About Blacksmithing Books
The forging of metals is one of mankind’s discoveries that profoundly changed human societies and cultures. By applying compressive forces (pounding) to heated metal, one can force molecules within the metal to realign into a grid-like pattern that follows the shape of the forged item - greatly increasing hardness and strength. Like fire and the wheel before it, forging represents a major shift in human evolution as the creation of stronger and more durable tools, implements, and weapons had both wide ranging, and far reaching effects. Lars Enander (long time smith at Gransfors Bruks in Sweden) and Karl-Gunnar Noren have written an extensive book on all aspects of blacksmithing - it’s techniques and processes, that is used by Gransfors Bruks themselves for their very popular forging courses.