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    North Somerset, England
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  1. That is a really awesome and unique idea! Very well done man!
  2. Hey there guys. Got a brand new 25kg Glendale pattern anvil for sale. Never been forged on. I am selling it as I have acquired a new brooks anvil, which I prefer. The anvil has a wide working face, 3/4 hardy socket and 3/8 pritchel hole. The working face is on the softer side at 50-55RC. This is the reason I prefer the brooks anvil, as their faces are on the hard side at 60-65RC. It is not an amazing anvil; the casting is not the prettiest and I don't get on with the softer face but on the plus side it is brand new and has nice sharp edges and corners, and the face is fresh and flat. I t
  3. Thanks for the feedback guys. I got my hands on my 25kg anvil from Vaughans (it is actually a brooks anvil that they sell) and it is indeed really good. Really awesome ring and rebound. Noisy as hell, but I like the ringing. My neighbors don't. Fun happy times.
  4. So I bought a new 25kg anvil from Glendale to use in my portable workshop setup, but was really frustrated when I got my hands on it, because the xxxx thing is really soft! Dents when you even lightly tap the face, and has a really poor rebound. I asked them why this was, and they told me that the anvils they sell are made slightly softer, owing to health and safety regulations, which apparently state that anvils must be made soft nowadays so that bits won't break off of them when they are struck. (I should state that although I am unhappy with the anvil, Glendale themselves are great to de
  5. Sounds cool. Many thanks for the info John. I will check with the organisers and see if I am covered by their insurance, and I will look up the info on distance from public etc. Wish me luck!
  6. I am looking to do my very first blacksmithing demonstration, in conjunction with a shopkeeper who has been selling my work for me for a while now. He also organises arts and crafts fairs, and has asked me to participate and do a blacksmithing demonstration at his next craft fair. Thing is, I have never done a demo before, and I was curious about the legal and health and safety concerns relating to it. Should I be worried about insurance? In what ways could I potentially get myself in trouble with this? How do I ensure that the guy helping me out is not in any legal risk either? I should p
  7. Thanks for the ideas guys. I think that I might use some sort of brick arrangement. I will make a permanent iron tuyere, but use a piece of refractory clay or fire brick with a hole bored through the middle as a capping piece which will take the brunt of the heat. That way, the main part will be permanent and fixed, but the part which will take most of the heat will be easy to replace. Sound any good?
  8. Sounds fine to me. How about using a mild steel pipe and coating it with the clay? That way only the clay needs replacing when it eventually cracks up. I would like the setup to look as professional as possible, as I will be taking it on demos at some point.
  9. That sounds possible. So insulating the tuyere is the way to go if I want it to last then? I would hate to pay for a tuyere off of someone like Glendale and end up burning it.
  10. Glendale forge arent that expensive compared to some others, but I would rather make it to save money. Your pipe idea sounds possible. Do I have to insulate the tuyere at all? If I go covering it with fire clay I will surely sacrifice the portability of my forge. What actually stops dry tue irons burning up in the heat, besides the cooling action of the air flowing through them (which I can't imagine cools it that much really anyway)?
  11. So I am constructing a really small portable forge for my student backyard smithy. Its basically an angle iron frame that holds four fire bricks, giving me a very small flat hearth. It sits on four legs, and its powered by a small electric forge blower that runs on a car battery. I need the forge to be lightweight, portable, and easy to disassemble. My design is good so far, as the bricks can lift out of the hearth, the blower will unbolt from its housing, the hearth lifts off of the legs, and whatever tuyere I use will be bolted to the frame, so will also come off easily. Because of the des
  12. I don't much care about the fact that this guy is selling them, I just wanted to look at the eye candy. Wish I had a collection like that. :-(
  13. Lol well that just xxxxxx on my candle somewhat.
  14. Believe it or not, I'm pretty sure I've actually found the manufacturer of Vaughans anvils whilst browsing wholesaling websites. Its a company called Elcomp from South Africa. They have exactly the same marketing blurb and photos. Also the same weights! Random eh?! I know why you were put off by Glendale's website. I didnt like it either. Mind you, having spoken to them on the phone, I cannot rate them higher. They have given me excellent service, and have even helped me source a couple of bargains, since they also run a separate second-hand section. Awesome stuff!
  15. Check out this guy's youtube channel. He's got some gorgeous and rare anvils in absolutely beautiful condition. http://www.youtube.com/user/Ironsmyter How jealous are you after watching those?!?!
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