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Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

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I just received a copy of Mark Aspery's Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing for my birthday, and my initial reaction is quite positive. It seems to be well illustrated, and clearly explained.

One of the things I really liked was in his introduction: he says that if you're going to be putting this on your reference shelf, the next thing you buy should be an art or design book. I remember reading his articles in the CBA archives on the topic of design, and for some reason it's impressive to see the consistency and thoughtfulness of his message.

I'm really looking forward to getting into it and working through the exercises.

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Sounds like a good book. I'm hoping to get a copy of Anvils in America some day.

I've read the Backyard Blacksmith, the Complete Modern Blacksmith as well as some other metalworking / blacksmithing books from our local library, but as of yet I don't personally own any of them. Would be nice to have them on hand for reference.

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i got to see Mark A. at one of the fall conferences for Northwest Blacksmith association was so inpressed with his fineley detailed way of teaching i bought bolth books and have them with me as i travel . he explanes prosses that no one else does in a way that applys well. his explantion of punching has changed my ironwork for the better .. reccomend this book for serious smiths .

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I have both Marks books.. I think if you where to buy just two books on blacksmithing, his would be top recommendations...

I took a class from Mark, and he singled me out and picked on me (thats my take anyway) Probably the most I ever advanced in a single class and most of what I learned had nothing to do with the subject matter...

Mark as got to be one of the best technical blacksmiths around and is just flat out a great guy to be around...

I should get out Vol 1 and go back through it... I think you'll have a blast and learn bunches..

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