John McPherson

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About John McPherson

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  • Birthday October 20

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    Charlotte, NC
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    Full Time Welding Instructor/CWI, occasional blacksmith.


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    Charlotte, NC

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  1. CADOS is (now) a RIGID Peddinghaus brand. Not sure how long it has been a part of that group.
  2. Many of the NCABANA folks will be there, either with booths set up, or wandering around. Bring sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  3. I have only seen French anvils with a side exit pritchel. Not to say that someone in England would not have made it that way on special order.....
  4. C-1, I am surprised at you. That is clearly a German PettingZoo. Fra-gee-lay is obviously an Italian name. Duh!
  5. Thomas, you should mark that anvil 'Hey Buddy!' and 'Crooklyn, Noo Yawk'.
  6. If you are going to the trouble to make Brazeal/Habermann style hammer tongs, why don't you try the appropriate punches?
  7. Here are some photos of the Young Smith's rounding hammer from the 2012 ABANA conference gallery. The Brian Brazeal influence on the profiles on each face is evident.
  8. Way back on May 12, 2012, your question was answered. With pictures!
  9. I use Goddard's Goop quench (candle wax and automatic transmission fluid). It is stable for decades, stores and transports easily as a solid, although it can liquefy in a hot car in the summer. I keep it in a dented SS steam table dish from a thrift store, small enough to toss in a drywall bucket if spillage is a possibility.
  10. There is more to this craft than aheatin' and abeatin', although you can get a whole slew of effects with texturing hammers. Decorative punch and chisel work is a good counterpoint to hammer textures. SS sheet would also make nice: holiday ornaments, necklace pendants, bracelets, wind chimes, garden art pieces.
  11. Warranted then (mouse) Hole above Patent puts it about 1879, about a century too late to be considered a Colonial anvil to any discerning eye.
  12. Yes. No. Maybe? We are going to need a little more info to make an informed answer. A picture with something in it for scale, or a very detailed description of the item. What (or who) are you trying to brand? How many times does it have to make an impression? What tools and skills do you possess, or are you trying to farm this out?
  13. Fisher vises and anvils came from Trenton, New Jersey. The smallest was a #1, the largest at 120 pounds was a #4.
  14. The stand is not original, and does not add much, if any, value to someone that would use it in a shop. There appear to be letters on one side. A quick pass with a hand wire brush or a scotchbrite pad would knock off the loose rust. Then a quick dusting of chalk or flour would make the letters pop visually in a close-up photo.
  15. The preferred method of welding aluminum is with AC high frequency (HF). Both will do DC TIG (-) or stick (+). Neither will do MIG. You can get a free download of the owners manual from if you have the model number and serial number off the data plate.