THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH by Aldren A. Watson

THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In its brief, mad temporal moment before inevitable enshrinement among the remainders, this quite diverting and pleasant little book about the lost art of the blacksmith deserves a perusal, even by those who couldn't bend a bobbypin. A short and blessedly casual history of blacksmithing; an anvil blow-by-blow account of a model performance in eighteenth-century New England (wagon wheels to horses hooves); a survey of tools, practices, community status of the smith are forged tidily, handily, with spirit. Of certain interest to a limited group of craftsmen; nevertheless, appreciators of Americana incidentals, horsemen and amateur regionalists will enjoy it. Serendipity under the spreading chestnut tree.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Crowell