I second this. I've been hammering out blades (and other assorted things) for the last 19 years, and I can't even dream of having the hammer control of a semi accomplished blacksmith.
one of my works for reference (and hopefully to show that I'm not too shabby):
(sorry, somehow the pic ended up coming up a little skewed, and I have no idea how to get it to come up in proper proportions)
As far as user friendly blacksmithing references, there's one by Lorelei Sims called "The Backyard Blacksmith: Traditional Techniques for the Modern Smith" that I particularly like