Metalworking Trades in Early America: The Blacksmith, Whitesmith, Farrier, Edgetool Maker, Cutler, Locksmith, Gunsmith, Nailer and Tinsmith
By Henry J. Kauffman
A fascinating and informative survey of early metalworking trades. Each is covered in 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. Quoting extensively from contemporary sources, Mr. Kauffman describes not only what was made, but also how it was made. Enhancing the text are more than 200 illustrations, many never before available. Here is the complete story told in straightforward words by an authority who has spent a lifetime working in, teaching, and writing about the early American metalworking trades. A valuable resource for the collector, practitioner, student, or anyone interested in Americana.