Following is a collection of books on different aspects of blacksmithing that are available for downloading or reading online.
Official US Government Publications
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- Defense Scrap Yard Handbook
- US Navy - Tools and Their Uses
- Blacksmith Practice - EM862 War Department Education Manual, Chapter 18, Blacksmithing Equipment; Forge Fires
- US Navy - Welding and Allied Processes
- DoD Technical Manual - Use and Care of Hand Tools and Measuring Tools
- Basic Blacksmithing - An introduction to toolmaking with locally available materials
by David Harries and Bernhard Heer
- Blacksmith Shop Practice - arrangment and equipment - forging of hooks and chain welding; Machinery's Reference Book 61
- Practical Blacksmithing Illustrated (copyright 1891)
- Forging Manual of Practical Instruction in Hand Forging of Wrought Iron, Machine Steel, and Tool Steel; Drop Forging; and Heat Treatment of Steel, including Annealing, Hardening, and Tempering (copyright 1919)
- Notes for Forge Shop Practice - A Course for High Schools (copyright 1910)
- Decorative Ironwork - some aspects of design and technique
- Farm Blacksmithing (copyright 1901)
- Forge-Practice and Heat Treatment of Steel (copyright 1919)
- Hand Forging and Wrought Iron Ornamental Work (copyright 1911)
- Machinery's Handbook for Machine Shop and Drafting-Room (copyright 1915)
- The Smith's Pocket Companion - containing useful information and tables on iron and steel for the use of Smiths and Steel Workers (copyright 1883)
- Steel Working and Tool Dressing - a manual of practical information for Blacksmiths and all other workers in steel and iron (copyright 1914)
- Text-Book of Advanced Machine Work - prepared for students in technical, manual training, and trade schools, and for the apprentice in the shop (copyright 1915)
- The Complete Practical Machinist: embracing lathe work, vice work, drills and drilling, taps and dies, hardening and tempering, the making and use of tools, tool grinding, marking out work, etc. (copyright 1887)
- Machinery's Reference Series
The Blacksmith's Craft, Ornamental Ironwork, Decorative Ironwork, The Thatcher's Craft, The Blacksmith's Manual Illustrated by Lillico, Catalogue of Drawings: Wrought Ironwork Gates, Catalogue of Drawings For Wrought Ironwork, Catalog of Drawings: Weathervanes
- The Blacksmith's Craft - an introduction to smithing for apprentices and craftsmen
- Blacksmiths Manual Illustrated
- Wrought Ironwork A manual of instruction for craftsman
- Catalog of Drawings - Wrought Ironwork Gates
- Catalog of Drawings for Weathervanes
Gee Mom, look what else I've found!
- Blacksmiths Association of Missouri
I'm always looking for books that have expired copyrights or are in the public domain to add to this list.
If you know of or have any, please email them to me and if I link them I'll give you credit.
"One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don't talk to the animals, they won't talk back to you, then you won't understand, and when you don't understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself." -- Chief Dan George