Metalworking Trades in Early America

Mendham, New Jersey: Astragal Press, 1995. First Astragal Press Printing. Softbound. Blue and illus. wraps, 166 pp, 210 BW illustrations. VG (bookplate from previous owner, otherwise clean.). Item #128468
ISBN: 1879335581

A fascinating and informative survey of the metalworking trades in early America. Each one is covered with its own separate chapter: the blacksmith, whitesmith, edgetool maker, cutler, locksmith, wheelwright, gunsmith, nailer, and tinsmith. Introductory chapters describe and explain the blast furnace, forge, and iron foundry, processes that provided the raw material for the early metal trades. A nice overview, to be sure.

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