (http://www.motorbooks.com/Store/Product_Details.aspx?ProductID=39715)


There have been a number of books on welding in the last 10 years or so that have tried to be a instructive and yet coffee table type book. They all have failed, this one does pull off both.

It is a very nicely done full color,with lots and lots of photo's. The close up of procedures and the welding process that are so often missing in most other books. Photo's to go along with all the subject matters being talked about. Not like some others that claim to be the greatest and then fall so short that they don't have the correct information in sections. Mostly due to bad editing and authors attitude.

Whether it is a birds nest in a MIG and a list of things that cause them and how to correct them. To most pit falls with all the common welding and cutting equipment and processes. It also has expanded the information about compressed gases. along with all of the common home, small shop welding and joining processes.

The author is a long time welding instructor that has been listening to the questions his students have asked over the years. And remembered to include them in this book.

It starts off with a one page introduction:

History and Process Overview
General Tools and Equipment for Metal Fabrication
Types and Properties of Metal
Joint Designs,Welding Positions, and Discontinuities
Oxygen, Acetylene, and Other Compressed Gases
Brazing, Braze Welding, and Soldering
Introduction to Arc Welding
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) or }TIG{
Cutting Processes
Fabrication and Additional Exercises

In addition to the close up photo's of the weld beads and process. There are sample exercises for all the processes discussed along with the equipment and supplies needed. It isn't a text book, but it could easily used as one with great effect.

Covering they parts of the torches and working ends that are held in the hand. with all the parts laid out and all the photo's are clear, close enough,bright that there is no work bench landscape type photo's to leave you wondering which part he is talking about.

If you are some one, that is thinking of getting into the metal arts as a hobby,or to pursue a career. Then if you are looking for a one stop book to help make up your mind. Then this is the one for you.

If you are an old hand and looking for some eye candy and to gain some more knowledge about the subject then this is also the one.
Each chapter/page is color coded tabbed to a speed index on the back cover.

This book along with the Miller's student package, and the Lincoln's The procedure handbook of Arc Welding could be the only books you might need on the subject.

It might be the best total $75.00 any one can spend on a short course of knowledge in the comfort of your home or shop. They have the price of the book in £'s Canadian $'s and US $'s so it is available most of the area's this forum serves.

01-09-2010, 09:47 AM
The above post by ptsideshow is exactly dead-on, from a newbie's standpoint. I picked up that book " How to Weld" by Todd Bridigum at a Lowe's when I was just beginning to think about learning to weld. After buying a welder, and taking a welding class at the community college and practicing for about a year, I still refer back to it, to reinforce things that I have learned. I got the Arc Welding manual from Lincoln and while it is full of good info, charts, tables,etc., I find it less useful for me, a hobby welder, than the Todd Bridigum book. I find it written more clearly and to the point than the Lincoln manual, and the photos and tables are more relevant to what I want know about welding.

Just my $.02 worth....

01-13-2010, 01:15 PM
1800 Mechanical Movements,Devices and Appliances
Gardner D Hiscox
Dover Reprint
Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)
Dover books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)
ISBN 978-0486-45743-7
Trade paper back

A very good visual and descriptive basic reference of things used in the early 20th century. With More than 1800 engravings, simple diagrams to detail cross-sections of the assorted devices.

To illustrate the workings of each item, from simple hooks to the machinery used in and by Steam, motive, hydraulic, air, electric power, navigation, gearing, mining, construction and more.

There are over 55 pages of Steam Power related items, from the “Dion Vehicle Boiler” to Assorted vibrating piston engines to square piston engines, to a large and varied number of governor types. Followed by another Steam Appliances section of 10 pages, from the “Sellers, Self Adjusting Injector” to “ Misch’s Valve Tappet for steam pumps”.

They is some items of interest for machinist, blacksmith. Assorted means of motion transfer, and “Blacksmiths helper to the “Revolving Rapid Blow Hammer”. And yes from the drawing it is the death trap that it sounds. Think of two large hammers on the rim of a spinning wheel!

From Ag, RR, and Gun Smithing, to Horological items of interest. It covers something of interest to most that delve into the arcane arts. In this throw away digital world.

With the illustrations and cross section drawing, and sometimes short descriptions. It will give a starting point for people that are looking to find out something about all that stuff Granpa had in the shed!

I have added the section Titles to this review as there was a question if this was the same as the 507 /Henry Brown book. It is not.

Mechanical Power
Transmission of Power
Measurement of Power
Steam Power
Steam Appliances
Motive Power
Hydraulic Power and Devices
Air Power Appliances
Electric Power and Construction
Navigation and Roads
Motion and Devices Controlling Motion
Mill and Factory Appliances
Construction Devices
Draughting Devices
Miscellaneous Devices
Additions added to the 14th edition

01-14-2010, 08:45 AM
Mechanical Appliances, Mechanical Movements and Novelties of Construction
Gardner D Hiscox
Dover reprint
ISBN 978-0-486-46886-0
Published 2008
Originally copyrighted ©1916
Trade paper back
Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)
Dover books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)


This is the companion volume of items from the early 20th century
To his other book, 1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and appliances.

It again covers over 1,000 items dealing with everything from Mouchot’s Solar Boiler, to Kipp’s type revolving engine and all manners of steam engine valves, governors and other interesting and unique equipment.

* Mechanical Power Lever
* Transmission of Power
* Measurement of Power, Springs
* Generation of Power, Steam
* Steam Power Appliances
* Explosive Motor Power and Appliances (IC Engines)
* Hydraulic Power and Appliances
* Air-Power Motors and Appliances
* Gas and Air-Gas Devices, Etc.
* Electric Power and Devices
* Navigation, Vessels, Marine Appliances Etc.
* Road and Vehicle Devices, Etc.
* Railway Devices and Appliances
* Gearing and Gear Motors
* Motion and Controlling Devices, Etc.
* Horological Time Devices, Etc.
* Mining Devices and Appliances
* Mill and Factory Appliances and Tools, Etc.
* Textile and Manufacturing Devices, Etc.
* Engineering and Construction Etc.
* Miscellaneous Devices
* Draughting Devices
* Perpetual Motion Devices ( up to 1916 400 years of ideas and drawing most seem to be fore runners of what silliness is out there on the web today

For the Smithing and Machine people there are enough ideas and interesting things to keep your imagination in over drive. It is the type of book that can be picked up and put down at any time.

01-15-2010, 07:21 AM
Making Mobiles
Bruce Cana Fox
Schiffer Publishing

Shiffer books USA (www.shifferbooks.com)

bush wood books EU (http://www.bushwoodbooks.co.uk/)

ISBN 0-7643-2474-8
Trade paper back
Copyright ©2006


It is simply a great starter book for the basic mechanics of building a mobile. Filled with nice large clear color photos, mostly are close ups of the procedure being discussed.

A short introduction, about mobiles and the why’s of ego and building them. Along with the fact that building them isn’t a sure financial success road.

With that part out of the way, he starts with a description of a light weight basic mobile, with materials, tools and his lists of things that you have to be thinking about before you start in on building. Plenty of close up shots of balancing the elements and mounting the bails. Just a simple two element mobile, if you can make it thru that chapter then you are well on the road.

The next four chapters are Materials, Tool Selection, Mobile design, and Cutting Elements. As most on the forums are handy or at least have had an interest in shop type work. Just a cursory reading of the chapters may do you.

The next seven sections are the important ones with all the little things that can drive one right off the point of the whole exercise. Forming the bail, Balancing the Horizontal Element, Horizontal Element Connection Rod, Vertical Element Connecting Rod is the information that is often lacking. Just his hints about which way to adjust the loops and bails will save time and practicing colorful verbage. Rivet Removal and Other Repairs, Hanging and Swivels, Finishing Considerations and Painting. Now before you say that “I can paint a mobile, depending on what and how you want to paint it. It may be better to paint it before assembly as he explains.

Finally, it comes down to Reassembly and Final Tweaks, Packing and Hanging if you choose to give some away or sell them.

Expanding on Basic Designs, Developing a Personal Style, Sources for Tools and Materials and the Recommended Reading, at least his top picks and mine agree Oppi Untracht 2 metal working books.
If you know nothing about the art of balancing mobile elements, Then this one is a must It is a slight sleeper. As a lot of people dismiss it on the first look see or read through. It does fool a lot of people.

01-16-2010, 06:34 AM
Metal Sculpture
John Lynch
The Studio Publications, Inc
LCCC #57-6177
Copyright ©1957


Well this is an oldie, but again a goody. Having come out of the fifties, when the movement of metal sculptors. Was picking up momentum and moving forward. With more use of industrial tools and procedures.

Considering that in the past and recent past Metal Sculpture meant “Bronze Works” whether they are small table top pieces, or the large public space sculptures.

There are three major influences that have contributed to metal sculpture. The Cubist style an, analysis of form, that broke with the traditional schools of painting and sculpture. Second was the Dadaist extremist experimenters, using found objects. Which was considered shocking at the time. And lastly, the ever widening assortment of Tools, Materials, and Techniques and Procedures for industry that were converted for artist use. The new directions, forms and methods used to express themselves.

Through out the book He gives a wonderful short, light history of the formative years of metal sculpture. Calder, Picabia, Julio Gonzalez et all. From the wire work, mobiles and other things Calder did. Are some of the best examples of the directions the future work was going.

Development of Contemporary Metal Sculpture
Sculpture with Shears and Pliers (wire and light metals)
Introduction to Soft Soldering
Silver Soldering
Constructions, Mobiles, Stabiles and Kinetic sculpture
Sculpture with Oxyacetylene welding

Yes looking at the subjects covered, it might look quaint, but at the time this was cutting edge writing on art. The book does give some advice on tools, and material on each of the subjects. It is filled with lots of B&W photos of the famous and not so famous work at the time. Along with how to do some things. Not a lot of detailed, information on how –to’s. There are sheet metal animals cut from a solid sheet of steel, fountains, wire forms and others. I have to say this is one of those books that today, are a really great peek at history of a growing area of the art world. If you are serious about metal art you may want to get a copy and enjoy.

One world of caution, this is another of the older art books that some dealers feel they should get an arm or leg for. Mine was a $7.50 as is, you should be able to find one for under $20.00.

01-17-2010, 06:37 AM
Easy-to-make Whirligigs
Anders S Lunde
Dover Reprint (1996)
Copyright ©1982,1986
Originally published by
Chilton Book Company
2nd ed, Whirligigs: Design and Construction
Trade paper back
ISBN 978-0-486-28965-6
Dover books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)

Dover books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)


The book covers the design, construction and operation of wind toys, whirligigs, and whirligig weather vanes. It is about wood constructed items. With a little thought and planning the designs can be worked out in either all metal or some combination of both.

Having only a vague idea about them, I didn’t think much about types, sub types and others before reading the book. This is another of the hobbyist type books with a lot of information, that people on this forum already known. So the sections on tools and materials may be of little interest. But having made a number of attempts at making a couple in the past, and not getting them to work correctly. The sections on a Mounting/Test Stands, Fan, Center lines, Body balance point, pivot points and holes for the axles.

The pivot and balance points make so much difference, it truly is what a difference a ¼” can make. He also covers copying from older folk art styles and types. And that you should re engineer them as following them directly means that they probably won’t work as they may never have worked, or they could have been modified over time.

Covering the type of whirligigs:
Winged whirligigs
Arm-waving whirligigs
Weathervane whirligigs and other special types
Mechanical whirligigs

As with most things so simple, they turn out to be more complicated than first glance. Take the propeller’s there is the basic style, and numerous other styles, Modified Propellers, Multibladed Designs, Metal Propellers, Mechanical Styles, New Designs and then the Drive shafts for the Mechanical whirligigs.

The next 5 chapters are construction information, for each style with the tips for that style covered. Along with the parts lists for the patterns that go with that style. Ending this book which is one of 3 whirligigs books that he has written.

He ends the book with tips and hints for Developing Original Designs, Final Notes on Construction, Repairing Whirligigs, and finally Developing New Designs. Whether its wood, metal or a combination, this one will help.

01-18-2010, 06:27 AM
Making Animated Whirligigs
Anders S. Lunde
Originally published by:
Chilton Book, As More Whirigigs:
Large-Scale &Animated Figures
Copyright © 1984
Dover Reprint 1998
IBSN 0-486-40049-2
Trade Paperback
Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)
Dover Books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)


This is the second book by Mr. Lunde on wind toys that I have. He expands on all the subjects from his first book. He expands on some areas and materials used for the construction of the Key elements in the design and construction of Whirligigs of all types and sub types.

Starting with a chapter on the wonderful world of Whirligigs, including a discussion about doing your own thing with them and not copying them, more ideas, women in making whirligigs, tools and materials and the lay out of the text and the rest of the book.
Chapter’s 2 through 4 are expanded coverage of the general design of larger whirligigs.

Chapter 2 : An over view of all the major styles and types of them. Key elements in their design, base, pivot point, mountings, propellers, driving mechanisms, tails or rudders and the use of moving objects or figures on them.
Making a plan, and the thinking out of the use of materials in design, the hardware, and little bits that will make the construction easier.
Figures in the design, whether they are human or other. The design of large birds which has considerations that the smaller gigs does not. Starting with the weight of the total materials to whether it will be a hollow form or solid or built up bodies. Along with the scaling up of the other elements that will drive it.

Chapter 3: Whirligig mechanisms, from supporting devices(brackets), drive shafts(bolts), and camshafts and all the intended items that go with them.

Chapter 4: Propellers, principles and design. From simple propellers and the assorted styles. Four bladed propellers and their hubs. Multibladed propellers, metal propellers, all metal or just the metal bladed. And unusual designs.

Chapters 5 to 12 are construction of the various styles of whirligigs. Each of the subject whirligigs, has a material list and any specific information to that type. The book is filled with clear precise line/drafting type drawing both as to the mechanisms, and bodies of the style.
Again all styles of whirligigs are covered, from direct drive types to the Mole Chasers under the functional types. And finishes up with Multiple Activity types. There are a number of graph paper style plans for 12 different ones to get you started.
The final chapter 13 is covering Craft Associations, Exhibiting, Marketing, Merchant class, A short summary of Marketing Principals (this is not a marketing book) and some final words.

01-19-2010, 06:08 AM
Action Whirligigs: 25 Easy-to-do Projects
Anders S. Lunde
Dover Reprint 2003, originally published
By Modern Handicrafts Inc.
Copyright © 1989
Trade paperback
ISBN 978-0-486-42745-4

Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)

Dover Books UK ( http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)


This is the third book on winds toys by Mr. Lunde that I have. All of them in this book are what is called silhouette or cut-out style. The are relatively flat style.

There are Non-Mechanical Whirligigs, and then there are a number of styles of mechanical ones that can be divide into Moving Torso Whirligigs, Rocking Whirligigs, Hidden Drive Shaft, Single Arm, Double Arm and Double Cam Whirligigs.

The book starts out with a short chapter on Silhouette Whirligigs and the whirligigs that are included in this book.

Silhouette components, Platforms, Driving Mechanisms, Propellers, and Axles in Chapter 2.

Chapter 3 is Construction of Silhouette Whirligigs, with the Tools and Materials, General Procedures, and making stands and displaying your whirligigs.

Chapter 4 is the Mechanical whirligigs, All of them have a B&W photo, a drawing on graph looking paper, with names and sizes of the parts. There also is any number of extra drawings as needed by the whirligig. Some of the Moving Torso’s are Cranking the Car, Baking a Pie, Oil Well Pump, Who’s the Boss, Man/Women Fishing, etc.

Rocking ones include Mule Kicking the Farmer, Woodpecker, Ship on the rocks, Bronco etc.

Hidden drive shaft, See-Saw and, Chickens Feeding ones. Single Arm ones includes Saluting the flag and the Blacksmith at the Anvil.

Double arm, Maestro at the Piano, Woman at the Computer. Double cam is the milking the Cow.

Weathervane ones includes Valentine, Dutch Tulips, River Boat, Sailboat and Water skier.

As with the other books by Mr. Lunde they are well done and will give lots of hours of enjoyment. He finishes up with a couple pages about designing your own whirligigs and weather vanes.

01-21-2010, 07:26 AM
Action Whirligigs: 25 Easy-to-do Projects
Anders S. Lunde
Dover Reprint 2003, originally published
By Modern Handicrafts Inc.
Copyright © 1989
Trade paperback
ISBN 978-0-486-42745-4

Dover Books UK (http://www.doverbooks.co.uk/)
Dover Books USA (http://store.doverpublications.com/)


This is the third book on winds toys by Mr. Lunde that I have. All of them in this book are what is called silhouette or cut-out style. The are relatively flat style.

There are Non-Mechanical Whirligigs, and then there are a number of styles of mechanical ones that can be divide into Moving Torso Whirligigs, Rocking Whirligigs, Hidden Drive Shaft, Single Arm, Double Arm and Double Cam Whirligigs.

The book starts out with a short chapter on Silhouette Whirligigs and the whirligigs that are included in this book.

Silhouette components, Platforms, Driving Mechanisms, Propellers, and Axles in Chapter 2.

Chapter 3 is Construction of Silhouette Whirligigs, with the Tools and Materials, General Procedures, and making stands and displaying your whirligigs.

Chapter 4 is the Mechanical whirligigs, All of them have a B&W photo, a drawing on graph looking paper, with names and sizes of the parts. There also is any number of extra drawings as needed by the whirligig. Some of the Moving Torso’s are Cranking the Car, Baking a Pie, Oil Well Pump, Who’s the Boss, Man/Women Fishing, etc.

Rocking ones include Mule Kicking the Farmer, Woodpecker, Ship on the rocks, Bronco etc.

Hidden drive shaft, See-Saw and, Chickens Feeding ones. Single Arm ones includes Saluting the flag and the Blacksmith at the Anvil.

Double arm, Maestro at the Piano, Woman at the Computer. Double cam is the milking the Cow.

Weathervane ones includes Valentine, Dutch Tulips, River Boat, Sailboat and Water skier.

As with the other books by Mr. Lunde they are well done and will give lots of hours of enjoyment. He finishes up with a couple pages about designing your own whirligigs and weather vanes.

01-21-2010, 07:32 AM
A Passion for Metal
Harvey (Henry R Harvey)
A Schiffer Art Book
Shiffer Books USA (http://www.shifferbooks.com/)
Bushwood Books UK (http://www.bushwoodbooks.co.uk/)
Hard cover
ISBN 0-7643-1840-3
Copyright ©2003
Well it claims to be Reflections and Techniques of a Metal Sculptor.
It is certainly a very good and interesting reflections of a metal and mixed media sculptor/painter. As for techniques, it is a good basic info for somebody starting out. The information on the qualities of metals and the differences. The information on the torch and what you do to it and with it. He does state that they are beginners projects.

The book is filled with color photos of his and his families work. Over the years, He has developed a number of stock styles of pieces that can be made to the clients order color, size, shape et all. Which works for him and his gallery.

From found object constructions, to abstract wall hangings to the cut nail/horseshoe hail wall hangings and word hangings. To modular wall sculptures that can be arranged to fit any wall or space, in any size. To his mixed media paint, metal, pastels, patinas found object pieces. I have to admit that he has done some of the ideas that have been popped into my head by the muse! Not exactly but in the general ball park. The book is a semi catalog of all the styles of and types of work that he has done over the last 30 or so years.

For the more advanced sheet metal sculptor, his rose project demo offers yet another way of doing the time honored flower in metal. He has no doubts about using what ever will work to get the job done. As his use of the high strength 3M double sided tape to hold it together were welding or soldering wouldn’t work. The demo project of the spider web is good. And his demo on the building of the fountain is also a winner. The rest are only lukewarm.

What surprised me was the way he made his apples for the bronze apple tree, all with flat bottoms. With a little work on a charcoal block or a soft fire brick he could have made molds to make rounder bottom apples.

To his traditional landscape types of painted cut out sheet metal, or his cut out painted sheet metal with large negative space and cast bronze elements. In the end I have to admit that it was a good read and can fill one with ideas, directions and experiments yet to ponder to improve ones work and fun in the shop.

He does have some kind of classes at his shop/gallery and they book may be used as a text to nudge the student to push and explore the boundaries of metal sculpture. His web site is an eye opener for the same. www.harveygallery.com Br sure to check out the links and he is a great viral marketer, so don’t slight that one either.

01-22-2010, 10:47 PM
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Welding Secrets 2nd edition
by: Hal Wilson
copyright 1990
Flyco Machine co.
You can get it here, if you want old school and just to say you have it!:D

This 60 pager should rightly be called a welding shop tip book, as more than half are dealing with other shop stuff. The other thing this I believe, was originally conceived and done in the 40's 50's or 60's
and reprinted in the 90's.

There is a lot to be learn't from the 40s...60s area regarding welding, I have a copy of this book , my main criticism that it does not contain enough welding tips, does get away from the subject, and is expensive for 60 pages.

01-25-2010, 06:52 AM
How to Make Mobiles
John Lynch
The Viking Press
LCCCN 53-7528
This is the paperback version of Mr. Lynch’s stand alone Mobiles book. That the section, in his sculpture book was taken from. The hardcover and this one are on the used book sales circuit. But as with a lot of the older books some of the prices are inflated beyond reason.

As this is an expand version of the chapters in his Metal Sculpture book, that I already reviewed. He did this one originally, before the later the subject matter is expanded. Along with that there are a lot more line drawings to go with the explanations. Larger and clearer B&W photo’s of examples of parts and completed mobiles, along with some charts to give layout ideas.


What is a Mobile?
Material and Tools
An Easy Mobile for the Beginner to Make
Variations on a Theme
A Cardboard Mobile of Seven Pieces
Metal Mobiles section is composed of the following
A Simple Six-piece design
An Eleven-piece design
A Ten-piece design
Eleven-piece design # 2
Eleven-piece design # 3
An Eighteen-piece Metal Mobile
Finishes and Color Schemes
Mobiles with Glass and Other Materials
Ideas for Creating Mobiles of your Own

Even with the fact that today the use of color on art is sometimes taken for granted. He makes a good case for doing minimalist number of colors. As Calder and other have done in the past for a striking looking piece. Also they have some good photo’s of the often dismissed stabiles, mobiles hanging from a stationary base rather then overhead.

This one should be a good candidate for a Dover reprint book.

01-29-2010, 07:01 AM
Since there has been some discussion on the welding of beer/soda/pop cans on this forum. This one might be fun, it is strictly tab and slot/glue assembly. but a TIG welded on would be a lot better than the tops of two can rims welded together.:D MY skills are no where near what they would need to be,TIG welding.

Scale Models From Soda Cans
Joe Baker
Can-Du Publications
Well this was hard to get for a while as they let the domain main expire. It is a fun exercise when you can’t do full sized metal bending.
As it can be done on a small table or drafting type lap board watching the tube if so desired.
A word about the material, if you haven’t tried cutting an aluminum drink can. It can be a test of nerves, as the way they are made for minimum material use and maximum stacking strength.

I prefer, flashing stock, both aluminum and the PVC material. Brass and SS shim stock will also work. Plus you aren’t bound by the size panels limitations of drink cans.
The book consists of:
Tell Me About this
The Can
The Tools
Sample Model Project

The two biggest things that come out of the book is the use of those EMT trauma style scissors in “skinning” the can as he says. And the use of paper/card models for patterns on top of the metal. Use of a guillotine type paper cuter also makes long square cuts easier.
I like to scan the pattern of what ever it is. In to the computer and then print it out on the full sheet label paper then cut them out and attach to the metal.

Some sources for paper/card models are:
http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/ Great site and great people

http://papertoys.us/ The kids loved this program, and so did I http://mikeandlace.wordpress.com/ Another one on the program

http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/ http://papermodels.net/

http://www.sr-fraude.com/ http://www.3dpapermodel.com.tw/

Well you get the idea there are a whole lot of sites out there (google is your friend) dedicated to paper models that can be used for patterns or ideas. I have a first edition of the book I don’t know if there have been chances in it or not.

02-19-2010, 02:46 PM
Metallic Finishes Etc.
The Home Decorating Institute
Cy DeCosse Inc
Creative touches series
ISBN 0-86573-875
This one is for the mixed media items mostly that one might consider to carry out a patina or oxide finishing theme. Yes it can be done on metals if all the correct surface preparation procedure is followed to give tooth to the surface for the coating of your chose to hold to.

It helps with other types of finishes and to achieve them. If one is knowledgeable about the assorted tools, whether they are brushes, the type, shape or what the bristles are made of. Masking materials the new low tack easy release tapes in the blue or green flavors. Or any of the other items.
An area that some metal artists don’t consider when putting their work up for photo’s even if on there own site is the background area. A couple pieces of thicker dry wall and some framing to hold them up. You can paint and decorative it, and then change it to suit the theme or style or era of the work.

The faux metallic finishes can be a quick and easy addition to give the photo’s punch! Whether it is small jewelry, table top sculptures, wall hangings or free standing indoor work.

This book is divided into three sections. The first of course is getting started, which is divided into Primers & Finish, Tools & Supplies, Prepping the Surface and Paints. Latex, Acrylic craft paint and rattle can oil based are covered. Not a lot of info, some general stuff.
It then moves on to the Painted Metallic Finishes. Faux Verdigris, Faux Rust, Antiqued Metallic Finishes, Scumbled Wall Designs and Metallic Marbleizing. The last item has some possibilities of adding some interesting highlights and color to patina of an oxide nature.
Finally ending with the Gilded finishes, Metal-leaf finishes, and what they call Gold-Leaf (Brass patent leaf) correct term is patent leaf. As only real gold leaf, is called gold leaf.
Gilded Designs and ideas on using Masking tape and cutting designs. About the only thing that has changed is the wider use of the clear slow drying acrylic white type glue instead of shellac. It has made gilding so much easier that it is now sold in most craft stores.

Filled with color photo’s and very short easy to do step by step’s. you can even do a great look textured Faux rust painted patina for those fussy people that want the look with out the rust. Check out your local home store’s book selection, as they generally have a good assortment. It helps sell paint!

02-20-2010, 07:28 AM
Stone Finishes Etc.
The Home Decorating Institute
Cy DeCosse Inc
ISBN 0-86573-997-8
Creative Touches series
Another one that can add some interesting accent to your work either as a small faux stone base, or a pillar, plinth, or pedestal to hold work for display or show.

Combining the paint and patina’s either natural or chemically enhanced, can add to pieces impact or just the display.

It is divided into 3 sections, Getting Started: Primers & Finishes, Tools for Faux Finishing, Preparing the Surface, Water based Paints & Glazes.

Faux Stone Finishes: Starting with a Granite, then an Unpolished Stone, Tigereye, Malachite and finishing up with a Lapis Finish in the stone and gem area.

Faux marble Finishes: An Onyx, Serpentine, Portoro, (black and gold marble) Norwegian Rose, (white with pink and green patches of color with green/gray veining) and the ending with a Travertine marble.

Each section is complete with materials list, full color step by step photo’s on how to do the finish. Use of the water based glazes, and all the tools to accomplish the veining and the subtle shades and hues and colors. With a number of clear coats over it you will have an outstanding display piece for your art work.

Again this and others along this line, are sold in the book section of your big box home builders stores. They do help sell the painting supplies, most of the larger stores will have all most everything in the tool line you will need.

02-21-2010, 08:15 AM
Painted Illusions
The Home Decorating Institute
Cowles Creative Publishing
ISBN 0-86573-402-x
Creative Touches series
This one is a combination of the last two books, the metallic and stone finishes, with a wood grain finishes and Trompe l’Oeil effects added.

It does cover the water based paint and glazes that are used for this now that it has moved in to the arts& crafts area from the professional. Also Primers and Finishes, Preparing the surface, Tools for Faux finishing, A Glossary of Techniques.

The added section on Wood Grain Finishes, includes basic Wood-graining techniques, and then goes into Oak, Zebrawood, Mahogany, Satinwood, Maple, Bird’s Eye Maple, Tiger Maple, and a Burled Wood finish. They have also added Bone and Horn finishes for a little variety.

In the Marble and Stone finishes section, they have the listed stones in the previous book on the subject, but have added grout lines. As faux tile whether on walls or canvas floor covering or even the floor had become a hot decorating fashion at the time.

In the Metallic Finishes section, they show an Antiqued Metallic finish on painted surfaces, Metal-leaf finishes and Metallic Composite Stenciling. It covers a rusted finish, copper, brass, bronze verdigris finish.

As a side note, for those that may not know. The crafts paint industry has come up with some interesting coatings. They have a product that is called instant rust, an acrylic base antiquing solution that generates rust which can be controlled by the heaviness and number of applications. Again this may be something for the mixed materials pieces that can’t rust on their own.

And Finally, it covers Trompe l’Oeil effects. Hand painted Trompe l’Oeil , and the Trompe l’Oeil Stenciling. Some of the really good artists are able to create a visual and feeling of space with the techniques, so much so people have walked in to flat walls and tried to open painted doors. It is used in a lot of Mediterranean restaurants, to give the feel of looking out over the village or seascapes. It will give the person enough information to give a effect of something akin to the real thing.

Again this is one of those that it or something like it can be found at your big box home center.

02-27-2010, 02:07 PM
Recipes for Surfaces
Decorative paint finishes made simple
Mindy Drucker & Pierre Finkelstein
Fireside, Simon & Schuster
Copyright © 1993
ISBN 0-671-68249-0
Trade paperback


This is a more complete course of decorative finishes, then the other three books, I have reviewed recently. It is divided into two sections, the first being general information of color.

Which when doing decorative finishing can make or break the effect you are trying to achieve. Might be more than some want to know. Chapter 1

Paints and the Tools, which is also good for patinas and paint effects for bases, stands, pillar displays or background walls. Or for that special wall in the house to kick your work out as the center of attention. Chapter 2

As with any finishing procedure, the preparation of paint. Chapter 3

Part II are the recipes for the paint and processes for the 40 effects the book covers. Starting with the mixing of the paints and glazes. Chapter 4

Chapter 5 Sponging, single to multiple colors
Chapter 6 Cloth Distressing, the effects that can be achieved with a rolled up rag or cheesecloth.
Chapter 7 Stippling, from one color to three and fade-away.
Chapter 8 Color Washing, sponge and brush to fade-away.
Chapter 9 Spattering, spatter on, spatter off, spattering over sponging in five colors and a stone-block effect.
Chapter 10 Dragging, with steel wool, a hard bristle brush and combing effects.
Chapter 11 Stenciling, making your own and work with them.
Chapter 12 Marbling, assorted colors, application on a column and doing a floor.
Chapter 13 Wood graining, Pine, Oak, Mahogany and Burl.

And finishes up with Bibliography, Sources(US) and index. In the assorted topics they have boxes with the recipe of how difficult it is number of paint cans one can is easy, etc.
To the supplies and tools along with the paint needed and if you will require help or a second person.

Whether it is for a plinth, column or stand to display your work on. Or a decorative effect for home or display room at the studio. This book has you covered. It was still on sale a year ago at the big box home stores in the book section up front.

07-16-2010, 01:42 PM
Bronze Casting Manual
Oliver O Duhamel

How to cast a small bronze sculpture. A detail tutorial for artist, sculptors and hobbyist.
Self published, print on demand/downloadable book
© copyright 2010
ISBN 9781451584752
Trade paperback
114 pages

I have to say that in addition to the content/subject of this book, the fact that it was a print on demand book from Amazon. Caused me to order it. This is the new direction that people are taking in getting their work out there with a minimum investment of money.

The quality of the book along with the color photo’s is very good. Matter a fact it is better than I was expecting. Plus on the last page it is dated the day that it was printed. Which was interesting.

After watching his video on casting some small bronzes, on U tube, the conversion of and successful application of a minimal furnace kiln structure as they do in the pottery field.

And the fast easy home made low cost crucibles, along with some of the other aspects of his and his mentors techniques for the waxes models, the thin shell ceramic molds. The simplified, melting, casting, and other procedures.

Made it a must read book!

I can safely say that by following the information in this book, not only is it low cost, but puts the casting of parts for model engines, shop projects, art projects with in the reach of everybody young or old.

From the use of the weed burner torch as a heat source, the koawool (ceramic fiber blanket) furnace shell. To the heavy duty BBQ tongs, welding gloves, face shield.

It is one of the best books on the subject and will I’m sure to be come the foundation standard of small time casting in the future.

It covers every part of the process starting with the bronze casting itself. Tools, materials and equipment, moving on to aA Project overview and then to Process overview.

Before starting gives some tips and into before you jump into the project. Then moving on to the wax sculpting, taking a lot of the mumbo jumbo out of it and giving tips, short cuts and the reasons for doing things this way.

He doesn’t just tell you, he tells you his thinking behind doing it this way.
A big problem area in the wax model making is sprueing, He goes over the why’s and wherefores of doing it correctly. And the reasons of doing either the top or bottom feed system.

Carrying on with making a Wax crucible, Constructing the wax shell, Dewaxing, Reinforcing the shell.

Constructing the furnace will change the way people think about small scale metal melting. With a furnace that can be rolled up and stored till the next time it is needed.

Baking the shell, melting the metal, and pouring the piece.
Chasing and fettling the finished piece and patination of the item, if art work.

Then he moves on to the more advanced multiple pieces at one time, larger pieces, Hollow castings, steel handles for larger shells. To advance feeding system designs.

Another great part of the book is his Appendices They are for the world in addition to being divide by subject/materials they are divide by country listing and the type of materials, along with websites.

Appendix A There is an index of tools and materials**** B Check List
C Art Foundries *****D Foundry supply *****Workshops and Courses *****F other resources

It may be light on the tech stuff, but it is heavy on the particle doing of a casting.
His web site (http://www.bodyscape.net.nz/)

His U tube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMB1WSlyhJI&feature=fvw)


It has been brought to my attention, by an email about the dangers of heating kaowool with direct contact of flame.

I did some further checking on the email statement, other than the standard warnings about respiratory problems and the use of masks and other safety gear when using a product that started life as a silica material.

LINK Here is the link to Thermal Ceramics MSDS for Koawool products. (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CBcQhgIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.furnaceindustries.com%2FImage s%2Fmsds-kaowool-blanket.pdf&ei=hKBBTNLROMH78Ab2y_0V&usg=AFQjCNGRMXjSQT0hxrY-dmztOBBBnu7IBg) LINK
Blankets,batts, bulk and folded materials.

Don't know if this is the section he was referring too,

In service this material may see conditions, temperatures greater than 1100'C for extended periods of time, to partially transform the silica present to a complex(disordered) crystalline phase form. If this occurs the precautions associated with the em-brittled fiber material should be followed.
You can read the testing results on rats and in vitro with high doses.

The standard disclaimers about the hazards of dust and the use of personnel safety equipment
Should apply to this type of materials.

09-08-2010, 06:43 AM
DVD Patina Basics
Subtitled Safe color solutions for metalsmiths
Patina Basics
Safe color Solutions for Metalsmiths
Tim McCreight
copyright © 2010
Brynmorgen Press
Run time 80 minutes
http://www.brynmorgen .com


Let me say right out and up front that I'm a big fan of Tim's books and dvd's. He has some of the best books on the subjects of metalsmithing. That said this DVD is going to be another cornerstone in metalsmithing. Whether you are into jewelry, small sculpture, large sculpture or other metal folding, shaping work that requires patina's. Or just if you are interested in patina's or patination of your work. This is a great beginners,basic teaching aid.

It is just what it says on the title and sub title. This uses readily available kitchen chemicals, and household products. He does digress into a few store bought liquid solutions such as gun blue and Jax brand green patina liquid.

What is great about the DVD are the high production standards, as far as sound, and picture quality are. You can see everything, hear everything and there are plenty of closeups of the finished patinas. Along with the formulas of the patina mixes on screen.

Divided into chapters from what equipment you need, safety and the basic use of the materials. To the assorted patina's he covers along with cold, hot, brush, spray, fume and buried application. To wax and other sealers and protectors (Rattle can type)

It is in his laid back, relaxed style he covers some things that could be called patination outside the box. When he is talking about the use of resists, and coffee grounds in a buried patina.

There are printable pages of instructions (PDF) format along with the video content.

Make no mistake this isn't a chemistry course, or a course in using the more exotic chemicals to create repeatable patina's on hundreds of duplicate pieces. It is a basic, small scale patina's that can be scaled up for larger work. Using safe (which is a realitive term when talking about vinegar, table salt, ammonia and copper sulphate) solutions found around the home.

If you are unsure about some of the other materials for patina's for silver,brass, copper, and bronze. With a little practice and experimentation. I think you will be happy with this DVD and the results.

You can get it through amazon or the link on the publishers site

10-16-2010, 12:28 PM
Health Hazards Manual for Artist
Michael McCann Ph.D CIH
4th edition
ISBN 1-55821-306-6
Lyons & Burford Publishers
Copyright ©1994
Paperback, 132 pages
Line drawings

Just to add something to keep the emails and PM's down. If you are still breathing and you do anything around the house or in other working setting including office work you are exposed to more things that are bad for you! A little common sense can go a long way. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not!

With the constant ever changing research being done into the health effects of the materials around us, both in and out of the shop. Due to the sort and long term effects on our bodies.

It is becoming a must for the artist/fabricator/Shop person to stay on top of it. This book sort of fell into my hands when I was carrying a box of books I purchased. After reading some of it. This should become mandatory reading .

All these years Turpentine has been label as safe, how many of us didn’t give a second thought about using it to wash or body parts off after an oil paint session. Having been in sign painting back in the day when One Shot lead based paint was the weapon of choice. As the lead was the reason for the great coverage, in the beginning of the hazard awaking the MEK’s Methyl Ethyl Ketone and its cousins were the ones that we were warned against.

Not that they can’t cause problems, but now the threshold limit valves for exposure for MEK is 200ppm (parts per million) compared to Turpentine 20ppm

The Relative Toxicity Rating for MEK is skin contact MODERATE, inhalation: MODERATE, ingestion MODERATE.

The Relative Toxicity Rating for TURPENTINE is skin contact: HIGH, inhalation: HIGH, ingestion: HIGH.

Who would have thought that! What was also interesting is that ACETONE TLV 500ppm skin and inhalation: both SLIGHT, ingestion: Moderate.

The book is divided into three sections: Part One is: How Art Material Affect You. This covers the Basic problem, Risk factors, Effects on the bodies systems, Solvents and aerosol sprays and Acids and alkalis.

The second part is: Hazards of various media With any number of them that are of interest to the metal worker, home shop person. From painting, stone, clay, and wax, wood, plastics welding metal working, jewelry, enameling stained glass, glassblowing to children and art materials.

The third part is: Safety in the Studio, covering Materials, Safer materials Processes, Ventilation, Storage Handling, Housekeeping, Fire prevention and the Personal protective equipment and how to get help. What you need to tell the doctors if you are having problems. And they can’t find a cause, since most doctors aren’t use to treating material related illnesses. It is a good Idea for you to keep your own MSDS of what you use so if you are not able to communicate your family can provide info.

There are newer editions out of this book. So when looking for a used copy get latest you can.

10-16-2010, 03:11 PM
Don't let the title fool you as the materials are the same used in every shop!
Artist Beware
Michael McCann PhD CIH
The Lyons Press
Copyright © 2005
ISBN 1-59228-592-9
Trade paperback
591 pages
B&W photo’s line drawings and information sheets
This is his expanded version of his previous book which could be called Artist Beware Lite ! This one too has had a number of editions. And is currently being used as higher education text book. For artists and art teachers, as we are more ever moving to a more litigious society.

This is divided into two parts: The first is Chemical and Physical Hazards, basically the first chapters discuss what and how the materials you use can hurt you and what bodily systems they affect and how.

After the basics it is again split into Gases and Liquids section and then Dusts and Fumes. It is set up with the most important information only. Which covers TOXICITY RATINGS, with the further explanations of the dosage, oral skin and inhalation. ACCIH(American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists) EXPOSURE LIMITS, (threshold limit values), NIOSH exposure limits STL (Short Term Exposure Limits), OSHA exposure PEL’S(Permissible Exposure Limits)

Since as with most things that would cost industry money, there is still some controversy about the role that industry played in setting them. So all three are included if the last two are lower than the TLV.

One interesting thing you may want to consider if you are in an art studio work place. Don’t call OHSA as it doesn’t do studio’s or art work places. And since the industrial limits are higher than for studio’s they may just give the work place no violations! Which means they then could state that OHSA has given them a clean bill of health.

Given are the chemical names, common names if so are used, flash point, Specific hazards along with general hazards and general uses for the class of material. If there is need for further detailed explanation it is also given.

The next 5 chapters deal with Safety in the work place or studio. general safety, ventilation lots of great info most don’t know or things that we don’t consider. Using flammable and toxic art material safety.

And the personal protective equipment, and some of it will surprise you as it has to do with things that aren’t really discussed much. Noise in the studio/shop two examples are hammering on metal @120 decibels, and portable grinding 110 decibels.
Another item that isn’t talked about much is, Infrared Radiation emitted by heated objects. Whether somebody is at forge side glass blowing or hot work kilns, foundry. It has been known as potters cataracts, or any other names down through the years.

Head gear for bump injuries, proper clothing, the proper shoes and then if you use ear plugs and do welding or anything were sparks are generated they should non flammable as not to cause more damage to the ear.

It also Goes into ergonomics, tool and machine safety then finishing up with the physical hazards. And finishing up with in case of illness or injury who do you call. As most regular GP’s will not have a clue about what to do or which test to call for. Things most of us have never given thought to or about.

The second part again covers the: Assorted art and Craft Techniques from painting, drawing, sculpture, wood, metal, smithing, glass, enameling and jewelry among others and finishing out with children and art materials.

Each craft is then listed out as to hazards and then precautions, and if need be broken down further to separate subject matter in the craft.

It has a great Bibliography and good index. Again check for the latest edition, as the information changes as new research comes to light.

10-18-2010, 10:23 AM
The Artist’s complete Health and Safety Guide
Monona Rossol
Allworth Press
Copyright ©2001
ISBN 1-58115-204-3
Trade paperback
405 pages
Charts, Tables and few Line Drawings


This one is by the God Mother of arts, crafts and theater safety, she was ACTS founder. It is to bad that due to funding and grants cuts due to the economy the website has been shut down. As it was a great resource for any one in any of the areas it covered.

The book is sectioned into 4 main headings: Part I The Regulated Art World
Chapter 1 ; Health and Safety Laws
Chapter 2 ; Health Hazards and the Body
Chapter 3 ; Chemical Health Hazards and their Control
Chapter 4 ; Physical Hazards and their Control
Chapter 5 ; Identifying Hazardous Materials
Chapter 6 ; General Precautions
Chapter 7 ; Ventilation
Chapter 8 ; Respiratory Protection

They are mostly self descriptive as titles all but the most important one Chapter 5 As there are a lot of things and phrases and buzz words that manufactures put on labels to confuse or obfuscate the public or consumer.

Just because it is a natural product doesn’t mean it is safe after all asbestos, silica and dioxins are natural products. Also the phrases that are used

USE WITH ADEQUATE VENTILATION doesn’t mean use with a window or door open. It means that some toxic component becomes airborne during the products use. Ventilation required must be sufficient to keep the airborne substance below levels that are acceptable for industrial air quality.

This last one in the US and Canada is a great example the test last 2 weeks and if half the animals are alive after it. So following the above standards Powdered asbestos could be labeled nontoxic on the basis of this test. As all the animals will appear healthy after the two week tests, because cancer and asbestosis takes years to develop.

CITRUS OIL used in all manner of cleaners including had cleaners is made from citrus rinds. It contains D-LIMONENE which is natures pesticide, It kills flies so efficiently that it is registered with the EPA as an active ingredient in commercial pesticides. Add that to the fact that the citrus oil is contaminated with other pesticides from commercial fruit production

The American Industrial Hygiene Association set workplace standards for d-limonene that is more restrictive then that for turpentine, toluene and most other common solvents!

The chapter on ventilation and respiratory protection are filled with things you mom and employers never told you about the fine print in the descriptions of the two subjects.

Part II: Artist’s Raw Materials
Chapter 9: Solvents
Chapter 10: Pigments and Dyes
Chapter 11: Metals and Metal Compounds
Chapter 12: Minerals
Chapter 13: Plastics and Adhesives

Covers the basics on the above headings and general information. In chapter 11 for metals, it covers alloys, skin contact, corrosion products, dusts and powders, fumes, inhalation of metal particles, metal containing gases, metal compounds, other compounds. Exposure standards, toxicology of metals and compounds Threshold limit values and more in depth coverage of skin, nervous system, respiratory system, and reproductive effects.

It has a table that covers local and systemic hazards on the materials, and the TLV weighted for exposure for 8 hour day. Also list common chemical mixes and alloys that can have an effect.

PART III: Precautions for individual Media

Chapters 14 through 29 are paper making, glass, metal surface treatments, painting, welding, woodworking casting and smithing are just a few of them listed. Now they cover other hazards also, noise, radiation from light both UV and infrared, and bodily injury.

A lot of things people in the studio and shop sometimes take for granted. Or the always I’m only doing it for a minute, OUCH! Hey call 911!

PART: IV The Next Generation

Chapter : 30 Teaching Art
Chapter : 31 Reproductive Risks

Most will not be teaching in the general sense, but enough have younger kids, or grand kids that they enjoy showing and getting involved in shop/studio work. If you are he man or women and still consider yourself bullet proof. At least take a moment and think of the youngins!

It finishes up with sources, government agencies, standard organizations, commercial sources and reference list, a glossary and index.
If you are only going to get one book as a shop/studio source then I will say that this one has it all. It truly lives up to its name.

10-19-2010, 06:19 PM
Grandpa was often noted as saying that "when you stop learning, it is a sad day for you". I've always followed that. Here I am 35+ welding years later and thinking outside the box (twilight zone). I want to gather more information. I can read the bible a dozen times and find new things each time. I enjoy reading as that is what puts me to sleep at night.
I would like to get a few new books with relatively up to date information on MIG, TIG and stick welding and of course plasma cutting. I have all processes and use each, but as stated I can always learn more. What book titles do you folks get the most useful information from? Bear in mind that I really don't need the very fundamentals or every other page safety warnings, been there done that, have the battle scars to prove it. I perfer bound paper books over CD rom so I can lay in bed at night and read a page or chapter at will.
I have Finch's Performance Welding book that I've gleaned some useful stuff from over the years. It looks like a Sears catalog in an outhouse these days.

If interested in the nondestructive testing part of the industry, get some books on PT Dye Penetrant Testing, MT Magnetic Particle Tesing, UT Ultrasonic Testing.............that will put you to sleep!


12-02-2010, 10:05 AM
Virtual Books Of interest for the metal artist/worker. This compendium of condensed versions of these books published before 1923. Is a great resource, even if it is a thinly disguised advertisement for the print on demand and reprint publishers.

Most of the members will be interested in the titles under the craft heading (http://chestofbooks.com/crafts/index.html)

There are A lot of other titles and headings in the Chest of books site. The nice thing is you maybe able to find the books listed on the google books site. I have only checked a couple of the titles, and have found about half of the ones I search for. That have the completed copies scanned in and available in PDF.

Here is one google book listed. (http://www.google.com/search?tbs=bks%3A1&tbo=1&q=Welding+And+Cutting+Metals+By+Aid+Of+Gases+Or+El ectricity&btnG=Search+Books)

Here is the search page for google search (http://books.google.com/)

And for the Firefox browser users, you can can an add on app that lives in the search bar drop down menu.

You get it from the Firefox add-on site

Machine shop information along with a host of the old knowledge. Which the usual safety disclaimers should apply.

Chasing&Repoussé is covered in a number, Along with a lot of the forgotten formula's.
For those that may not know "Receipts" was used as the word to describe recipes. In addition to the shop work and white,red and other smith work covered.

There are a number of the boy's make toys and items books along with one for girls. Covering all the things that were of interest to a youngster at both sides of the 1900 mark.
Simple steam engines and electrics along with some Railroad items.

Will be great for the winters days and nights readings, which appears to have hit earlier both across the pond and in sections of the US and Canada.

12-08-2010, 09:49 AM
Pewter Studio
Contemporary Projects and Techniques
Lisa Slovis Mandel
Lark Books
ISBN 978-1-60059-191-4
Copyright © 2010
127 pages
color photos and drawn templates

First I will get the good things out before the drawbacks to the book. It has large well done color photos. She does stress the cross contamination of other metals by pewter, and the need for great house keeping. Along with the need for some separate tools and materials, that are used only for the pewter.

It is only seven chapters, which include project step by step. In each project there is a nice touch of a list of material,( only giving the metals gauge and not the size or amount ). Tools you will need along with which kit you need( which are the soldering station or fusing kit, which you put together ). One nice touch is the page numbers after a procedure, in case you aren't familiar with it.

It does have a large gallery of work, by other artists, to bad it is spread out as filler in between chapters.

Now for the drawbacks, It is not for beginners in either pewter, nor metal work. It is as a lot of the Lark books have become. Lots of white space on each page, whether it is the text or photos. Cuts down on content need to fill a book.

Each chapter, has its on complete page with a too small photo of the subject, along with the Chapter number, chapter subject and a short descriptive paragraph about the chapter, along with a large expanse of wallpaper as a design element! That is seven pages of no information.

The first three chapters are: What is Pewter? Tools and materials. Basic techniques. The first one does cover the material well. As most don't what or need an in depth discussion.

The tools and materials, chapter is lacking in a lot. The safety section does give a basic alert and warning. My biggest problem is the total lack of thought that went into the page on the torch. Other than mentioning a B-sized tank that acetylene comes in. There is nothing dealing with what type torch it is. (air/acetylene torch). Nothing about safe handling of the cylinder, mounting or use. Let alone the possibility of using other fueled type torches. She discuses the setting of a pressure on a dual gauge regulator, then mentions that you can use a single gauge (which should be dual or single stage regulators). As most torch set ups or kits are sold with a single stage that doesn't show the pressure going to the torch tip.

The tools section has a very basic, description about the tools she is describing, But the saving grace is good photos of the items.

The finishing section is 3 columns,( keep in mind the pages are two columns wide ) it also has one photo. It covers textured, high-polish, blackened,waxing and etching. Which includes the safety and disposal warnings about Nitric acid. Plus for blacking she suggests “Consider a manufactured patina instead. These go on a little more evenly, and they work best with warm water. They store better than liver of sulfur”

The above gives a good indication of how the whole, book is done. The one bright spot in this area of the book, is the Section of the chapter on [ Adding Lips and Rims ]. For those that may find that a little bit intimidating.

The final four chapters: Forming with Hand Tools, Forming with a Hydraulic Press, More Forming Methods, and Casting. Each chapter is made up of the techniques described, and a project for the procedures.

Each project consists of another complete page dedicated to larger photo of the subject ( which is a good thing ). But then a short descriptive line, and the name of the subject. Along with a border color, the second page give over one complete column(or ½ page to the tools, materials, techniques list whether it needs the room or not.

This book should have been titled Pewter Studio Lite, as that is what it is! If you do have some interest in working pewter or would like some ideas for starting points for the contemporary objects. You may find of interest.

hamiltonbook.com (http://www.hamiltonbook.com/hamiltonbook.storefront) has it at a reduce cover price Or you can look for a used copy, or keep a look out till it hits the remainder sellers sites and catalog.

There are a number of other books on pewter and general metal work that are better money spent! To be honest you will better information on working pewter, on this forum as we have some very skilled people that have and doing work in it.

12-09-2010, 08:51 AM
Pewter Plus
Sandy Griffiths
David & Charles Book
Copyright ©2007
Trade paperback
ISBN 0-7153-2797-6
126 pages/color photos/drawings



This is another of those written and published in a foreign country (South Africa) and then republished in another (UK) And then made it's way to our shores through the publishers importer.

It does cover more of the craft end of metal foil and thin gauge work with pewter and using the leafing foils as accent touches. Since most on this forum are talented in more than one area. Or like to combined materials on occasion. Or even for the gifts, for those that really wouldn't like another widget form your shop!

It covers everything from cards and book covers. To vases, light-switch covers, frames, glass objects and roses made from thicker material. Starting with a short introduction, material & tools, design & preparation to basic techniques. It covers the use of beeswax as a filler or backing of the design, it stay stable at most household temperatures. To using a lubrication on the metal tools used in the modeling of the designs in the pewter. One thing that has changed and improved the causal application of Patent Leaf(aluminum/sliver, brass/gold, copper, and pewter) is the development of the acrylic white/dries clear adhesives. For this application, makes using it for low dollar items more cost effective time wise. Rather than the mixing and application of shellac and then the time and testing till it is at the correct tackiness. Since this is a cousin to Chasing & Repoussé, called by a number of different names tooling, modeling and embossing. The arts and crafts companies bring it out every couple of years. Most of the materials are available at the big box craft stores.

Combining glass objects and the accent decorating techniques, along with metal work can give one a different perspective on their work. As in making frames for wall hangings or panels that can add to or enhance the art work.

Glass containers decorated with a modeled pewter applique, the place in a metal work hanging frame or a wire form frame.

The rose project will also work any number of petal type paper/silk flowers that can be taken apart for patterns. It also will work with the thinner gauges of copper, brass, stainless and aluminum sheet or extra heavy foils.

12-09-2010, 02:41 PM
I love books. I went and downloaded the complete Tig manual from the Miller site....in color on watermark paper.

My favorite books reside next to my porcelain god.

I do my best 'reading' there.

12-14-2010, 09:39 AM
Start Sculpting
A step by step Beginner's guide to working in three dimensions
John Plowman
Trade paperback
Copyright ©1995
Edition printed 2004
Quantum Publishing
Eagle Editions
color photos
London 144 pages


I have enjoyed and learned from his other book That I have read. It does cover mixed media, which more seem to be embracing these days. For metal workers he covers only sheet goods and smaller items. He does cover the equipment, materials, and getting started for the 20 projects he covers in the book.

Starting with carving, modeling and then construction of pieces. He covers the human form, mammals, an abstracts will cover the use of tactile sculpture, the use of rough and smooth and surface treatment. Which sometimes is forgotten in the rush to finish and the only important question is what patina or clear coat should I use.

Finishes up with chapters on casting and assemblage, non metallic materials which can come in handy for bases, accent parts or tinted clear plastic materials for sun catchers in the garden. Or just connection pieces between elements of a work.

On the assemblage end of things it give some perspective on building them that can be used no matter what the materials the sculptor choices to work in. Whether it is a wall hanging of fall leaves, made from sheet goods material in your choice of metals. To a free standing Plasma cutouts of a couple of bird shapes in flight that is welded together into flock of birds in startled flight, three dimensionally. Or a wire form style sculpture.

If you are just starting out in the sculpture field, or wanting to branch out expanding your scope. This is one that can help, and it has enough editions that it is in the secondary used book arena at reasonable prices.

12-15-2010, 10:49 AM
Sculpture with a Torch
Minnesota Archive editions
John Rood
University of Minnesota Press
ISBN 978-0816604913
Trade paper back, 108 pages B&W photos nicely done for being reproductions electronically
This edition is a print on demand,from Amazon books
This is a great idea by the U of Minnesota press, of making their previously published and out of print titles back to life with out a lot of copies sitting around in storage waiting to be sold. Being a confirmed “Bookie” This a much better deal than e books, which always reminds me of the old song money for nothing. As you only get electronic image of the book that can disappear in a power surge. Besides this type of subject matter isn't available on the yet. Enough of the opining!

This was done at the time the expansion of metalwork tools and equipment, for use in the sculpture arts was in full bloom. He was one who embraced the equipment and medium of the additive and constructive sculpture. This was a time that gas welding in the form of Oxygen/Acetylene technique was still something that was done at the factory or down at the garage!

He covers it as a technique for the construction of small sketches/models of large architectural pieces or stand alone smaller ones. To adding surface treatments and textures, accents to the work.

The equipment of the time, and has a novel replacement for the flint striker which he dislikes. A candle stub in a tin can for a constant source of flame for lighting the torch.

Gives an overview of welding and brazing with the torch, and some basic instructions. It is by no means an instructional book on welding, but one on the effective and creative use of an industrial process.

He then shows a step-by-step of a small scale steel welded sculpture, He covers steel, aluminum, and bronzes along with using a steel armature and covering it in brazing rod for the bronze cast look. He does mention a very brief explanation of arc welding and it uses. He also touches on finishing and gives a couple of generic formulas for patinas for the bronze/brass work

He then gives an account on how he did a large scale wall hanging piece at the Wisconsin State College, at River Falls called the Falcon. It is done with photo's of both the front side and the back side, plus the installation.

A chapter on using this technique for making sketches of large works to sell them, Plus the added benefit of having model of your finished work, that is if you can get it back from them!

Mr. Rood was a prolific sculptor, in the chapter called Some Possibilities, he displays a wide variety of his work. He then finishes up the book with a chapter of others recent welded sculpture. Again a wide variety of styles and work. It finishes with some General Safety Rules, Bibliography, Index.

The black and white photo's have been cleaned up and adjusted before reprinting, something that is often forgotten in the reprint world.

12-16-2010, 10:20 AM
Elementary Wrought Iron
J.W. Bollinger
Originally published by The Bruce Publishing Co.
Original Copyright©1930,Wireless Press
Reprint by Lindsay Publications
ISBN 1-55918-210-5
Trade paperback , 136 pages

This is an elementary book on smithing, and general decorative metal arts work. Most likely for the junior and high school industrial arts classes. So it is written in clear and concise terms, with very good descriptions of the equipment, tools and materials and procedures.

It is divided into 3 sections, the first Materials and Tools with the anvil and forge as a sub section. It isn't an in depth section or explanations of any of it. Just the basics of the materials used and the main tools.

The next section is headed Operations, which covers 26 operations that are used in the art of decorative metal arts work. Along with being used in general blacksmithing.

It covers building a coal fire for coke, then cutting, tapering, upsetting, flaring, twisting, making bends over an anvil. Shaping an eye, shaping a ring, making bends with a bending fork, Bending with the use of bending forks and bending scrolls over scroll forms.

Moves on to raising, rosettes and leaf ornaments. The use of pipe collars was interesting, as a replacement for making a dished wooden block.

The final two sections of the operation part is drilling, riveting, threading, fastening with clips, (forge) brazing and (forge)welding. Then hardening and tempering tool steel and a short section on finishing.

The project section is the last part of the book filled with clear drawings with squares as reference for the curved pieces, it is divide into Tools, Articles of furniture and Miscellaneous, Andirons and Fireplace accessories, Candlesticks, Lamps and some fill ins small quickie projects (watch charms or key chain charms).

From plain items to items that have rosettes and flourishes, the lamp section covers some basic wiring of the lamps, for the most part it is still the same as then with the possibility of the polarized plugs on the ends.

Nation builder books (http://www.nbbooks.com/)Is one source in addition to Lindsay books (http://www.lindsaybks.com/)*

12-18-2010, 09:09 AM
Hand Forging and Wrought-Iron Ornamental work (1911)
Thomas F. Googerty
Popular Mechanics Co Publishers
copyright ©1911
Reprint copyright ©2005
Lindsay Publications
ISBN 1-55918-336-5
Trade paperback, 196 pages, 122 B&W line drawings
This is an oldie, but it is a real goodie written in a clear style with a lot of drawings that show the procedures or operations or the finished product. What is different about this one is in the introduction he talks about the spirit of decoration, history of ornamental work,Correct principles in the design, the decorative value of the curve and lines, Inspiration of art and nature, and the differences of mere ornament and not decoration.

This is one area that is often forgotten as people either write a fact how to book with little or no thought given to the reasoning behind the way things were done, to achieve the beautiful iron work of the past. Rather than some of what is that and why did they do it of today.

The great ones today spend almost as much time thinking of and designing the concept of the piece. He does cover things other authors take for granted that the person reading the book has a skill set to do the work. One example is the layout of a grille, that has a repeat design on each side of the diagonals.

In the Equipment chapter, the forge, fire, heating, materials used in forging ( this is mostly a historical section now as the assorted steel have replaced almost all wrought iron ). Which he does cover the basic's on steel and tool steel used in the making of tools. And finally hammers and anvil along with a start on the proper way to draw the iron.

Working at the forge covers all of the basic processes used to make items. Upsetting, Ramming, Punching, Bending, solid forgings and shrinking Bands.

Another nice section in this book is the coverage of the assorted types of welding and how they are done is covered in two chapters. Scarf, Lap, T with round iron, T, corner and cross with flat or square stock, jump, butt, rings round and flat, chain, finishing with brazing.

Twisting, Spirals, Bulbs, ***** and Cubes, banding and riveting. Then on to Scroll work , Giving a brief description of how the drawings are made. Methods of shaping and working the scrolls. Grilles and grille work and welded scroll work.

Box forgings, which is the bases for items, along with styles of bases and a couple of methods to make them.

Embossing, Forms in Relief, Leafs and other Ornamental Forms, Rosettes, Bulbs The Acanthus-Leaf design and raised forms and a short description on the proper method of hot oil finishing.

Drawer-pulls, Hinges, Window fasteners, Scalloping, Door-Keeps, Other-keeps, Hinges and some examples. Door plates, Drawings and dimensions, how to make patterns, practical examples.

Finishing up with the more involved items lamps of all kinds and styles. Showing the entire method from construction from drawing the pattern to the final fitting. Various forms are illustrated.

Whether for the beginner, or the practitioner that would like to expand their skill sets .

You can get it from Nation builder books, or Lindsay technical books.

12-19-2010, 04:55 PM
First bookmark is the search string for "acetylene welding":

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=acetylene%20welding%20AND%20media type%3Atexts

I find this one a very good read.


The things once done with a torch are amazing, including repair of castings we'd likely scrap nowadays. The info isn't obsolete, and it's interesting how little the equipment has changed.

12-21-2010, 10:56 AM
Smith's Work, a Hasluck's work handbook series
Paul N Hasluck
Originally published Cassell & Co
original copyright© 1899
Reprinted by Lindsay Publications
copyright ©2005
ISBN 1-55918-339-X
Trade paperback, 156 pgs B&W illustrations and line drawings
This is another one in the excellent series of “work” books that he did at the turn of the century. Covering a lot of the metal working arts when the field was expanding and the need for trained newcomers was great.

It is sort of encyclopedia, book for the tools and equipment of smiths work, along with a couple of interesting sections on working wrought iron and the grain pattern directions for different items. Something that modern steels cause less concern today.
1. Forges and Appliances: Some very nice drawings of a number of different style of forges with the air supply devices, anvils and other items that a smith would find use for. All have a very good description of there uses.
2. Hand Tools: All the common hand tools and some uncommon ones today, all with nice clear line drawings and illustrations. That aid in making the assorted tools, whether it is tongs in all their shapes and sizes. Hammers, swags, fullers both hand and anvil, to cold and hot cutters.
3. Drawing Down and Upsetting: is covered with clear drawings.
4. Welding and Punching: is given a brief description, with the emphasis on the two most important items. Correct heat and cleanliness of the material and fire to do the joining.
5. Conditions of Work; Principles of Formation: The first part is the types of smithy shops that are worked in a one man shop, a two man shop(smith and helper/striker) and a two man shop with a power hammer now, would have been a steam hammer. The second part is the use of the fibrous nature of wrought for the design of crank shafts, tie rods, eyes and lifting hooks.
6. Bending and Ring Making
7. Miscellaneous Examples of Forged work
8. Cranks, Model Work, and Die Forging: Mostly describing the types of tie rods, levers, bolts and cranks that are used on steam engines.
9. Home-made Portable Forges: In the round style or rectangular pan styles along with a bellows type of continuous blower style. Given the interest in home shop made forges for solid fuels. These will give one the basics that you can design a very good functioning forge for your use and style.
10. Manipulating Steel at the Forge: Covers the differences between steel and wrought iron, in there characteristics on material and there workings and forgings along with the drawbacks and benefits of each.

This is a great primer for those with either a passing interest in the craft or for those that want to expand their knowledge base or practical and practicing smithing.

It is available at nation builders books or Lindsay books on line.

03-22-2011, 11:03 AM
Metalworking Trades in Early America
Henry J Kauffman
Copyright ©1995
Astragal Press
ISBN 1-879335-58-1
Trade paperback, 166pages
originally copyright ©1966
Charles E Tuttle Co.
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This is one of many survey's of early American trades, tools and practices that Mr. Kauffman has written on a wide variety of metal smith subjects. Starting from the beginning short after the first ship of
settlers landed.

Filled with lots of illustrations of artifacts form the periods discussed for each trade along with photo copies of journals, day books from the people that where in the business. His network of researchers for being Pre computer days. Is amazing, along with his discussions of the over lap of the trades or the miss information about what the trades did. Whitesmithing is one example, today it generally is thought that it was a silversmith. From the advertising in the newspapers of the time it is clear that it was referring to polished/cleaned up iron and steel work. And he points this out with numerous examples.

The books opens with 3 chapters that set the ground work for the following chapters. The story of the original blast furnace in the country,is the first one. The story of the forge being added too it is the second. And the the third is about the improvements in the casting of iron. That moved our industrial revolution forward.

Of course the blacksmith was next on the scene, helping the others to follow. It is the longest chapter with 30 pages. Photo's of hardware and other things they made, with some discussions on what type of hardware was popular in what sections of the country at that time. (chapter 4)

Chapter 5 deals with the Whitesmith, from one advert this whitesmith made doctor's instruments, trusses, trepanning instruments, tooth drawers, locck making, handles for spinning wheels and spindles. Some combined this with scissor and small knife making etc.

Chapter 6 is the Farrier, at this time separate from blacksmith in most urban locations, in the more rural area's in some adverts he was listed as working for the local blacksmith as at this time the master smith was probably to busy to deal with taking care of the horses needs.

Chapter 7 is the Edge Toolmaker, which for a time before the mass production of tools by machines. Did a brisk business, making shipwright's,carpenters, and axe's, adze's and draw knives.

Chapter 8 is the Cutler, who for a time was making all the Household cutting and eating utensils. Along with swords and edged weapons, folding knifes, Scythe and Sickles, saws all kinds of mill grinders and sharpening or dressing of the same.

Chapter 9 is the Locksmith, who was busy till the mass produced cheap locks came on to the scene, although most seemed to also do other work in the metal working line.

Chapter 10 is the Gunsmith, who depending on his location may or may not of made everything that went into the guns that he produced. There is proof booth in the artifacts and adverts that they might have used more import Firing lock/trigger mechanisms for the cheap rifles, and purchased the barrels from smiths that were better at the barrel making/welding of the barrels.

Chapter 11 is the Nailer, there are three types of people that made nails, a blacksmith that made nails when there was a lull in business, as an adjunct income producer. The blacksmith that hired a man that did nothing but make nails if there was a demand for them. Usually turned out to be a lesser skilled smith, either in smithing or business skills. And then the Farmer/Nailer to help augment the meager farming income, that had a small forge, they would get the nail rod form merchants and return nails. The children of some would make great quantities of nail during the winter.

Chapter 12 is the Wheelwright, because of the iron tires on the wheels and some thing that is often attributed to a blacksmith. The fitting on the Conestoga and other wagons, was separate from the items that blacksmiths might have made in the rural and wild parts of the country. Since the number of the factories along the east side of the country, had people doing certain jobs on all of the wagons they produced, due to the demand.

Chapter 13, is the Tinsmith, this is another often misunderstood trade as at the time he was working in iron sheet and iron coated with tin. Not the tin can material that many thought, as that is a more recent product. Among all kinds of buckets, and measurers, kitchen devices, doughnut, cake and cookie cutters, weather vanes, tin nursing bottles, lanterns, candle scones, oil lamps to containers to hold and store food stuffs. And the infamous pie safes, and bed and foot warmers. Part of the trouble in sorting out what and when tin items were made is that the types, styles and designs varied little from the first to the recent ones. Add to the fact little if any was decorated, or singed and dated.

He finishers up with a very extensive index of the book. He doesn't include copper and brass in this survey since he has done a very exhaustive survey on those subjects.