Googerty shows you the basics of blacksmithing but then takes you into decorative ironwork. Twelve chapters cover introduction, equipment, working at the forge, various forms of welding, twisting, scroll work, box forging, embossing, drawer-pulls and hinges, door plates, iron lamps and more.
This is not about straightening the axle on an early automobile. It's about creating art, attractive items that almost anyone would want, both then and now. You'll learn the basics, but you'll get more ideas than the author has time to jump into like how twisted flat bars can be riveted into an impressive "scroll and twist grill". You'll learn to make braided handles, spirals, raised forms, rosettes, lamps and much more.