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Plantagenet Ironworks

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    Moore Oklahoma
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    Father, Author, Genealogist and aspiring blacksmith.


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    Moore Oklahoma area
  1. ALWAYS be suspicious of Craig's List. Few places are as full of Scum and Villainy as the Craig's List. I go out of my way to avoid it when I can. The FEW instances I have been involved with transactions involving so called 'internet classifieds'... I have ALWAYS met in public places, always armed and always with a friend. It's not paranoia if robbery, murder, scams and theft are nearly as likely as a successful transaction. There are a host of anvils for sale for local pickup on Ebay right now... all in the north east, and within driving distance for you. Sadly, none in
  2. I wouldn't call it retail, It was one of those 'antique/junk mall' things with like 50 'booths'. Its common practice to wheel and deal in places like that... like a pawn shop. The money in my pocket was what I was willing to spend, I REALLY wanted the anvil (its the first REAL one I have seen), and I thought it was a fair offer. *shrugs*
  3. I walked into an antique mall today, kinda an old dingy place, more of a junk store than anything really. Right inside the door is a smaller 'roughly' 125 - 150lb Peter Wright Anvil in half decent condition, wasn't pristine, but it was alright. It was marked $325 seemed high to me, but Im a newb... but I figure Im also at a junk store. I offered the clerk $190 (What I had in my wallet) for it and the man loses his mind, starts yelling and cussing at me asking if Im trying to get hm shot or something... a rather high strung individual. I thanked him for his time and left the sto
  4. One heck of a score this morning, at least I feel it was. I picked up 17 punches of various sizes, 1 small cross pein hammer head (1 1/2 Tru-Emper I think) and 2 pieces of metal that were in the punch box that Ill end up making something artistic out of for $10. I also picked up the piping, caps and tee for my forge... didn't really get a deal on that, feel like I got screwed actually, $33 which is more than I paid for the brake drum. However, it was pretty much my only option other than internet ordering for the pipe. I made sure I got black pipe, not galvanized. Buddy of mine has
  5. Been putting together a few tools. I picked up a couple files, an old vintage cross pein head that is about 3 lbs I think. I also found a cheapo "Plano" toolbox for under $9 that Ill use to hold my tools. As a hobby smith without a dedicated space, a toolbox was a necessity. I started talking to the Saltfork Craftsmen, and Ill end up going down to Norman one of these days and visiting and do a lot of watching. I wanted a way to mark my toolbox, my family crest is a boar, so a Boar stomping on an anvil seemed appropriate. Not very clean, but it got the job done. I think next
  6. Making my own tools is actually what I am wanting to do. Maybe Ill just start with an old worn out cold chisel and try and make the rest?
  7. New smith here, in the tool gathering stage. I am aiming to keep my whole build to START at under $100 Hammer, Anvil, Tongs I have so far... Working on possibly getting a couple more hammers and a punch set, in addition to some gloves and of course a forge of some sort. Im looking for a cheap option for punches, chisels and the like currently. A book I read said that heading to a hardware store and buying the cheapest/largest cold chisel's they had by the handful would be a good option as they could all be modified later. I was wondering if this might be a good option as well?
  8. Thank you for the info about the 'type of steel' in these things... being as green as I am I didnt even consider that. The seller... and several others have multiple types of steel in various shapes. Price and availability for me I think this might be my best option. So a 10inch long piece of 4 inch 4140 would do nicely? Or should I look for a different type of steel. Also, once I do get it, should I do anything to the face you think?
  9. I am just starting my anvil search and I am looking to educate myself on a few of my options 'on the cheap' as it were. I am already aware of the idea of turning a 2 foot piece of rail track on its side as a sort of 'poor mans' or beginners anvil. I was wondering about something like this round 'anvil' would work well?
  10. Good Evening everyone, Bit of an update here. So my little flea market that I thought would be a gold mine was terrible. It was not at all what I expected, mostly handmade sewn things and so called 'decorative' clutter. My only score... and my first tools, is a pair of Farriers tongs "Nippers" that are used to trim the hooves of horses I believe. One is marked "Champion" the other is unmarked. I figure they could be modified with a bit of heat and hammering even by a novice into serviceable tongs, I paid $5 a piece for them at a local antique market. I also put down my name and number
  11. I really like the video in the sticky of the general forum of the guys beating hot iron ore on a big rock with smaller rocks... certainly puts things in perspective. I have a major railroad close by where I am, so truth be told I will prob end up with a rail track anvil, which honestly will prob work indefinitely for what I am planning on doing. However, I am not looking forward to the amount of grinding, sanding and cutting I would want to do to make a piece of slag rail into a quality anvil. We shall see what I come home with this weekend from the big flea market going on. Should
  12. I picked this up in a junk store for the simple reason that I have never seen anything like it before. It looks/feels solid steel to me, about 5 to 8 lbs... 4 inches tall, 5.5 inches wide at base and is perfectly round... I paid $7 for it. Not sure what Ill use it for, maybe just a paperweight but it would be interesting to know what its actual purpose is.
  13. My name is Sebastian, I am 34 years old. Currently in the Moore Oklahoma area. I suppose you guys have a steady stream of aspiring smiths that start with big intentions and ideas and simply fade away into the sea of whim and inconsistancy. Just the same, I suppose I should introduce myself, tip my hat and issue warm greetings before innundating you with the innane questionings of an aspirant. My blacksmithing goals are small. I have interests mostly in jewlery and small utilitarian items, if I could somehow work my way up to a few high quality knives I would be pleased with myself. I cant
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