stuarthesmith

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About stuarthesmith

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    Professional Blacksmith
  • Birthday 06/02/1954

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  • Website URL http://www.snakecreekforgellc.com

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Montrose, PA

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  • Location Philadelphia, PA
  • Biography I served a 5 year apprenticeship in a tool forging shop
  • Interests hammering iron, stamp collecting
  • Occupation stamp dealer, forging instructor

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  1. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Old N Rusty, Danny Arnold passes   

    Dan was a great guy with a fantastic sense of humor.  He will be missed sorely by me!
  2. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: New anvil - Columbian?   

    I just picked up what I thought was a Hay Budden, but Lincoln Wolfe, the expert on these things, says I got a 500 lb. Columbian with an ear deafening ring.  The best part was that it was free, because the lady's shed had TERMITES 



  3. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Philadelphia Blacksmiths GUild   

    yep, you get to smash hot iron on the oldest anvil in Pennsylvania
  4. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Philadelphia Blacksmiths GUild   

    We are meeting for a Hammer-in this Saturday, March 28th, from 10-4 at Pennsbury Manor, William Penn's original plantation, where you get to hit on the FOUNDER'S anvil, a German church window 300 lb. anvil date-stamped 1680, which dates and locates it as belonging to William Penn himself!  Our meetings are participatory, so I strongly suggest wearing workshoes and safety glasses.  If you live in the Philadelphia area, I strongly suggest that you attend this open-to-the-public event, and be sure to bring family and friends.  For directions, google "Pennsbury Manor"

  5. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Show me your anvil   

    My wife spied a 40 foot aluminum ladder alongside his house, she suggested that we use it as a ramp.....slid it up onto the tahoe tailgate....
  6. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Show me your anvil   

    I got a phone call on Tuesday.  Some guy tells me he saw my website.  He and his wife bought a house, and down the hill 400 yards on his property is an old blacksmith shop with TERMITES, so his wife told him to demolish the building.  He was wondering if I wanted all the tools in the blacksmith shop for free, to which I said "sure"!  I get there, and my mouth dropped.  Sitting on a stump is a 500 lb, 44 inch long modern two-piece Hay Budden, a colonial stake anvil, a perfect canedy otto blower, and a champion blower.  After rolling this anvil up the hill through mud and fecal matter from his septic field, I got this baby in my Tahoe, three hours later.  It was WORTH THE WORK!





  7. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: The big anvil purchase (9) *pic heavy*   

    interested in selling the hay budden from brooklyn?
     
  8. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: HB anvil   

    if you mill it, you'll kill it
  9. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: HB anvil   

    bad move....
  10. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Tell me your favorite anvil story   

    I just posted a story which disappeared, so I am posting it again  30 some odd years ago, before CL, Ebay, and the internet, I looked up junk stores in the Yellow Pages.  In North Philly, a very bad neighborhood, some guy tells me he has an anvil in his store, so I ride the subway down there.  After paying him for his 125 lb fisher, we load it in his trunk, and he rides me back to the subway.  You should have seen the looks the commuters gave me on that train!  30 years later, I put it up on Ebay, and the buyer ended up being Joshua Kavett, who owns the Fisher Museum in New Jersey.  Happy ending for everyone!
  11. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Tell me your favorite anvil story   

    35 years ago, before internet, CL, ebay, et al, I looked up the word junk in the Philadelphia Yellow Pages.  I call this junk shop in North Philadelphia, a very dangerous area, and the guy says he has an anvil in his shop.  I ride the Broad Street Subway to his shop, and lo and  behold, he has a 125 pound Fisher Eagle sitting on the floor  I pay him his cash, and he rides me back to the Subway with my new acquisition in his trunk.  We get to the North Philadelphia Subway Station, and I grab the anvil out of his trunk, and go down the stairs to the subway platform.  I take the anvil home on subway and bus, and walk it two blocks from the bus stop to my garage door.  The UPSHOT of this story is that I advertised this anvil on Ebay, and the winning bidder is none other than Joshua Kavett, owner/operator of the Fisher Museum in New Jersey.  Happy ending for EVERYONE involved!
  12. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Tell me your favorite anvil story   

    you gotta move quickly when opportunity knocks  Three years ago, during Hurricane Sandy, some guy put an anvil advert up on CL  He only wanted fifty bucks for a 300 lb clean fisher, painted red, sitting on his front lawn as an ornament.  I called him, and he told me there were downed electrical wires sparking in his driveway, and that he was on generator power at his house.  He said "20 people called me, all promising to buy the anvil"  I said "you don't know me sir, I am insane"  I drove right through the Hurricane to his front door, handed him sixty bucks, and asked for ten dollars in change  His WIFE helped me load the anvil onto my Suburban, as I circumvented downed electrical wires in his driveway.  The next day, I posted the pictures of this anvil on the tailgate section of this webpage, and sold it for ten times what I paid for it  Some member of this forum lamented the fact that I beat him to the punch on this particular anvil  Moral of the story: move like a mongoose when anvils are available, there is no prize for second place!
  13. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Tell me your favorite anvil story   

    Joshua, it looks useable, lol!
     
  14. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: My First Anvil   

    looks like a french pig anvil to me, very nice anvil!
     
  15. stuarthesmith added a post in a topic: Tell me your favorite anvil story   

    Part 2 of my anvil stories.  I have another  big Hay Budden in my shop that I got from a member of this forum.  I drove from Philadelphia two years ago to purchase a beautiful 325 pounder that Mike Nelson(Divermike) bought from the widow of a blacksmith.  He promised her that if he ever sold it, it would  be to another blacksmith who would USE it, rather than employ it as a lawn ornament.  Mission accomplished, I use it every day in my shop!  When I got to his shop in Rochester, NY, he made a telephone call, to another blacksmith named Dick Rightmeyer, who also had a big shop anvil for sale, a 300 lb. Peter Wright, which I ended up buying also.  Lastly, en route back home, I spied a 150 lb vulcan on craigslist up there, and bought that also!

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  1. stuarthesmith » FieryFurnace

    you have one of the coolest websites I have ever seen!

  2. Mainely,Bob » stuarthesmith

    Happy holidays Stewart!
    Still haven`t given up on those caulking iron drawings,thanks for being so patient.

  3. Old N Rusty » stuarthesmith

    greetings and merry Christmas

  4. Francis Trez Cole » stuarthesmith

    Ya she's a beauty and runs real good thanks

  5. stuarthesmith » JosephPrivott

    that anvil went for two thousand two hundred dollars, plus the auctioneer's vigerish............that amounted to more than seven dollars a pound!

  6. JosephPrivott » stuarthesmith

    Did you ever get that Chambersburg Fisher that was up for sale?

  7. stuarthesmith » GunsmithnMaker

    that is a nice anvil you bought, congrats

  8. stuarthesmith » BlackSmithBear

    at your convenience, call me at 215-768-5735 about the Bradleys my friend has for sale......thanks, Stuart

  9. BlackSmithBear » stuarthesmith

    was in the chat tonight, you asked who might want a 200 lb Bradley. I might be interested.