Meadowgrove

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  1. 7 months from first board cut to first fire Helped a friend to build a JABOD last fall. He didn't want to use it cause he wanted a "real forge"(a gas forge featuring every "don't" I've read on this site). After burning through lots of lpg without meaningful results he decided to give the dirtbox a try Our sophisticated bellows setup. I was pleasantly surprised about how quiet that old Nilfisk vacuum cleaner was. Set up the hose to cover about 5% of the tuyere and used a piece of cardboard as an air flow reducer. Note the high tech twigs'n'tape splinting keeping the hose in place. For a first project I melted/burned an old nail and some 20mm stock...
  2. Side blast info and illustrations by Charles R. Stevens I started out with a bottom blast tire rim forge, or should I say FSO. I didn't even bother to line it with anything, just filled it to the brim with wood chunks. Don't do this.
  3. Fiskars calls this model a "chisel hammer" (talttavasara) in Finland. Just pointing this out if the non English speaking crowd have trouble finding the hammer. It might have a completely different name in your language!
  4. I forgot to curse the subpar image quality! Any better? I had to tamper with contrast and colors to get the stamps to show up properly. Looks like 1-9-2. Last digit could be 1 or just random punch marks. Dunno... Edit: image looked a lot clearer on my computer but is a complete mess on my phone... Oh well.
  5. Got this unnamed anvil for 150€... 192 stamped on one side, no other markings. Weighs ~75 kg(165 lbs), maybe it's lost a few over the years... Some face damage, awful torch mark near the horn. Still rings beautifully, no buzz even at the damaged areas. Quick check resulted 75-80% rebound all over. Wire wheeled this thing for two hours, and it smelled like it was stored in a pigsty! The edges are a bit worrisome in places, but I'll let them be for the time being. Amassing some forging experience before modifying the poor thing is probably the wisest move.
  6. Hand forged Mbira added to ever-increasing to-do-list... Are the videos clipped from a longer piece? Hopefully it's something one can purchase.
  7. Don't get stuck in the shape of the anvil. Read through the Improvised anvils thread, it's an eye-opener. Especially considering your budget you'd ve better off starting with a hunk of steel. I'm a total noob, and I made an anvil out of an old roller I found from a paper mill trash bin. Cost me about 1/8 of a 115mm cutoff disc...
  8. Totally! My ancient draugr whatever bow has been sharpened to perfection. Corundum must be the springiest ore ever!
  9. Are we doing memes now? Good thing I had stocked up on fire resist potions...
  10. Anvil, this is how you remind me... Absolutely no "Nickle back" on a metal forum! (...I'll get me coat) I'd say a saddle is hefty important especially for us noobs. I wouldn't want to risk marring my anvil face due beginner's enthusiastic inaccuracy...
  11. MC Hammer, a few feet of garden hose(or similar tubing) split lengthwise could help with eg. the aforementioned bandsaw blade and other thin, sharp stuff. Safer to handle too. Put on some hose and the sharp edges just... Can't touch this!
  12. SLAG, I think it was "schlimmbesserung"(hope I got it right). I've been trying to add the word to our factory slang, for every upgrade seems to become one...
  13. There's been and influx of "old anvils" for sale on different Finnish buy/sell websites... I don't follow the brain-cooker so dunno if Forged in Flatus has started airing over here, too. Would you buy this beautiful piece of craftsmanship for 60€?
  14. Found this sweet roller in the factory trash bin last autumn and finally got around to shape it into an anvil. After flap wheeling the top I noticed the axle is a separate piece held in place by friction. Well, I wasn't planning to do any heavy sledging on this one. I guess it will serve me well until I find an affordable, purpose-built anvil... Still a little stumped(teehee!) on how should I mount the anvil.
  15. Sprinkle some in your beer to boost hemoglobin?