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  1. There is definitely a "fake" line cast in to try to mislead you into thinking the faceplate is real thick; that's visible on the side---check if it lines up with the flat spot in the edge ding on the right hand side when facing the horn. I bet it doesn't!
  2. Weak floorboards can then be employed for further sorting...
  3. Is the replacement piece CI as well?
  4. Their Life Insurance company is New England Life; of course!
  5. Are you in the United States? The common anvils in the USA are not the common ones in Australia! As the weight is cast proud of the surface; it looks to have a cast iron base Does the face where it's damaged look to have a step down to the base metal? If so it it may have a steel face and the rest being cast iron (The third picture down looks like there is a step on the edge toward the bottom of the picture.) There were two main companies that made anvils in this way: Vulcan and Fisher. My guess would be that this was a Fisher from the years when they were using a paper label. The owner of the Fisher Museum would be a better source to ask! https://www.iforgeiron.com/profile/10347-njanvilman/ Vulcans used the arm and hammer logo cast proud of the side of the anvil in a raised oval that would probably leave a trace if it had been there. Note: this type of anvil is ruined once the steel face is gone or thinned to much to use. This anvil is usable as it stands DON'T destroy it by grinding or welding or milling on the face!
  6. Sounds like the pieces were drop shipped by the various manufacturers to the buyer! I know of several instances where an anvil has been used as a headstone; often as the smith was in the waning days and so died poor. With smithing in resurgence several cases of such anvils being stolen have occurred.
  7. Within the USA or International? I don't think a lot of places would consider that "heavy". It doesn't even weigh a ton!
  8. Wow; my grandfather had a round bed in his house on his farm in rural Arkansas back in the 1960's and 1970's; I haven't seen one since! (I remember it was hard to get fitted sheets for it back then...)
  9. Tapered pipe is for the tapered bellows nozzle. The arched toroid forms the "ducks nest" form of firepot, there would have been a clinker breaker ball in the center on a metal rod going crossways to the bellows nozzle. You can see examples in the old Sears Roebuck catalogs from around 1900 and I have one in good usable shape.
  10. Building a solid foundation under your castles in the air has always been a problem!
  11. As I recall the horn penetrated the trunk and lodged in the asphalt and they tried to lift the rear end of the car and walk it forward till they dropped it making another indentation; repeatedly. As Heinlein said: " Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss."
  12. If you don't need the extra length then it's just wasted fuel getting it and holding it at heat. If you do need the extra length then it's a great help!
  13. And sockets for bending jigs? As a working shop; probably no unplated wrenches anymore.
  14. Here in North America I have heard that several Indigenous Cultures had a rule that porcupines were off limits for "regular hunting" as they were too easy for Humans to prey on. They were reserved for "disaster rations" as all you needed to kill them was a branch off a tree and so reserved for the lost, boat wrecked, sick, children, etc.
  15. "Anvils in America" has a story in it about a couple of drunks trying to steal a large anvil with a pinto car IIRC.
  16. I'm really hoping things will get where I can go to my Grandfather's 97th birthday in the Spring in Van Buren. We've missed the last one trying to keep him safe.
  17. Frosty has used the old method of distressing an item to make it seem older; but he's piled up the decades in addition!
  18. Some fibers have a built in direction and so Should be spun that way. Others it doesn't matter. A bit of "kitchen magic" sometimes used in Europe/UK was to include a bit of yarn spun the reverse way in a clothing item you were making for your love. It was supposed to bind them to you... Once my wife gets up I can get a list of fibers and the way they need to be spun; Z or S.
  19. I don't know if I would consider nålebinding as knitting; perhaps a precursor and sprang is right out!
  20. I was figuring ways around needing to shear and card/comb; but that was what they were, ways around it. Recently I was reading about a Peruvian group where the men are judged by their skill at knitting. It mentioned that they originally used cactus spines as needles but have moved up to bicycle spokes.
  21. I think something like a coal rake for a forge would be handy too---tools for redistributing foodstuffs during cooking. I know some huge woks have been used. I wonder what tooling they find useful?
  22. That's the thing with statistics---they don't really care what your beliefs are for or against; but the smart money bets on the peak of the bell curve! My second jab was March 3rd and I'm hoping to get the third as soon as they OK them. I'm diabetic and my wife is 75 and we have 4 grandsons an hour north of us for vectors...
  23. Did you forge the cooking tools needed to go with it for the Paella?
  24. What a cunning plan: make your work so good it's addictive so that people keep coming back for more!
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