Books, Videos, and Websites
For new smiths I strongly reccomend that they start with The Backyard Blacksmith by Lorelei Sims. Loreli Sims is clear and concise and a credit to the craft.
Once The Backyard Blacksmith has been consumed move onto the Mark Aspery series. Mark Aspery does a phenomenal job of showing step by step including blacksmithing math.
For Historical Reference texts.
Colonial Wrought Iron, the Sorber Collection (This one has become very very expensive but will probably be reprinted in the next few years)
UMBA Library of DVD-R's
7$ for the first one 5$ thereafter
The quality of these videos vary but at the price of a big mac for 6 hours of video its a phenomenal deal.
Their DVD's do not play in older DVD players but play in almost all computers.
I WANNA BUY A FORGE BURNER!!!
Find your local blacksmithing group.
or if you are in NC
Historical Blacksmithing Suppliers
Viking and Colonial anvils (among other cool stuff)
Fort Vause Outfitters
"History. Study it, learn from it, live it."
I DON'T WANT TO REINVENT THE WHEEL AND STUFF
Stoney Point Forge sells precut metal pieces for everything from bells, angels, roses, and ladles.
Digital Thermal controllers.
K type pyrometer probes
Good source of casting alloys