The Country Blacksmith

The Country Blacksmith

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The blacksmith was once crucial to village life, whether commissioned for the humblest repair, the most luxurious ironwork or even the odd anvil marriage. Occupying prime position in the village, the forge attracted custom from miles around and was a hive of industry and social interaction. David L. McDougall here describes the varied work blacksmiths undertook, the tools and techniques they used, and the magical and mystical qualities with which they were associated. If you want to know more about the rise and fall of the country blacksmith - and the recent revival of the craft - this colourfully illustrated book is the ideal introduction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 148 x 208 x 8mm | 160g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 70 col
  • 0747812314
  • 9780747812319
  • 519,844

Table of contents

?The Blacksmith's Trade / At the Smithy / Powerful Magic and Blacksmith Marriages / All in a Day's Work / A Changing Business / Blacksmith Revival / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index
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About David L. Mcdougall

David McDougall is a museum and heritage consultant. His first project was to construct the working blacksmith's forge within the boat dock and the Black Country Museum. At the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester, he oversaw the building of Llanthony Yard forge, fitting it out with equipment from redundant forges throughout Britain's canal system. He owns a former village forge.
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