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  1. I'd scoop that up in a heart beat. Personally, I'd use the edge as is and see if the crack gets bigger. If not, carry on. If it expands, whip out the grinder. It all depends on the size of work done on it too.
  2. Hmmm, I get those strange circles on my anvil too! Wonder what they're from? Might have to have a cold one and think on it.
  3. It's called c tek. Most of it that I've seen was a more unform honeycomb though.
  4. The bosses might not be as isolated as others but that's a fine set of tongs. It's good that you are adding in some of things that set apart good pair tongs from a pair of tong. The flaired out reins and the jaws with a perpendicular groove are great additions. Keep working on insolating the boss and you might also want to use more material for your rivet. When you get to the point you are it becomes about working on refining each part, jaws, boss and reins. You learn something from every pair and every pair gets better.
  5. I've never contributed to one of these monthly builds but I've been looking at an old Mercury glass mirror that fell off the wall of my house. It would be a bigger project than I've taken on before so I've put off doing it. I might have to tie into it for this though. By the way, it was in the original wood frame when it fell and I don't think the frame can be salvaged.
  6. Yee of little faith...I agree.
  7. While I was somewhat playing devils advocate earlier about the anvil stand and what I intially took for the point of this thread, I whole heartedly agree that a smiths shop needs to look as professional as he or she has the means to do. Often times a shop is where a person can showcase their ability, not for other people but for them selves. It shows a pride in their work and a love for what they do. Here are my anvil stands by the way. Both are obviously wood but not your run of the mill stump. I also added a picture of my "tv tray" that I use instead of a shelf attached to my stand so I can move it around as I need it.
  8. I appreciate the link but I'm happy with my horn pointing south.
  9. That looks outstanding! I really like the square flat face and round rounding face.
  10. Glenn, you've give me some couple of ideas but more importantly started me looking at my anvils for new ways to use them. Going back to how I think this thread probably started, left or right horn direction. After looking at my forge I realized that I keep my anvil 60/40 inline with my forge with the 60% within the easy one step with the horn to the left, heel facing the forge. I realize that I fairly often use it with the horn to the right so I've set it up like that without thinking it, I've just adjusted things every so often til I was more efficient. I'd say it's a step and half to get to my off side and usually when I'm doing that I'm working on heavier pieces that will retain heat a little longer.
  11. When you both leave feeling like you're steeling is the best kind of deal. You usually know it's fair when both parties feel like they got screwed.
  12. That's a beauty of a bullet vise. Have I seen that on Instagram?
  13. No one really knows what those marks signify. Richard Postman suspects they are inspectors marks. Yours is the coolest one I've seen.
  14. Really, it's not about the disk. It's more about being careful and not going overboard. As often is done here, this information is not necessarily directed at Bart but to anyone else reading this who might be new to smithing and think they need to do a lot of clean up/grinding on their newly purchased, previously owned anvil. As you all know, not all grinding is bad but it could be easy for someone who's never had an anvil before to get carried away trying to "bring this anvil back to life". I've often read the suggestion that people should spend a year getting to know their anvil before doing any sort of modification and I agree with this. But a little bit of work on an anvil like this is more of a safety issue and any grinding on an anvil should be done with care lest more damage be done than good. That's why I suggested a worn out, broken in or less aggressive disk.
  15. Until recently, it's had been a few year since I'd had an anvil with handling holes, the anvils I've been using are cast steel. I had never thought of using the handling holes for anything when I did have them though. After reading Glens post and having an anvil with handling hole again I'm going to be looking for ways to use them. Great ideas here.