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BOOK REVIEW: Bent Iron Work

Reviewed by: Chuck Hamsa, Reviewers' Consortium, Lafayette, Louisiana

Bent Iron Work (Including elementary art metal work): with Numerous Engravings and Diagrams, edited by Paul N. Hasluck, Lindsay Publications, Inc., P. O. Box 538, Bradley, IL 60915-0538; 1996 (circa 1903); 160 pages paperbound; ISBN Number 1-55918-184-2; Price $9.95.

Thanks to Lindsay Publications, we have a classic title back in print at a nominal price. Early in the twentieth century a number of titles appeared on art metal work, currently called ornamental iron work. But most of them, like this title, had to do with the basics of bending metal to form ornamental works of art as well as functional pieces.

Included in Bent Iron Work... is a general introduction regarding recommended tools and tried and proven methods for working with strip iron to form basic curves. Hasluck includes progressive exercises in bending iron to form both bowl mounts, floral designs and wall mounted and stationary candle sticks. Other exercised covered the creation of lanterns, screens, grilles, and table and floor lamps. A more than adequate index points the reader to the location of a particular item within the book. Bent Iron Work ... should provide the metal worker with a great deal of ideas for the production of a great number of items which were in use prior to the arrival of electricity.

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