Blacksmithing Basics for the Homestead
by Joe DeLaRonde
Joe DeLaRonde is a master blacksmith. Through detailed but easy-to-understand instructions, illustrations, and photographs, he teaches the basic skills of forging. Here is all the information you need to create artistic yet functional iron hardware and accoutrements for home or ranch, including: o Pokers o Shovels o Tongs o Hooks o Camp Sets o Forks o Spoons/Spatulas o Skewers (Asadas) o Nails o Hinges o Latches o Drawer Pulls o Coat Hooks o Towel Bars o Candleholders o Brooms o Hoes o Crowbars o Awls o Screwdrivers o Chain Links o Chisels o Spud or Pry Bars o Hammers o Adzes o Axes o Knives
DeLaRonde started his blacksmithing career 35 years ago as an apprentice under a master German blacksmith. His works are in use around the globe by military personnel and living history enthusiasts, as well as in private collections and museums in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He continues to work at his shop in Mancos, Colorado, producing some of the finest tomahawks, axes, and knives available on the market today.