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Jarntagforge

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    Vasa, Finland
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    Blacksmithing. Wood work. Gym. Violin.

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  1. I found the book! Here it is: https://ia600205.us.archive.org/24/items/machineryfoundat00crof/machineryfoundat00crof.pdf
  2. Hey all, I was looking for a book here in the forums but I can't find it anymore. I remember reading a old and long thread about Michael Dillon installing his 800 pound steam hammer and in the thread there was a link to a book about machinery foundations. It was about 100 years old, and there were chapters about power hammer foundations. I'm looking into installing my 165 lb hammer sometime in the summer so that's one reason to read through it. Also, it seemed like a gold mine of information. Does anyone have that book as a pdf? In it they even showed how to install a power hammer on the
  3. It could be made in Dalsbruk, Finland. There was an ironworks there back in the day. I know they made nails and anvils, don't know what else. I'm posting some pictures of DB anvils. Note, one is two-horned. Dalsbruk means Valley Forge.
  4. I read lots and lots of comments here and I didn't notice a general discussion about tripods vs 4-legged stands. 4-legged are more stable, and the argument for tripods is that it gives you more room for the feet. Is an argument also that tripods are extremely stable and stable enough? Did no-one find that they thought a tripod wobbled around too much on a concrete floor? I know it's stable if you don't hammer on it, but when you start doing odd stuff like bending and beating from the side or such, is the tripod still stable? And would you trust a 400 lb anvil on it?
  5. The buyer replied and said they were holes. The casting must have been really poor with holes under the anvil. This along with the side marks make me less inclined to buy this anvil... But .... what the, it's a Claudinon Firminy 310 lb! It's a cool anvil. I think I might have to take this under my wing. The buyer replied and said they were holes. The casting must have been really poor with holes under the anvil. This along with the side marks make me less inclined to buy this anvil... But .... what the, it's a Claudinon Firminy 310 lb! It's a cool anvil. I think I might have to take this
  6. Did anyone notice the underside? I was sure it was dirt, but now an engineer friend said it looked like holes, and he may be right. I sent the seller a question again, let's see what he says... I imagine the anvil would hold up fine for hand hammering. Well I do use a 4.5 lb hammer... and I hit with the power of rye bread and occasional porrage!
  7. You grinded the foot also. The marks on the foot likely came from a blacksmith that made edge tools. After hardening and tempering, he would cut a mark in the foot to see if the tool held up. If it did, he'd do the final grinding. So they're marks of craftmanship.
  8. Thanks for the tips, Thomas. Yeah the US is almost like a continent. Best to stick in one area. California, Grand Canyon, something. The seller of the anvil provided me with more pictures and a video of the anvil tapping test. https://youtu.be/09ZA6xElHXM The anvil seems in good shape. Wish he had understood to clean the dirt off! I also managed to find a buyer already for an anvil I have but don't like much, so funding is secured.
  9. I've been to some 8 countries in Europe, and Australia. Haven't been to the US. I considered going to Abana this year but I had no money, and good thing as it was cancelled. Seems my workshop build and possible house build will seep up my money. I've seen California on TV like every week, at least every month all my life. Looks good. But then I read about how 200 000 dollars isn't enough to support a family in California and it makes me wonder. I don't dislike that much about the Scandinavian countries. Seems like we struck a great balance in politics, well, all of western Europe also.
  10. Yeah I can imagine some are dishonest. If I drive over there I will for sure test it myself. Ball bearing and all. But Finns in general are an honest people, almost at fault. So I'll take his word for it at first and then see for myself. I'll be bringing my girlfriend along for the road trip like usual, and stop at some fancy restaurant! Why did you move to Alaska?
  11. Thanks for the advice, Frosty! I'll do that. Okay, that's good to know because I want to buy it. But of course if there was some great deterrant then I'd be rational. Thanks for the tip. I don't know why I don't remember these simple good tips myself. That's such an easy thing I can ask the seller to do tomorrow. Many thanks. If it doesn't sound significantly different I'm gonna buy it. If it does sound different then I guess a crack goes right through the leg and I don't think I'd wanna grind that open and weld it up.
  12. Thanks for your thoughts. I heard that old anvils break sometimes. The leg surely looks like it could be cracked. I'm a little worried that it would break.
  13. Hello experts, I came across what I think is a 310 lb Claudinon Firminy anvil. I'm seriously considering driving 4h to pick it up. I already haggled the price down from 600 € to 400 €. I can't find any text or numbers on the pictures, neither could the seller. But what are those lines and imperfections on the side of the anvil? It looks like it's cracked but I seriously doubt that. Could it be that this is a full body cast steel anvil and the casting work was done poorly? It seems like there's some obtrusions on the face too but those can be grinded. I plan to weld the sides also. Wh
  14. So what happened after? I did blacksmithing as a hobby. Made camp axes, bottle openers and trinkets. I sold at many Christmas markets and fairs and I realized I was selling my stuff way too cheap and people still didn't buy it. That meant my way of doing it wasn't working, but it could for sure work in many other ways - like bigger proejcts or online selling. That sort of stuff. But I did realize however that it's really tough work and the pay is minimal. And it's a tough job - I'm literally only earning what I can produce with my hands. I was working full time during this time. First as
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