The Post-Apocalyptic Blacksmith
  
The Post-Apocalyptic Blacksmith
Published:
4/9/2014
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ISBN:
978-1-46894-596-6
This book is an introduction to blacksmithing with an emphasis on how I envision it to be practiced in the event of an apocalyptic event. It contains references to other works, useful information about junkyard steels, description of techniques used in iron working, charcoal-making, other kinds of metalworking and a chapter on the selection of weapons in addition to other information that might prove useful in the event of a wide-spread disaster scenario.
This is to be a brief introduction to blacksmithing, an art and a science that is so old as to be almost beyond reckoning. I cannot possibly attempt to make a Master Smith out of everyone who reads this article. There are many books written on the subject, and the authors, those learned scholars who wield the hammer beside forge and anvil would be most upset if they found out that I could teach the subject in one article, especially considering that I am only a "shade tree" smith myself. I will also note for the sake of political correctness that in this article I have used the second person gender specific masculine pronoun. This is for convenience only and is not a political statement. While most blacksmiths have been and still are male, there are female smiths these days, many of whom could teach me quite a bit. A female smith in general might lack upper body strength, which is an inconvenience to be sure, but not an outright dis-qualifier. Creativity is much more valuable to a blacksmith than physical prowess... muscle can always be hired, and often cheaply. Creativity cannot be purchased at any price. However, should you, the Reader, wish to brand me a sexist because of my diction in this article... by all means go right ahead! The emphasis for this article (and the subsequent book that may arise from it) will be on post-Apocalyptic smithing operations. That much should have been obvious from the title, but this needs more definition than simply to use the phrase "post-Apocalyptic". This phrase means different things to different people... and to different peoples, for that matter. That said, I will also point out that one does not have to be concerned about any disaster and/or subsequent breakdown of civilization in order to benefit from reading this. Anyone interested in learning how to forge iron in the traditional manner will benefit from reading these words. In the most common sense, post-Apocalyptic means "after the Apocalypse", as in the Apocalypse of John in the Book of Revelations.
Dale Raby has been a shade-tree blacksmith for the past thirty years. He has spent a fair amount of time wearing a military uniform in foreign countries and has made a living as a gun salesman on and off for the past thirty years. He earned a BA in Communication & The Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has had several published photographs and articles. His previous published work include 777 Bon Mots for Gunslingers and Other Real Men, available as an ebook from various online retailers.
 
 


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