If a person is interested in learning more about blacksmithing there are a number of good books that can help them get started. One excellent reference for the amateur is The Backyard Blacksmith , Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith, by Lorelei Sims (Quarry Books, 2006, ISBN 1-59253-251-9). Her book is informative, conversational, and is full of clear diagrams and color photographs. It is an excellent book for the beginning smith.Another excellent book for beginning smiths is A Blacksmithing Primer, A Course In Basic and Intermediate Blacksmithing by Randy McDaniel (Hobar Publications, 2004, ISBN: 0-9662589-1-6). This book is a step-by-step guide to learning technique, and has many computer-drawn sketches and illustrations. It is detailed without being overwhelming.
I would be remiss if I did not add that visitors are always welcome to visit me here at the Farmers’ Museum to see a little blacksmithing. The Field Blacksmith Shop is in operation most days, and also teaches one-on-one blacksmithing classes throughout the summer. More information on our schedule and our class offerings can be found on the workshops page of our website.