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I Forge Iron


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    Montrose, PA
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    causing turmoil where ever he can


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    Philadelphia, PA
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    I served a 5 year apprenticeship in a tool forging shop

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  1. my biggest vice is buying big vises
  2. Here is a knife a 13 year old student of mine forged.....
  3. I got tired of the old stump, so I went to a tree surgeon member of my guild. He milled, planed, and polished a sycamore 20x20x24 stump for my 700 pound Hay Budden. A 300 pound block of wood!
  4. Mod note: How many times do you think you need to repost this here? you have one posting on the first page, that is enough. the 5th post in this thread, dates October 30, 2011. This is now the 4th one I have had to remove, and other mods have informed me they have also removed 5 other posts over the past 2 weeks. This is spamming and self promotion, either that or Alzheimers. If you cant remember what you post we will do it for you and moderate your account I dont care that you have used the "ignore" feature to block staff, its no excuse. It is your fault for doing it even if you refuse to read the warning PM's you cant say you dont know the rules. threatening any staff over this again will get your account closed permanently You are an adult and we expect you to act like it. Pretending innocence while blocking all PMs from staff is a childish game, and you lost.
  5. this analogy is apt Many years ago, when Woody Allen was first starting out, in his stand up routine, he had this joke. "A bullet once saved my life. Someone threw a book at me, and the bullet stopped it in my top pocket". Myron Handelmann, another stand up comic, pawned Woody's joke off as his own on the Ed Sullivan Show. The reason nobody knows who Myron Handelmann was is that after that, he was blacklisted from ever doing comedy again. The same goes for stealing blacksmithing intellectual property
  6. some things qualify as common knowledge. Some things are intellectual property. As an admin on a blacksmithing page on Facebook, I will say this. We take a dim view on stealing someone's intellectual property, and if caught, we oust them with immediacy. Many times, the difference between bankruptcy in this craft is the tenuous hold on one's intellectual property. Copying someone's work to increase skill set is one thing, but vending someone else's intellectual property constitutes theft That being said, if you forge something someone else designed, at least have the common decency to attribute the concept to the originator of it
  7. In business, your word is everything. My policy with everything in business is best expressed in the movie Thunderdome.......break.. a deal, face the wheel....EXILE!!!!!
  8. In for a penny, in for a pound sterling. Go big or go home buy the hammer for 3 k and build a tire hammer for 1 k. problem solved.....
  9. well, we kinda agree......he should get an industrial trip hammer and a shop anvil, and a good sized leg vise........unless he can BARGAIN DOWN the guy with the big anvil,,,,,,if he can squeeze the seller down to 2500, he may be able to purchase a decent hammer for 1500.....
  10. OMG, decisions decisions this entire thread is giving me a headache, lol!
  11. was I "alluding to business" at age 22 when I bought my big anvil......YESSIR I was, I always intended to go into business! Isn't that the dream, to do this for a living!!!!!!
  12. here is my take on that.....excellent question, Thomas! My first anvil bought by my parents as a high school graduation present, back in 1972, was a pristine 220 pound Peter Wright, along with a rivet forge. As luck would have it, my second anvil was the 700 lb. Hay Budden seen above. At THAT time I was serving a 5 year apprenticeship in an industrial shop, back in 1976, and paid 650 dollars for that anvil, which was a LOT of money! My father loaned me the money, which I paid back GLADLY! To provide perspective, over the last 40 years, I forged in excess of a million dollars worth of merchandise on that anvil over the thyears. When I incorporated in 1982, my accountant depreciated that anvil, along with everything else, so in effect, I got the anvil and everything else for FREE. From my BUSINESS perspective the anvil is a good buy for him, especially if he goes into business later.....
  13. reach for the stars, and NEVER settle You will kick yourself if you don't if you decide not to buy it, please give me the guy's phone number, lol!!!!! my 700 lber needs a "wife" big anvils aren't sellable?? You' re kidding, right?? Every blacksmith tool dealer in north america is waiting for me to kick the bucket so they can maraude my shop!!! to the person who posted that "big anvils aren't sellable", my pickup truck is gassed up, and I have a wad of cash in hand......wanna sell all your 500 pound plus anvils to me?
  14. damage????? what damage!!!!! Aesopian tale of the fox and the grapes that 490 pounder is as clean as a whistle
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