I'm quite impressed by the outcome. Mike's writing style is simple, clear and straightforward, and the illustrations by his brother are likewise very easy to understand and follow. This slim but surprisingly dense book first addresses safety, setup of a smith including choices of forge types, anvils and tools. It then does a detailed breakdown of various types of hammers, tongs, punches and chisels, shaping tools, and accessories like drills and grinders. Each major tool is accorded a description on how to select and use it, across a panoply of striking, gripping, bending, punching and abrading tools.
He covers buying and scrounging material for different purposes, and finding tools, or items that can be converted into tools, from various sources.