Examines the work and world of rural blacksmiths: wheelwrights; lock, gun, and spoon smiths; cutlers, farriers, white smiths and general smiths; edge toolmakers and mechanics. It covers the two hundred year evolution of the smithies' shops and presents a portfolio of products of the general smith and the prices charged. Pennsylvania ironware is described through the materials and methods of handling, form and design elements. Biographies and work of over 40 documented Pennsylvania smiths are included as well as a list of contemporary blacksmiths in the state.
Biographies-Memoirs, Arts-Literature, Artists-Architects-Photographers,