Handbook contains, in a form convenient for everyday use, a
comprehensive digest of the knowledge of Smiths' Work, scattered
over ten thousand columns of Work — the weekly journal it is my
and supplies concise information on the general principles of
the subjects on which it treats.
preparing for publication in book form the mass of relevant
matter contained in the volumes of Work, much had to be arranged
anew, altered, and largely re-written.
these causes the contributions of many are so blended that the
writings of individuals cannot be distinguished for
acknowledgment Readers who may desire additional information
respecting special details of the matters dealt with in this
Handbook, or instruction on kindred subjects, should address a
question to Work, so that it may be answered in the columns of
but fitting that the first chapter of a handbook on the art
of the blacksmith should contain descriptions of the various
appliances necessary to the performance of the work.
principal of these are noticed in this chapter, descriptions
of the hand tools being given in the next chapter;
descriptions of those appliances that require to be
specially made for individual jobs are included in the
explanations of the processes further on.
notices of some of the principal forges will be useful as a
guide to the choice of one. Portable bellows forges, both
rectangular and circular, are made in a great many sizes. One
with a hearth measuring about 25 in. by 18 in. is sufficiently
large for a singlehanded worker, and in it bar iron up to 1 in.
or 1-1/4 in. square may be heated.
heavier work, requiring the aid of a hammer-man, the hearth may
measure 33 in. by 26 in., and range thence up to 39 in. by 30
in. for the largest work. The common forge built of bricks or
stone is suitable for average and occasional heavy work.
P. N. Hasluck