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Blacksmith and Wheelwright magazines for sale by ABA

Various issues from 1881 to 1927.
Price -- $35.00 each plus $3.00 S&H

Contact Joe Harris for details and ordering:



"Lives Shaped By Steel: A Celebration of East Coast Outdoor Metal Artists"

Author Nancy Zastrow (editor of Mid Atlantic Smiths quarterly newsletter) traveled from New England to Florida in search of elegant, amusing and/or amazing outdoor metal and the artists who create it. Some of our own West Virginia folks are included: Jerry Allen, Dan Easley, Bob Elliott, Jeff Fetty, Glenn Horr, and Jack Zimmerman all rate a chapter in this book which is beautifully illustrated with color photos of the artists and their work. John Groll and John Steel are two more of the 40 artists who are included. You will learn how they started, where they get their ideas, and the book may spark your own creative process.

240 pg. - over 400 photos - 11 x 8 1/2;
$60 hard cover or $45 soft cover; plus $4 handling charge per book.

Send to: 
SILVER SPRING, MD 20904-3523


Book Review by Bob Morris

I received my copy of Nancy's new book and sat down to thumb through it to see what it was like, thinking that I would take some time later to really read it. I knew that it was supposed to be a coffee table book that you could pick up, read a few pages and put it down until next time. What happened was, I didn’t put it down until I had read every word and studied every picture. From the excellent introduction to the final credits the book was as exciting to me as a good novel would be to others.

Even though I knew most of the smiths featured in the book, Nancy’s presentation of them and the great selections of their work kept me fascinated for hours.

Nancy has selected several prominent smiths living on the East coast from Maine to Florida, introduces them, tells how they got into blacksmithing, relates the type of work their doing and shows examples of their work with an array of excellent photographs. I think this is an excellent and refreshing new book of the life of metalsmithing and think that it should be on the bookshelf of every smith as an example of what we are striving to achieve.

Hmmm. Wonder if there will be a sequel, like maybe: smiths from the Midwest, and then one with smiths of the west coast. Just a thought!


Blacksmith Position at Jeff Fetty Designs, Inc.

Artist-Blacksmith Position Available:  Established artistic metalworking business specializing in high-end custom and production ironwork is seeking apprentice and journeyman blacksmiths.  Only serious, self-motivated, high-energy people need apply.  Send resume and letter of interest to:  Jeff Fetty Designs, Inc.  1041 Lion Fork, Spencer, WV  25276.  Or email  No phone calls please.  Visit us on the web at



Ray Clontz Tire Hammer Plans by Clay Spencer

These plans are for a 50 lb. power hammer that uses the rear axle and hub from a front drive car and emergency spare tire and weighs about 700 lbs. It is powered by a 1 hp, 1750 rpm electric motor, 120 or 240 volts, runs about 250 blows per minute and uses a spring toggle mechanism similar to Little Giant hammers. The anvil is 6" solid round (minimum size) by 36" high and the frame is 5" square tubing. The plans are 40 pages, printed front and back on 20 sheets that include parts list, detail and assembly drawings, sources, notes, installation, adjustments and maintenance. Over 200 hammers have been built using these plans. Price is $30US including postage to US and Canada, $32US to other countries. Send check or money order to Clay Spencer, 73 Penniston Private Drive, Somerville, AL 35670. Tel: (256) 498-1498 or E-mail for info. Also, Clay leads workshops for chapters or groups to build 15 to 20 hammers and has Tire Hammers for sale.

Beverly Shear Blades Sharpened. Remove blades from shear and ship to Clay Spencer, 73 Penniston Private Drive, Somerville, AL 35670. Tel: (256) 498-1498 or E-mail 

$35 plus postage, additional cost for deep notches or blades previously sharpened at angle.

Roller Blade Treadle Hammers (Clay Spencer design) for Sale or Workshops led to build hammers. Bob Alexander, e-mail to, or call 636-586-5350.


C. J. Products Inc.
Attn: Jay Hayes
100 Christmas Place, Weston, WV 26452
(304) 269-6111    email: jay

jay hayes gas forge; rob barnett photo

Everything needed to build Gas Forges; Ceramic Fiber Refractory Blanket & Board by the foot; ITC-100, Super Duty Floor Bricks; Industrial LP Gas Regulators, Hoses, Valves, and Fittings; High Performance Burner Kits, Valve Manifold Kits; Machined Burner Nozzles & Orifices; LP Gas Forge Kits in many styles and sizes to fit your needs and budget including our new Super Wide Oval Forges and Clamshell Forges. Custom sizes available, Technical Support



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