Foundryman

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About Foundryman

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  • Birthday 06/14/1988

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  1. Having learned on my 450lb Soho pattern anvil I can't really see me wanting anything more. The hardy hole at the horn end is very well supported and though its a large anvil it can mount two different hardys/stakes/mandrels at once allowing great flexibility when it comes to smaller work. I've even made a vice mount for the hardy holes as it makes a very stable filing platform in the absence of a post vise. I've done a lot of striking on it and it soaks up miss-hits and just doesn't care. That being said it didn't stop me buying a 125lb brooks in pristine condition and I would absolutely love a 150lb church window anvil given the chance, there's just something about the way they look.
  2. I don't think its an anvil, it's a hollow cast iron Anvil Shaped Object that's part of an anvil/vice combination that's missing the vice part.
  3. I did actually take a few lengths of wrought in different dimensions as it's irreplaceable though like you, it's not my best friend but we're getting to know each other.
  4. I was recently made redundant, the company I worked for sold up to developers who wanted to take vacant possession of the property so we had to clear the whole site. This company had been at its current premises for 250 years so therefore you can imagine there was a LOT of stuff. We had a fabricating shop, a carpentry shop and a foundry but I brought home next to no mild steel. I can get steel easily and cheaply, I grabbed the things that would have been difficult or expensive to source elsewhere. I did get some steel to fabricate a stand for my post vice however. What I did grab was timber, Walnut, Wenge, Brazilian rosewood, Afzelia, Ash, Cherry, Yew and some 9"x3" x15' pine to build a workbench from. I picked up a 5" angle grinder with over 150 sanding discs, a power file with 80 ceramic belts and sheets of glasspaper. A Dewalt drill and router with very little use and countless hand tools, files, saws, chisels, handplanes etc. In the end we just had to get the building clear and it was tragic what was thrown away, wrought iron, hundreds of feet of mild steel stock in various sections, angle, box etc. Solid walnut furniture that was over a hundred years old, countless tools, grinders, even a lathe and perfectly good compressor went to the scrap yard. Sometimes the line is drawn for you and you have to be pragmatic, take what you need, what you can use and just let the rest go.
  5. Beautiful work Owen, once again raising bar for the rest of us.
  6. These are a few of the items that have followed me home recently, the 5" makita grinder cost me £10, everything else was free. The stump anvil is wrought iron with a steel face which is delaminating so I think a future project will be to forge weld a damascus steel face onto it, just because I can. The timber is 12"x12"x22" of seasoned Iroko heart wood and will become the stand for my 125lb brooks anvil that followed me home last year. I don't know what I'll do with the canon ball yet, possibly use it for doming work but I had to take it. The two bars at the back are wrought iron. This is the anvil on his new home, I need to forge some straps or staples to hold it down. This is my main anvil at the moment as I've recently moved and my big anvil is in storage until I can figure out the logistics of moving it and have a permanent home to move it to. Simon.
  7. Fair enough, elm burl is one of my favourite timbers and it's fairly common and relatively cheap (I guess we have Dutch elm disease to thank for that).
  8. Beautiful blade though its almost a shame to have covered the figured elm with the leather wrap!
  9. Thank you. A number of the skills are being carried on in one way or another but sadly I doubt they'll be passed on to a future generation. Simon.
  10. It's quite sad as the company can trace itself back to at least 1570, it's a lot of history to lose.
  11. Couples classes? Cool idea, sounds like a great experience!
  12. This week I'll be attending two weddings and the brides at both have always been supportive and encouraging of my bladesmithing, one of them having commissioned a pair of damascus kitchen knives as a gift to her son so I figured I'd forge them a knife each as wedding presents. The blades are 240 layers 15n20 and Uddeholme 20C, the handles are bog oak and (I think) Afzelia, though I'm not 100% sure as this timber has been laying around for at least 75 years and was marked as Azelia which as far as I'm aware is a bush and not a tree. Whatever the timber is, it's incredibly hard and dense with a beautiful iridescence to the grain that I think compliments the patterns in the blades. Simon.
  13. This copper bucket followed me home from work on Friday, it belonged to my 70 year old employer's grandmother so it's not unreasonable to assume it's 100 years old. It's now going to retire beside my fire place storing kindling. Sadly this didn't follow me home, but it did follow a blacksmith colleague of mine home, it's 3.5" square wrought iron stock, the longest bar in this photo is over 6 feet. It was bought by our company a great many years ago (it was there when colleagues with 40 years with the company joined and was old then) and has never been used. Most of our forgings are done in pure iron these days but the wrought has always been saved for special jobs, however now the company is closing down and it needed a new home.
  14. I'm guessing a Peter Wright by the feet and 450-500 lbs. I think that it is indeed a Soho pattern anvil, my main anvil is very similar though it has a step and is a shade shorter, it weighs in at 450lbs.
  15. I would recommend selling them (at a profit) and using the proceeds to buy some known steel to make your tools from.