Something to read when you’re off the grid

June 21, 2006 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

The Complete Modern Blacksmith The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander G. Weygers is a labor of love written and illustrated beautifully by one guy who was obviously fascinated by detail, frank about his intentions, and delighted by the ability to create something out of nothing. Make tools, like gardening tools, chisels, pliers, hammers, scythes, etc, out of car parts from the dump. A study in ingenuity and commitment of a kind rarely seen these days, worth having (I think) even if you never intend to forge anything, because the attitude is one worth keeping in mind. Serves as a reminder that all those tools at the hardware store really are just machine made for our convenience, not because they wouldn't be available otherwise. Old-style thinking out of the box. Available at Amazon, of course.

A Book of Instructions Along the same lines, the Art of Engraving by James B. Meek is a painstakingly detailed book with incredible drawings that covers everything you ever wanted to know about how to turn metal into your canvas, from basic cuts to gold inlay in steel. Hardcore. Not that this will catch you rabbits or light a fire when the lights go out, mind you. But you'll get to hunt with a really pretty gun.

Entry filed under: Books, DIY.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lloyd Budd  |  November 16, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    I can think of two people that each of these will be great gifts for! Thank you.

  • 2. veltis  |  November 18, 2006 at 8:33 am

    Glad I could help–it’s nice to see that “making stuff” is sneaking its way back into the popular consciousness.


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