Blacksmithing Self-teaching Guide

The Artist Blacksmithing Association of North America (ABANA) developed a series of lessons in Controlled hand forging. This is a great resource for learning the various techniques of the blacksmith.

They have now released these lessons in a free 112 page PDF document which combines the lessons they’ve released over the years, with a consist page numbering scheme and a link to the ABANA Hammers Blow magazine issues (which are also available for download).

Well worth snagging a copy for anyone wanting to learn more about sound blacksmithing technique.

The lessons are here:

Towards the bottom of that page is a link ( entitled “CONTROLLED HAND FORGING LESSONS: 1-26”) pointing to the consolidated lesson document.


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