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About Arthur210

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    Quebec City, Qc, Canada
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    Historical recreation, archery
  1. My first anvil

    Indeed, that third line I was able to read. First line I am pretty much hopeless anyone can guess at. Second line is the most intriguing, with what looks like "CH" with perhaps an "A" after that. Or perhaps the first letters are "CI" with an "M" or "N" after that. That word seems shorter than the first line's, about 6 letters. Wondering if any anvil maker's name would fit that. The markings are stamped into the anvil.
  2. My first anvil

    Anyone has any idea what the faint writing might be? Still curious about my new anvil's id. Haven't seen many anvils with the pritchel hole near the horn (it actually comes out at the base of the horn), and it doesn't look like this was drilled after the fact. So this might be a clue.
  3. It followed me home

    From the lead I got when I purchased the leg vise last week, bought this 86-pound anvil with a shortened horn for C$120 (including 2 pairs of tongs). More details and pictures here.
  4. Purchased this anvil yesterday. The gentleman had three anvil of about 100 pounds. The other two were cleaner and looked nicer, but this one had the best rebound at over 70% even with the rusted face. The sound under the hammer was also good and even thoughout the face. Damage didn't look severe. It was also the least expensive at C$120 (roughly US$95 at current exchange rates), with the other two being about 3 times that price. Also got 2 pair of tongs for that price. I could see the marking of "3 7" so I knew it was originally 89 pounds. So at just a bit over $1 per pound I figured this would get me started and could eventually become my travelling anvil. At the time, I couldn't see any marking other than the weight and did not notice the color line in the rust. Brought it home, cleaned it up and tested the rebound again, though unmounted to a solid base. Rebound is 80% in most spots, with one spot at 90% (close to the hardy) and one at about 70% (in the middle of the sway). Final weight is 86 pounds. It is only while cleaning it up that I noticed some faint markings. Three lines of them, the botton one I can make out as being "Warranted". Top one is almost completely illegible and the middle one I can only make out a few letters. Seem to start with "CH" with perhaps an "A" afterwards. No other markings on the feet or bottom. I notice the coloration line is still there. Maybe that was from the anvil being half-burried in mud for a long time? It didn't sound or react any differently from one side to the other. Here's a full set of pictures of the anvil cleaned up. The markings made me curious. Anyone cares to make a guess at its make and origin? Cheers!
  5. It followed me home

    Followed me home yesterday evening, a 5" leg vise in great condition. The screw looks perfect to my inexperienced eyes. It's a beast, weighting 75 pounds. I think I paid a fair price at C$165 (which means roughly US$130 at current exchange rates), particularly considering it was less than a 30 minutes drive from my home. And the guy I bought it from gave me a lead on an anvil.
  6. Workshop Plans

    Workshop update: Almost done with the exterior work. I have installed the windows, door and siding. All that's left are the finishing touches (soffit and fascia).
  7. Do Wood Forges Need Firebricks?

    I'm suprised none of the regular mentioned it, but if you put your location in your profile you may be surprised to discover that other IFI members live in your area. They may be able to suggest places where you could get coal at a reasonable price or, barring that, how to find other local resources.
  8. Hello from Canada!

    Bienvenue à bord SlabPloX! Not sure you consider Quebec City to be within driving distance, but if you pass by let me know. I'm a new to the craft myself and currently building my workshop, but always interested in exchanging with other smiths. Cheers! Arthur
  9. Workshop Plans

    Workshop update: The roof is done, including the chimney. All that's left is to add the spark arrestor to the chimney cap. I've started working on the inside while I wait for the siding and windows to be delivered. I made a mistake in not ordering those sooner, but it's not like there's nothing else to do in the meantime.
  10. I'm not sure the bottom plate will provide any advantage, except to increase the noise level... More knowledgeable members can certainly correct me if I'm wrong.
  11. intro from Canada!

    Salut Antione! Where exactly in Quebec are you?
  12. Hello from Montreal south-shore

    I'm going for a charcoal forge as my main, though I may eventually add a propane forge for heat treatment later on. Thanks!
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    None whatsoever !
  14. Workshop Plans

    Much progress over the last few weeks, since I was on vacation. Poured the concrete slab before going away to Pennsic War (a big SCA event). Once I came back I started putting up the structure, with much help from my dad. Here's a few pictures of the progress... I'm starting to install the roofing this week.
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