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  1. Timber Ridge Forge

    Forge as a foundry

    Thanks for the information so far the research I have done has suggested borax as an additive but will do step by step research before I give it a go. As for the removal of the crucible I have several tongs from foundries and wheel Wright’s(extra long) that don’t serve a practical purpose in my shop so a little modification and they should work perfectly for the project.
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    Forge as a foundry

    Thanks frosty. I figured I would give it a go but wasn’t sure if the geometry was going to make it impossible(or sometype of convection I couldn’t conceive). I may consider a melter if I decide to try casting anything(got a ton of mini anvils I have kind of wanted to cast) will see how this goes first.
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    Forge as a foundry

    Just to be clear this is not an area of expertise I have. I would welcome any information. I have been blacksmithing for a decade now. I am not trying to reinvent the wheel but I am interested in gaining some more knowledge. I run a gutter company and get quite a bit of copper gutters and downspout(I would cut out the lead joints)I was curious if it is a simple enough process given the equipment I have a twin burner propane forge lined with 2" of #8 kaowool and sealed with a refractory cement. Both ends are open but can be sealed with fire brick for the process. I have a small crucible with lid for the project. I have always enjoyed red smithing. I feel I could do a lot with the copper ingots. I am aware the cost of propane might not make it profitable but that’s not the point for me. Anyways if it’s doable and realistically I would appreciate the advice(I am always trying to expand my skill set).
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    Aspiring blacksmith wishing for personal lessons

    Yeah like many of the other guys said. I will say to make a sword with traditional methods and make anything other then a piece of junk takes years and years. It also requires an apprenticeship to learn and this education is rarely if every free having said that I wish your luck. I would suggest you dial your expectations way down and start at the beginning and work your way too it.
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    Finding a good scrapyard

    Yeah I live south of you and when ever I get up north. I have hit up dozens of junk yards and found one anvil once. Don’t expect to find one there you will be looking for many years
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    Early Hay Budden

    Yeah it was definitely a find. I love the history of blacksmith equipment.
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    Early Hay Budden

    Yeah before Hay-Budden they started making anvils under there own brand they made it for a company called S.D Kimbark out of Chicago this is one of the two makers marks they had. I found this Northern Wisconsin. I also have its much bigger cousin a 1st year 350lbs(my main shop anvil) with most of that maker’s mark gone. Price wise I actually bought it with the intent as an investment since the collector market is so high right now.
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    Early Hay Budden

    I just picked up this nice little early Hay Budden.
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    Largest vintage anvil

    [Ad hominem attack removed] The railroad repair shop is mostly a thing of the past. Almost all work on the railroad today doesn’t require an anvil and most certainly nothing larger then a 500lbs. They have factories for anything made and only use shops primarily for Maintenance [Further uncharitable language removed]
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    Largest vintage anvil

    Ranchman like it said in my whole post. Not just the part you captioned. you don’t need a bigger one you may want one but a larger one won’t help you.
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    Largest vintage anvil

    Good point I can’t think of anything a blacksmith really needs an anvil that weights over 500lbs for. I have a 350lbs Hay Budden and even with its damage it’s got more then enough surface to work with. The only people that want something bigger are collectors.
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    Largest vintage anvil

    I am aware of the show ones out there . I was more curious about actual anvils and again vintage not anything modern.
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    Largest vintage anvil

    So every so often I have some one ask me about buying a large 1000lbs + anvil. It’s normally a vintage anvil nothing modern. I am curious what’s the largest vintage anvil known to exist. I know of the 1400lbs Wilkinson anything larger?
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    Complete blacksmithing setups for sale

    I think it’s the reality of any fad. I believe when these young folks see something on a show. They generally, are not aware of the amount of actual work it takes to become a blacksmith. I use to teach and my method was pretty simple from the people who really wanted to learn and those who just thought it was cool. I would give them a dull hacksaw and car spring. I would tell them to cut a piece off. It normally took an hour or so. I then had them anneal the metal. That was the first class if you showed up too the next class 90% didn’t. I would teach them basic skills. I think when they realize what they see on tv and what blacksmithing actually is they lose interest fast. Thus the harbor freight brake drumb blacksmith starter kits you see for sale a lot.
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    Power hammer tools id

    Yeah I have gone to Illinois valley blacksmith meetings a few times over the years. I was just hoping someone had an online resource that might be already setup like a pdf or something so I could use it as a reference.