Author(s): Lorelei Sims
The Backyard Blacksmith takes the mystery out of blacksmithing, but not the magic...
There is an increasing interest and revival in the art of blacksmithing as a hobby and art, and both men and women are becoming at-home blacksmiths. Blacksmithing is a simple, rewarding craft anyone can enjoy in their backyard or home workshop -- even beginners can produce useful and beautiful projects on their first try.
The Backyard Blacksmith shows you how blacksmithing can be easy to learn, and a rewarding hobby, with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools, and techniques. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges, and handles, and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments.
Lorelei Sims is an artist and blacksmith who specialises in creating hand-forged functional ironwork. Her public art commissions include the Omaha Botanical Gardens in Nebraska, Lincoln Log State Historic Site in Illinois, and Fordham University in New York. In addition to teaching blacksmithing classes and workshops, Lorelei has been a featured demonstrator for blacksmithing conferences throughout North America.