With the help of this unique book, all the fascinating properties of iron and other metals can be creatively explored. 52 color plates and 727 black and white photos and drawings present the ideas and examples visually. After a short history of ironwork, the author discusses the iron working shop, forge and tools, including anvils, vises, hammers, tongs , punches, centrifugal blowers and machine tools. She presents information on building, lighting and maintaining a fire. Forging procedures are explicitly shown: drawing out, flattening, bending, upsetting, twisting, splitting, punching and drafting, hot cutting on a hardy, and joining and finishing techniques.