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About Marc1

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  1. The hammer is the fingers, the steel is the clay, the anvil is the table that helps the iron stay. The fire makes me see, the colour of the metal, another blow, a few more taps and here's another petal ...
  2. Two parts epoxy paint rules! I painted a steel ramp that links the shore to a mooring pontoon with that stuff and it is like the first day after 5 years dangling over salt water.
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    Craft vs. Art

    i must disagree with both Thomas and your interpretation of what is art. Both are a popular misconception that art is somehow vane, and the realm of either the unhinged or the financial independent that makes art as a form of self entertainment, or ... even worse, that it is financially unsustainable. I much more prefer to see the difference between art and craft according to the effect the product has on the viewer. If it entices emotions it is art, if it has a purpose and such purpose is attractive to fulfill a need, then it is craft. Sure, some overlapping purposes as always, but I doubt art can be defined according to the desire of the author. "I am going to make art now" does not seem to be credible in my view. I just hung a door and made a great job of it, and I declared ... - This is art! No one around me seemed to agree somehow...
  4. Return it, it's no good. With online purchases, the return fright is the risk you take. No real way around it unless you can drive to their depot. I remember buying a powerhead for an outboard motor and they sent me the wrong model. had to pay $300 shipping to return it and then bought from another supplier. Things we do
  5. If it wasn't for folks obsession with anvil hardness and 'rebound', not to mention shape, more novice would consider building an anvil using just a chunk of mild steel, or even a thick 2 or 3" plate laying flat on a solid stand like a striking anvil. So rather than talking about crumbling useless decrepit museum pieces, we would then be talking about how to make a square hole for the hardy for example. And tools for the hardy ... all good beginners projects. Surely better than a piece of rail, be it horizontal vertical or tied in a knot with a working surface you need to find with a magnifying glass
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    Dave Evans (Windancer) passes

    We only really die, when we are forgotten. I hope you can finish building your vice Dave. Godspeed!
  7. They make for good anvils allegedly. Never tried myself. As for testing the steel, I would say it has been tested by the forklift and if they did not bend, they must be good enough for improvised anvil.
  8. Hilo ... the first night after the new moon ... Hi-Lo forklift ... Hello = Moin
  9. That is easily solved. Find a large PVC drain pipe that can fit the anvil complete with two caps. Glue one cap, place the anvil inside, fill with argon and close the other end. Your time capsule is complete. Write on it ... to be opened in 100 years. As a secondary consideration. If you hammer on the pipe containing the anvil, will the mass of the pipe be added to the mass of the anvil and allow to work on it ... mm ... don't answer that
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    Anvil stand question?

    BLD ... we had some lively discussion on this subject and it proved to be a sensitive issue, don't ask me why, I don't know. The problem with your question is ... that it is the wrong question. Consider the definition of mass from Wiki Mass is both a property of a physical body and a measure of its resistance to acceleration when a net force is applied. The object's mass also determines the strength of its gravitational attraction to other bodies. With only that in mind, if you weld the anvil to the steel stand or if you bolt it or even if you glue it with caulking compound, yes, the anvil+stand mass is one unit and will have more inertia if you try to push it to set it in motion, then if each object is separate. The problem is that the anvil is there to make your forging process possible using a hammer and placing your work between them and making your hammer collide with work and anvil. In the case of collisions, objects behave different according to the material they are made of, their density, the speed and mass of the objects colliding and a few more things to consider. The stand in this case is a secondary object that participates in the collision but not as if it was one unit. To determine by how much is not a simple task and the illustration by Glenn with the anvil welded to a ship, gives you the idea that when the stand may contribute in a minor way, using an infinitely large stand does not make much of a difference. It would be much cheaper to make a 100Kg anvil welded to a 200Kg stand and sell it as a 300Kg anvil. Does not work that way. Any seam, crack separation,division, change of density or material will make the unit not a unit when it comes to behaviour in a collision. An example would be to strike a piece of cast iron and another that has a crack. Yes, a properly bolted or welded stand would add stability to your anvil. No one likes to weld to an anvil because they are usually 100 years old or more and we tend to treat them better than we would a tool that is still in production. New anvils are expensive and for the same reason no one would think of welding anything to it.
  11. Peter Wright as far as I can tell. Pounds not stones ... ... yet to see an anvil weight in stones, but you never know. We still use stones for body weight. Drives one crazy. I am 12 stones
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    Question on brass horn repair.

    Wind instruments are soldered with 60/40 lead tin solder and a small gas torch, plenty of videos on you tube.
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    Belt grinder from Poland

    I am no grinder expert, but that machine looks very well made. You have a lathe and a mill to make that?
  14. This has turned into who proposes the most outlandish idea ... I say the best is to place the anvil in a vacuum chamber. The chamber is to have a pressure switch that sounds an alarm in case of loss of vacuum.