|Published in the March 2002 Issue of Anvil Magazine
Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse
Linda Oatman High's beautiful story depicts the loving bond between parent and child, while Ted Lewin's luminescent illustrations capture the glow and flickering shadows of a blacksmith shop in winter.
Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse would make a nice gift for a child.
Linda Oatman High is also the author of Beekeepers, and Barnsavers, also illustrated by Ted Lewin. Her novels include Maizie, Hound Heaven, The Summer of the Great Divide, and A Stone's Throw from Paradise. She lives in Narvon, Pennsylvania.
Illustrator Ted Lewin has illustrated more than 100 books for children. He
resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Betsy, who also illustrates
& SCULPTURAL IRONWORK
Beginning with a short history of ironwork, the author goes on to discuss the ironworking shop, the forge, and the tools, including anvils, vises, hammers, tongs, punches, centrifugal blowers, and machine tools. Here is invaluable information on building, lighting and maintaining a fire, and safety precautions. Basic forging procedures are explicitly shown: drawing out, flattening, bending, upsetting, twisting, splitting, punching and drifting, hot cutting on a hardy, and joining and finishing techniques. Additional working methods are illustrated in each chapter.
Ironworkers can fashion a wide variety of objects by following Dona Meilach's clear directions and step-by-step photographs. There are imposing pieces of sculpture, carved animals, gates, grilles and railings, locks, blades for knives, choppers and scissors, along with ideas for toys, clothes racks, weathervanes, tables, buckles, necklaces and even decorative helmets.
The author, Dona Meilach says, "There is no doubt that blacksmithing, though an ancient craft, is new, vital, and open to infinite exploration in our contemporary art-craft context."