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    Nut loose in the shop

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    Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, ANVILS, shooting, woodworking, leatherworking, praise music, acoustic guitar, song writing, recording, music production, you get the idea...

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  1. C-1ToolSteel

    MouseHole ???

    I believe it says: Vulcan Works Sheffield Not to get confused with the cast iron American Vulcans.
  2. C-1ToolSteel

    Help identifying my first anvil :)

    Interesting. Not a name brand, but it might still be decent quality. Face is a little rough and unfinished. I'd at least take an angle grinder to the casting line over the horn. Does it ring when struck, or just a dead thud. This is where we separate the anvils from the ASOs! The look of it kinda reminds me of some anvils I recall Thomas Powers talking about that were hit-or-miss, depending on whatever type of steel they had left over to melt. Have you tried a rebound test?
  3. C-1ToolSteel

    New Work

    Gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing.
  4. C-1ToolSteel

    2 Hay Buddens

    The only thing better than a Hay Budden is two Hay Buddens!
  5. C-1ToolSteel

    Buy? 350 lb Lewis anvil for $350

    Sweet! Interesting markings. I would have assumed that "LEWIS" was stamped in at a later date, except for the fact that the letters are so bold (instead of thin and shallow). Appears to say: Warranted, Best, Tredin below. I thought I recognized those markings from a recent thread...
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    Buy? 350 lb Lewis anvil for $350

    It's an old English anvil. Looks like it has some significant chipping on one side, but If it passes the ring and rebound tests, I'd say it's probably in good enough shape for $1/lb to still be a good deal. Doesn't really look like a 350lber to me, but my eyes could be playing tricks... Snatch in up good and quick, if it is for sale on a public site and you have done the research to know you want it.
  7. C-1ToolSteel

    It followed me home

    Don't try to weld on the face!!
  8. C-1ToolSteel

    Show me your anvil

    Nice anvil! Sad, though, that it appears that someone welded on the edges to make them nice and sharp... Probably the same guy that Cut the clip off.
  9. C-1ToolSteel

    could use some anvil advice

    Leave it be. Trying to add a thin plate will actually make it worse. Usually, we talk about anvils in terms of mass and weight, but I'd say 10 or more inches of solid mass under the hammer would be ideal. The more, the better.
  10. C-1ToolSteel

    could use some anvil advice

    That's not an upgrade. Obviously cast (not forged), so I wouldn't trust that it is steel either. You already have a horn and hardy hole, so I'd recommend that you be on the look out for just a large hunk of steel from the scrapyard. A LOT better bang for you buck!!
  11. What about making things that don't make sense...
  12. C-1ToolSteel

    Another rail road iron anvil

    As for the anvil question: No, what you are looking for is good solid mass under the hammer. For the firepot, how big is that wheel? You could maybe make it work in a pinch.
  13. C-1ToolSteel

    What did I miss?

    And while we are still picking on Mr. Stevens ()... They are forged, not cast.
  14. C-1ToolSteel

    Huge Vise #10

    You have a Fisher chain vise. Rare and highly sought after! Great score.
  15. C-1ToolSteel

    What did I miss?

    Hey there, JT. Nothing sticks out to me in your post as a big oversight. Can't go wrong starting with JABOD, and the hair drier will last long enough to get your foot in the door. As far as tools go, good choice on the hammer. For tongs, 1/2" V bit bolt tongs are a must, and it sure helps to have several different sizes of those. I have also heard good things about wolf jaw tongs but don't have personal experience with them. Yep, that's what anvils are for! Couldn't see the link you posted, but a nice anvil is in fact better than a RR rail if you can afford it... A tarp will work for now, as long as it is a safe distance from your fire. They are NOT fire proof (Don't ask me how I know...). Good luck, and happy smithin' when you get back. Looks like Sfeile and JHCC beat me to it. Both of them have good suggestions.