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  1. Mousehole Forge started as a lead smelting operation in 1628. Anvil manufacturing there started some time in the 18th century under the ownership of John Cockshutt. The Mousehole anvils we all know and love (aka The Undisputed King of Anvils) were mostly produced after the Armitage family took ownership of the company in 1820.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    SLAG was talking about getting a wooden barrel from Molson. I just happen to have a stainless steel Molson keg that a coworker found in the garage if a house she’d bought.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Here’s my Molson slack tub:
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    I know folks who’ve installed water trough heaters in their slack tubs. I’m not worried about mine as much, as it’s a former beer keg in stainless steel and built to withstand pressure.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    The bosh is the reservoir for the water-cooled tuyere on my forge. It’s the vertical part on the left in this photo: If it were to freeze, the ice expanding could easily pop a weld and make the tuyere leak. We don’t want that.
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    It’s too cold to do any forging today, but I did take a minute to siphon the water out of the bosh, to keep the tuyere from freezing. I knew I was saving that old CPAP hose for something!
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Yes, “valenky” is usually translated as “felt boots”. See, for example, Max Hayward’s English translation of Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
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    jabod ?

    They say there are three signs of approaching senility. Loss of memory is the first, but I can’t remember the other two.
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    The perils of speakerphone

    Another trend these days is to offer information and training through “webinars“, which for some reason are almost always scheduled right after lunch. Last year, I got two consecutive emails — one asking me for feedback on a webinar about estate planning and taxes, the other asking about a recent hotel stay — which I realized could have had the same review: “I slept very well”!
  11. You can always send foundryguy a PM to discuss price and sales privately.
  12. Addendum: I have since welded a tab of 1/4" plate to the back of this tool, which can be gripped much more securely in the vise.
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    Wobbly Bottom

    Very nice, Lionel h. Good to see a nice Mousehole (aka The Undisputed King of Anvils) put to use.
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    hay budden anvil

    Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet. please READ THIS FIRST!!!