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What books do you have that are indispensable? Be it Instructional or inspirational, modern or traditional, for beginner or advanced. I've seen a few mentioned in threads here or there, but looking to find new titles that may not come up without knowing what you are looking for.
If you haven´t heard about gutenberg.org, it hosts a large variety of free books that can be read in the browser and by most e-book readers. Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting This book goes far beyond what the tiles suggests, welding, cutting, soldering, hand forging, heat treatment and more. Practical Mechanics for Boys for Boys... well, its from 1914 so don´t get too upset. Metal Shop If you find more interesting books there, please expand the List.
First off, let me say that I am not the blacksmith. My husband started playing around with blacksmith knives out of railroad spikes several months ago and seems to really enjoy it. He has the book The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander Weygers and has learned a good deal from it. My son is pushing him to do more knives/tomahawks ect... and I think he would enjoy "branching" out. Since it is Christmas, I was wanting to order him a book or two, but there are soooo many and I just don't know enough about it to know what to get. I am hoping I can get some advice here. The basics of what I know. He built a forge and uses coal for heat (I'm sorry, I know it's pathetic that I don't know more). I am leaning towards a knife making book or weapon making type book. I know he enjoys doing the railroad spike knives and has even played around with other metals, but these were mainly made as a gift for nieces and nephews and not really for use. I think he would enjoy being able to make a functional knife and other, as my 15 year old would say "cool" weapons. He hasn't gotten around to building his big forge yet, so I don't think he would be ready to do swords yet. Can anyone offer any book advice? Also, he doesn't like to read, so it would really need to keep his attention. Thank you so much for your help.
I am posting this link for all who want to download these great resources. They are free and contain a wealth of information. http://www.hct.ac.uk/Downloads/craftpublications.html