Marc Simmons and Frank Turley,
Southwestern Colonial Ironwork
The spanish blacksmithing tradition from Texas to California.
Original hard binding shown, 199 pages, illustrations.
Review by Jim Paw-Paw Wilson (1940 - 2005)
Updated by Jock Dempsey
"Iron is the fourth most abundant metallic element in the composition of the earth."
Thus begins the introduction to a volume that I am glad to have in my own library.
The book is a little dry in some places, but that's typical of history books.
Soft cover edition colorized version of R.H. Kern's depiction of a smithy at Zuñi Pueblo. From Capt. L. Stiegreaves, Report of an Expidetion Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers, 1854. Click for detail.
Types of Spanish anvils, their names and terms.
The section on 18th century locks and keys while not extensive is a good as any larger work. There are detail exploded and close up diagrams and photos of several rare old locks.
Originaly published by the Museum of New Mexico Press the new edition is produced by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, NM.
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