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  1. Please rescue that anvil. I feel the same way about cannons and artillery pieces that sit in parks. Why waste a perfectly good piece of iron or steel?
  2. When I saw this I couldn't believe it. If you need it I suppose this guy has what you're looking for. Blacksmith's Shop I really like the big hammer, and the anvil, and the ............Blacksmith equipment - $20K (Wakefield NH)
  3. I'd say there is little doubt that it is an anvil vice after seeing MLMartin's link. I guess you'd have to determine what it's worth after a close inspection. Is it worth anything as an anvil? What does the lack of vice jaws and other parts mean for the value? What is it made of? These would be my questions after I was close enough to take a good look. If you can answer thesae questions for yourself and you decide to get it we want a good 4 view photo set.
  4. Enjoy your anvil. I only knew one grandfather and I didn't get to know him that well. I remember a few things about him, and as one of many grandchildren I got two small items they had owned. One I used to like playing with as a little boy when visiting my grandparents is a small telephone bank, and the other is a set of bronze book ends with an indian head on them. I would have loved to have spent time with my grandfather fishing, which is what he usually did. Before I ever came along he retired from farming and was living in an apartment building. The last place they lived was a very small house not far from where I live now. It was full from floor to ceiling, so I suppose my grandparent's other favorite thing to do was go to the auctions which used to be held every week. Come to think of it my grandma used to like to go to BINGO every week as well. Pretty good for two old folks that I doubt collected a dime of Social Security in their lives. (Before their time.) My point is that you have a solid reminder that you can use every day or anytime you feel like it to connect you with your grandfather, and never doubt with what he told you about this being a family treasure. Use it well and in good health.
  5. I'm only going to say that it must be a "where you live" type of thing. That would be a good deal here in Vermont. Back to the ladle though, I wanted to buy 2 small ladles last fall from a guy selling a lot of tools from a former plumbing/custom shop that he had owned, but he had 3 and he wouldn't let them go for less than $50.00. I wanted just the 2 ladles and one casting pot and I offered him the same money for that group, but he would only sell the ladles together and he wanted $30.00 for just the small casting pot. No sale.
  6. I've got to say that really doesn't surprise me much. There are quite a few people out there who expect new prices for their used modern tools, so if something might be a true antique it should be worth a lot more right? That ladle sure has a lot of rust, so it must be old and maybe even made by a blacksmith. I'm amazed, but usually not shocked, that people still believe the economy doesn't have any bearing on the price of something like this. I guess this would be a good example: Used Butcher Knife Craig's List has a little higher price point than ebay, but you don't usually have to pay shipping, insurance, and a premium for a box. I've seen these for free at yard sales, and for $20.00 or less in a little better condition than the one this guy is trying to sell. Most of them good American made steel.
  7. Hear that! I was up getting my wife out of the driveway with my Kubota tractor this morning and just kept going until there was room for more snow. Then.....I don't have the forge together yet either. :unsure:
  8. Ric, Was the magnetite specially prepared or did you just got to the local river and mine it yourself? As a hobby I do some gold panning from time to time and magnetite is plentiful wherever you should find gold. I've thought about ways I could use this material and if it can be smelted to form iron I'd like to give it a try. Your website notes that you will have a DVD out this year. How close are you to shipping?
  9. Dan, Do you check Craig's List? This 136# anvil was posted on the 31st, and again on the 2nd. Unknown 136 lb Anvil North Bay, NY I guess 70 miles may be pretty far from you, but I had to travel a bit to get my anvil. The price may be negotiable at this point.
  10. An update on my progress. It's going slowly but I have the flange attached to the brake rotor and I can show you what I was thinking of before I did this test fit. Now, I am thinking of cutting the 24" pipe you see in the first 2 pictures into 2 pieces and having the ash drop and the air intake from the one piece of pipe without the added thread on the ends. You can see that my quick base won't work out so I have to make a base, or find something that will work. A 55 gallon drum is just too much as I want this to be easy to move. I don't have a hydraulic pipe bender to make a ring or two to attach legs to and have the best of all worlds. On to the pictures. I hope documenting this process will give others ideas on how to make similar forges and show where missteps can lead to new ideas, creativity, or a return to basic design.
  11. Here's my 120# Hay Budden. I couldn't find my little jewelry anvil (ASO) and I'm not sure what that weighs.
  12. It would help if you gave us an area of the country that you're in. (Mandatory content ) I would offer him what you can afford and make him counter offer. If you tell him that you are going to actually use them he may accept a lower offer and ask for something that they have helped you make in return for a premium price. Since you said he was going to junk them anyway find out what scrap prices are in your area and offer that. Good Luck.
  13. I take it you mean old wooden barrels. The price on those will vary according to where you live. I have metal barrels that I picked up for nothing. They are being thrown away at a manufacturing business near me and they said to take what I needed. There are also lots of barrels being sold in the area for $20.00. Plastic and metal barrels as well as 250 gallon tugs are being sold all over my area, but if you're looking for good wooden barrels they're hard to find in good shape at a low price.
  14. Don't forget the junk/salvage yards, the metal pickers, and farms. I plan on checking every yard sale I can get to this year. I'll probably watch the auctions just in case as well. Like Thomas said, ask everyone you know and you might turn over those sweet deals.
  15. You are correct Thomas, I was refering to hardy tools. I should save my posts for a time of day when I am more awake. If I can still remember them then.
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