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by John Fuller Sr.

Written in 1893 by one of the leading practitioners, this book has come to be recognized as the classic work in its field. All aspects of this important craft are covered, from the making of household copper goods and ornaments, to copper piping, three- and four-way expansion joints and double bends, brewery, locomotive, and ship installationsQfrom the simplest, to the most complicated and demanding work. Over 474 illustrations and completely indexed. 352 pages. 6" x 91/4". Soft cover.
Download Art of Coppersmithing: A Practical Treatise on Working Sheet Copper into All Forms epub
ISBN: 1879335379
ISBN13: 978-1879335370
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: John Fuller Sr.
Language: English
Publisher: Astragal Pr (June 1, 1993)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1380 kb
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Rating: 4.6
Votes: 595
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As a technical manual for a 21st century student, don't get your hopes up. Where you or I might reach for any of several torches, Fuller relies on coal fires - but I never imagined how many ways you could build a furnace for, or in, or around a workpiece. I admire these guys (yes, all guys) so much more for the blunt instruments they made such fine work with. Forging, moving metal, hasn't changed since metallurgy hasn't changed, and the student looking for technique might find some novel approaches. Well, not 'novel' exactly, but ready for resurgence.

The second reader that might benefit is the one working large - like a sculpture I once saw, saw, a deep-relief figure maybe a meter by two or a bit more, raised from heavy-gauge copper. Beautiful, but way beyond the dinner-plate sizes most modern authors address. This book divides work loosely into three scales: kitchen-sized, up to ten liter capacity (very roughly); ten to a hundred, for stills, dyeing, and such; and a thousand liters or more, for big industrial applications. I know I left a gap there - that's where steam locomotive and similar works fit in. My own interests lie in the size range you can hold easily in your hands, so the others interest me only academically.

But the third reader - perhaps also one of the other kinds - reads the history of technology. Native copper gave the most primitive metal-workers their start, and metalworkers have advanced every other technology since the start of the Bronze Age. This book reveals some of the trade secrets of the time, and shows how these master artisans developed the craft that enabled industry, transportation, and the advancing days of the Machine Age. The scientists of that era stand out in history; the engineers gave that science a job, but the tradesmen and skilled makers brought the engineering to life. This book gives some idea of how the blue collar men (yes,men) made all of that real.

But, books like this assume the reader knows things that have since been forgotten. For example, what is 'Spanish brown'? It seems to patinate and maybe texture the metal, but I have not yet learned the chemical how and why. The amazing mix of knowledge recovered and knowledge lost keeps me coming back to books like these.

-- wiredweird
As another reviewer has noted, this is not a DIY guide. What it is is a reprint of a late 1800's book on how to make things in copper that were in demand back then. It has a plethora of old ink drawings, including a good number of patterns for things to be made. It also includes arithmatic formulas used for figuring certain proportions, long before the days of pocket calculators or computers.

If you've taken just a bit of sheet metal instruction, say in high school, then this book is useful as a guide and enabler to teach yourself more. But if you're just starting out and want, say, a list of cools and a demonstration of basic skills in the order you should learn them, this is not that book (I'm still looking for that book.)

I bought this as one of 4 other books on metal working to give me a small library as I start to learn coppersmithing as a hobby. It fills a useful niche in that library and I expect that if I get more into coppersmithing I will go back to this book more and more.
I was looking for a practical guide using torches in conjunction with copper fold-forming. This book is more useful for historical reference, but not for what I sought. Well written and thorough for what it offers.
I bought this book because I have been wanting to work with sheet copper. This book seems to focus on practical uses of copper. Creating and repairing pots, pans, teakettles, ect... This book is not only a lesson on how to work copper but it also emphasizes the role of the apprentice or 'boy' as it is mentioned in the book. I find it important to see that one should not expect to jump right into smithing copper. The 'boys' of that time had to pay their dues and rise up through the ranks in order to gain the trust of the teacher. I did find it difficult to find some of the illustrations. Perhaps when this book was revised they removed some of the drawings. This book is the real deal. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the art and history of metalwork.
what a waste of a book. Archaic. Drab. Save your money really. History? Yes. That's it.
Rocky Basilisk
Really does not tell how to do anything.
Shows a lot of what can be done.
Great book on the historical art of coppersmithing
Very informative