Wrangell

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  1. Yeah, I was planning on putting sand in the legs. My Fisher will probably stay on this one and that does not have a ring to it. I'll have the legs tapped so I can add sand if needed.
  2. Really nice looking work there.
  3. Got a little time today to start a stand for my new anvil. Plan on using this both inside and out so incorporated in some legs that are adjustable so can get it close to level wherever it decides to rest. Didn't have much time today so this is a work in progress. Started out with a 1" steel plate for the base. The legs are made from 2-1/2" x 1/4" square tube. The feet are made from 4" SCH 80 pipe that have 1-1/8" Grade 8 bolts for the adjustment. The bolts are welded to a piece of 1/2" plate with the nut concealed up inside of the 2-1/2" tube, The 4" pipe has a 1/2" plate welded with a 1-17/16" hole punched into it and then welded to one end of the 4" pipe with a nut welded on the top side. There is enough bolt so there is 4" of adjustment so the stand can be used for different height anvils to get the correct working height. The lowest setting I have it would be about 31" where 33" is about the perfect height for me. Still have to come up with a attachment system that will work for the Fisher and the Fawcett anvils I have. There will be a hole through the 1" plate that will be inline with the pritchell hole and the hardy hole. Only got about 3 hours into it today so will post some pictures when it receives more attention. Plan on leaving drilling holes in the plate for hammers and other tools. The anvil that is setting on there in the picture is an 80lb Fisher and though I didn't weigh the stand, I'm guessing it is a little more than the weight of the Fisher.
  4. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated John. Cheers.
  5. Just picked up this anvil and when I got it the only thing one could see on it was "Sheffield" and then the stone weight of 1-2-17 (185 Lbs). I was told it was a MouseHole anvil but after buffing it off I found the word Fawcett above Sheffield. Did a little Pigot's research and found out there was an Anvil maker by the name of Miles John Mason Fawcett in the Sheffield area around the date of 1841. That's about all I could find out about it so if anyone has any other ideas on this maker I'd be interested. I haven't finished cleaning it up but from the looks of it, it appears to be in pretty good shape.
  6. Oh, it's going to get used. Just trying to learn a little bit. Thanks for the info John.
  7. Just picked this post vise up. Have just started getting interested in the blacksmithing end of things. Anyway, this a Columbian made in USA but don't know anything else about it. The bracket has "20" on the bottom side of it. Jaws are 6" and guessing it weighs about 50lbs. Everything works good and there are no cracks anywhere on it. I know that there is no criteria for cleaning one up or not. I kind of like the patina look of a tool as long it is functioning as it should. There is a lot of history on some of these tools. It will eventually be installed in the shop I plan on building so cleaning it up will be done but don't really see a reason for painting it. Can anyone tell me how to determine the age of this vise.
  8. Just finished these copper sea turtles from copper. The first one is kind of a prototype and did a little patina on it. Both of these are made from some 3" Type "L" scrap copper I had laying around. The coral in the sculpture is made from sheet copper. The turtles were annealed and then hammered back to get the metal hard again. The granite river block weighs about 75LBS. Even though the patina on the sea turtle is more realistic of how this creature looks, I like the solid copper look better. Both turtles are just over 11" in length and 7" across.
  9. Thanks and I really appreciate the info. It is interesting knowing the history of a piece. I will try to check out your FB page but I don't do FB so not sure how well that will work. I just got the anvil yesterday and it has been in the garage warming up since it was outside in 10 degree weather. Letting it get adjusted to the warmth before I start pounding out some copper projects. Looking forward to using it and am sure I'll have more questions.
  10. Thanks Nick, I buffed off that spot and thought it was an 8 as well but the more I stared at it, the more it looked like part of the casting. So, with Fishers, it is common to see one number to indicate a weight below 100 LBS?
  11. New to this forum. Been lurking a little and every time I do a search on something having to do with anvils, this site comes up so figured this is the place to be. Anyway, just bought this Fisher anvil from a guy who got it from his dad about 20 years ago but has no other info on it. There is no info on the bottom and the only markings I see are the Fisher name and the Eagle brand. Had to wire wheel it quite a bit just to get this info. My best guess is the weight being about 70-75 LBS. As you can see, the face is in fairly good shape with the horn having a few indentations. I did some research but could not come up with a date so I figured someone here may know what to look for or point me in a direction. Thanks.