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I Forge Iron


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    Building, restoration and fabrication. Enjoy learning the old school technology. Steam Trains and tractor restorations. Prefer things built in America and decided if I can't find it made here why not make it myself.

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  1. Just finished restoring.
  2. Thanks for everyone who replied. I can say this for a fact. Every one of your comments are excellent. I would like to be moving more metal. That's not in the cards for me at this time. At 51 years on this planet I do what I please if my wife lets me. That being said I also know safe tools are those that are well maintained. Good tools maintained properly, and well organized also provide better time management and results. Ask any good mechanic or carpenter. Skill and talent are another topic. I can say for myself that my methods have resulted in satisfactory results. Me being my own worst critic. I don't need every type tool. I just need enough tools to do what I want. Since I am the last on the list in my home to get what I want I often find little left in the barrel. This includes time. I am patient. Plus the scarcey of everything makes it that more satisfying when I acquire them. This springs projects will include three garden gates. As well as breaking ground on a small bank barn that will house my shop. In 2014 my wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor, our septic went bad my son got his driver license and totaled his car. Things come in threes, right? Tool restoration is what I can do right now and my latest is a Champion No. 200 post drill.
  3. We'll one thing is for sure. It takes time to find good tools to get started in blacksmithing. That and good sense to walk away from overpriced items. Which I've done often. Anyway here are a few of my latest items. Note: I restore everything after I get them. The champion drill is almost completely restored. Looks like it was hardly ever used in the first place. The last two images are of a blacksmith shop I'm waiting for approval from a historical society board to have meetings. Looks promising for quarterly meetings after talking with the boards president informally. That's provided I can get enough folks interested in attending.
  4. Maybe an Otto Canedy? I have a blower that mounts using a flange that looks like it would match your table.
  5. Marked with FN under horn. no date seen at this time. Pre 1877? Scales at 147lbs. preparing to restore soon. Overall it's in good shape. One side has strong pocs and I believe it's best to remove a small amount of steel rounding the one edge to prevent any breakage from occurring. I'll post photo to get others opinions.
  6. Thanks guys, That's what it is. I googled the name "Canedy Otto Mfg. in Chicago Heights, IL," and searched images and found images of what I have. Exact match. Great knowledge base here. Thanks again.
  7. I know each smith has a preference. I also remember reading in "The Art of Blacksmithing" (Alex W. Bealer) or "The Village Blacksmith" (Aldren A. Watson) that the anvil face should be about the height of the smiths knuckles. Would you agree? Where is the working face or horn of your anvil based on your person? I think there would be a recommended height to be the most proficient at blacksmithing.
  8. I just picked up this blower. Cranks nice. Needs some fresh oil. Blades are sheet metal attached to a hub and all are intact. I can not find any manufacturing marks. only what appear to be part numbers. 1075 and 1077 on the casting and raised print for oil level.
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    Gear drive blower

    This is a blower I just picked up. Can anyone identify it? marked 1077 on one side and 1075 on the other. I have found no maker mark.
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    Paddle vane blower

    This is a blower I just picked up. Can anyone identify it? marked 1077 on one side and 1075 on the other. I have found no maker mark.
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    Forge blower nonme

    This is a blower I just picked up. Can anyone identify it? marked 1077 on one side and 1075 on the other. I have found no maker mark.
  12. I drive a truck for a living and stopped at a truck stop everyday while I was on the run. Anyway, There were always some regular ole timers having coffee every morning. Other than the occasional "howdy" We didn't talk much. One stop I said with all the hot air blowing from that table one of them must know where I could find a forge blower. After a minute of silence one of the fellas gave me a number to call. I made arrangements and I visited a Smith to get a blower. He had three with electric motors laid out when I got there. $100 each. Although. I wanted a hand crank, which he dug out of the barn along with two tong and about 20 pounds of round stock a tour of his shop for $160.00 I owe the guys a round of coffee next time. I don't know the value of the blower and extras; but, the right people are priceless.
  13. Thanks for the post. I plan to use as is. After missing a number of anvils at auctions I'm glad to have this one. It will fit the shop just fine.
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    At first I thought I could just grind the mushroom from the steel plate and just smooth out the high spots. It's only on one side. Then I read some ones comment how old anvils that have provided 150 years of service are desecrated by cleaning them up like that and thought he had a good point. It useable as is. When I bought it I was told it was made between 1840 to 1880. So I'm going to try to get an age. If it is that old I'll use it for light work and find a newer one to work hard.
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