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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lorelei Sims  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1962

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Illinois Connection

Sims lives in Charleston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sims is a blacksmith artist and on of only a handful of female blacksmiths. She is extemely talented in her work. Examples of her works of art can be viewed on her website. Her business is called: ''Five Points Blacksmith Shop'' and is located at 218 State Street in Charleston. Smith has served on the Charleston City Council and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith (Backyard Series)
ISBN: 1592532519

Quarry Books. 2006

The Backyard Blacksmith takes the mystery out of blacksmithing, but not the magic...

There is an increasing interest and revival in the art of blacksmithing as a hobby and art, and both men and women are becoming at-home blacksmiths. Blacksmithing is a simple, rewarding craft anyone can enjoy in their backyard or home workshop -- even beginners can produce useful and beautiful projects on their first try.

The Backyard Blacksmith shows you how blacksmithing can be easy to learn, and a rewarding hobby, with some patience and a working knowledge of metals, basic tools, and techniques. Through instructions and illustrations, readers will learn to make simple tools and useful items, such as nails, hinges, and handles, and also an interesting mix of artful projects, such letter openers, door knockers and botanical ornaments.



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