Irondragon Forge & Clay

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    Eureka Springs, Arkansas U.S.A.

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    I know what happened to Piddler's videos and so do you.
  2. Building the Ultimate Personal Blacksmith Shop

    Where might that be. If you will edit your profile to show your location, you may be surprised how many members are near you and some answers are location dependent.
  3. First forge hopefully only forge

    I have found that tools that can do a little bit of everything, do nothing well. I am very wary of Youtube videos when it comes to building potentially dangerous equipment by people who haven't a clue on how to build them. BTW: welcome to IFI, if you edit your profile to show your location, you may be surprised how many members are near you and a lot of answers are location dependent.
  4. Help date my Trenton

    Your stepdad is very good to you. Like Thomas said, value of anvils are very location dependent. If you edit your profile to show your location, I'm sure some of the gang will give you a pretty good estimate of the value and many may be near you to visit and check out the ring & rebound. In my area it would sell for $300-$400 depending on condition but your pictures do not show the face... if you have read through some of the threads, I'm sure you have seen the advice about not grinding or welding on your anvil, a wire brush is fine for cleaning it up.
  5. southern crescent anvil

    As Thomas says, location is an important factor. If you will go to your profile and edit it to show your location, I'm sure a general idea of the price range will be forth coming from the members who are familiar with Southern Crescent anvils. BTW: there is no comparison to a HB or PW anvil. Pictures of it would help too.
  6. New to the crew... And knife making

    Hi Louie, if you will edit your profile to show your location you may be surprised how many members are near you and a lot of answers are location dependent. We will probably not remember you are in Suwannee County FL after we leave this post. Your knives look good to me and you will be surprised how hot metal moves to make any kind you want.
  7. It followed me home

    On the way home from a BOA meeting we stopped at a "junk shop". Picked up a nice pair of tongs, 3 Nicholson rasp's and an old file, a chisel and punch, 2 star drills, a large punch and a handled hot chisel.
  8. kick press

    Learned something new today. I had never heard of a kick press before, just assumed treadle hammer. Google showed a lot of pictures of them and yes probably more suited for light work.
  9. Age of a 130# hay budden

    Welcome to the forum. If you edit your profile to show your location, you may be surprised how many of the gang are near you and a lot of answers are location dependent. As far as when your Hay Budden was made someone with a copy of Anvils in America will be able to tell you approximately when she was made. Hay Budden started using an A prefix to the serial number around 1918 so yours was made after that date. It's a good looking usable anvil just as it sits, however many anvils have been ruined by welding and grinding on the faces. I hope seriously that hasn't happened to your excellent anvil. How is the ring and rebound on it? Might want to read through this thread,
  10. Going to check this guy out any idea on the maker?

    Yep..we have an MP farriers anvil (90lb) like that one it's handy for light work but not our "go to" anvil.
  11. kick press

    If you could post a couple of pictures, it will help in identifying it. Most call them treadle hammers. We have one at ESSA although not as large it comes in very handy with die, chisel, and punch work.
  12. What Anvil is most common in your area for sale?

    Same here in 30 years, I have found maybe 6 or 8 anvils and only 3 were worth buying (which I did). My first was a Vulcan 113 pounds and in good shape, which I still use and just recently a 90 pound farriers cast steel and the latest Hay Budden 106 pounds that has become a favorite. I found a guy who has 3 Vulcan's that were so beat up I wouldn't use them for a door stop and he wanted something like $6 a pound. Oh and I did buy a 110 pound $35 steel block for an improvised anvil that works just as well as the London Patterns.
  13. New guy - building a forge

    I learned to never weld more in the morning, than you can grind off in the afternoon.
  14. Running out of excuses

    I intended to make some eye punches for my wife, who is making a cobra out of an old rasp. So out to the forge I go but before I fire it up, I had to break up some coal lumps the size of a fist. Then I found some nails I made to anchor an anvil that I moved outside last week so I set them in the stump, quietened that cast steel farriers anvil set in calking really well. Oh yah make some punches, but the dog is barking like a crazy person. Went to check on that and found a small fox that she had cornered in a big brush pile. Drag her inside the house so it could make it's escape. Hmmm time for a nap, guess I'll make the punches tomorrow when I get back from the doctor appointment. Got back from the doctors and was so elated that my CT scans came out clear that I forgot about the punches and now it's too cold outside to do any forging.
  15. Manipulating a big hammer, installation

    That's how I moved my Star Hammer standing up. I used 1/2 inch galvanized water pipe cut into 3 foot sections. Used 8 pieces under the base, moved it about six inches, took the pieces that ran out the back and moved them to the front always having 6 pieces under the base. Took about five minutes to move it 30 feet.