The Country Blacksmith


A new book in the popular Shire Library series, The Country Blacksmith explores how the smith was once crucial to village life, called upon for the humblest repair to the most luxurious ironwork. Occupying prime position in the village, the forge attracted custom from miles around and was a hive of industry and social interaction. David L McDougall, a museum and heritage consultant who owns a former village forge, describes the work smiths undertook, the tools and techniques used and the magical and mystical qualities with which they were associated: there is plenty about farriery and horses, including lots of illustrations.


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