Learning the shapes of useful tools and the tricks of creating forged shapes can be a challenge for blacksmiths. This book is a wonderful resource to help blacksmiths learn these skills from a talented German smith. Wasmuth’s book on Schmirler’s work is written in German, French, and English. It is beautifully illustrated with photos and with colored sketches of hammers, punches, and the ironwork created with them. The Smithy’s Craft and Tools provides an excellent window into a traditional German blacksmith’s shop and reveals his tools and work. This book may be hard to find, but is available.
Wasmuth, “Otto Schmirler Werk und Weerkzeug des Kunstschmieds, The Smith’s Craft and Tools,” ca 1981. (Reprinted in 1993) Tubingen, Germany.
I have been blacksmithing for 15 years. At The Farmers' Museum I teach classes, present blacksmithing demonstrations daily, make historically accurate tools and hardware, and research life and work in the 19th century. My past experiences include billboard painter, 15 years teaching American History, management of a small town library, and leadership in several blacksmithing organizations.