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  1. Why does my location matter? Just answer the question!!! "Who made this Hay Budden anvil?" "I've read every post on this forum, but......." "I like herring smelt, but don't know how to smelt a sword"
  2. Good to hear. Thoughts and prayers continue.
  3. It says "Wilkinson" on the top. I have a similar one that also has "Queens Dudley" in the center over the "x" shaped mark
  4. As Thomas said, Lee Sauder has a lot of knowledge on bloomerys. He, Shel Browder, and Steve Mankowski, created a DVD called from Ore to Ax wherein they smelted iron, and obviously, used it to make an ax. Currently, those three are working on another DVD about smelting the steel they used for the sharpened blade of the ax. I look forward to seeing it when it comes out. Shel Browder retired from Colonial Williamsburg and is out and about storytelling and blacksmithing. Steve Mankowski still works as a Blacksmith for Colonial Williamsburg. Lee's shop is in Lexington, Virginia. All three of these gentlemen willingly share their knowledge when asked.
  5. Thomas, our family's thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours. Knee mail shall continue to be sent to bring comfort to your family.
  6. So, Thomas, that makes you a feller smeller? Makes scents to me
  7. Thank you, NJAnvilman. So, it will have it's 100 birthday next year - I'll make sure my buddy rings in the new year with it.
  8. I'll make the introductions for you if you want. She comes with her own ring.
  9. Friend of mine just got this nice 150# Hay Budden. Looks like Serial # is A4390. It is marked with its weight "150" on both the side and foot. Hadn't seen that before. He got it for a little less than $3 a pound. Told him it was a great deal. He wants to know its approximate age and I don't have AIA. Thanks in advance for help.
  10. Peter Ross, the retired master smith at Colonial Williamsburg, built several including the one on display in the Dewitt-Wallace Museum. He is in North Carolina now. You might try reaching out to him. He's always been helpful for me.
  11. Back in the '70s, I had to use a 72-inch chain wrench on some 6-inch screw coupled water pipe. Also used a 60-inch standard pipe wrench. Both were quite a handful.....
  12. I still use one my Dad had made from a large truck axle - its about 2 inches in diameter, 5 feet long, with a flat point like a giant screwdriver and heavy. Yet, if you need to work through hard ground, or pry something, it's always worked.
  13. We have spun this bearing talk too far.......
  14. And when you lose bearings, things are like a seagull after a hot dog - they're like a tern for the wurst.
  15. Anything with stored energy is dangerous - like propane, especially because it is heavier than air. I have been within 1/4 mile of a home when it was destroyed by a propane explosion....yet, I would worry more about the acetylene tank. The flammability limits of propane is generally considered between 2 and 10% propane in air, while acetylene is 2-100%. If it leaks, it will pretty much ignite. Dust is also bad - I investigated a dust explosion at a foundry back in the '90s and 10 -20 square foot sections of 12 inch thick reinforced concrete floor were blown 30-40 yards......fortunately only was person died, but a number were injured. Like Happy Fish Forge says, everything will bite - treat them all with respect and care and only use the for the intended use....