foundryguy

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    Holland Michigan
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  1. Show me your anvil

    I have had a couple people message me asking if I could make one in iron or ductile or not hardened at a cheap price, i tell them to keep on walking! So on the photo that Koek posted, that is awesome! What would that be made of in the 1800s that would hold up for all these years?
  2. Show me your anvil

    Thank you for the explanation. The badge is getting smaller as we speak. I am looking forward to getting a few cast and hopefully good field reports. Casting pics in a week or so!
  3. Show me your anvil

    I can not rework the tooling at this point other than the reduction of my badge or it will be 2019 before I can make a casting. Too many opinions led me in too many directions on this site and others. Ask 100 Smiths and I get 199 different answers. A perfect anvil to one person will have a dozen flaws or errors to the next person. Its kind of like comparing a Chevy to a BMW. Neither is perfect that is why I own both! On the little 85 lber, i found the pattern and only added the name and hardy. I plan on changing the name to Holland Anvil instead of my company name. What is ASO? I did not follow that? My anvils are cast solid and hardened throughout, not a surface hardening. I added the name in a recess so it can not be easily removed by someone. Also, in the last photo JLP posted it looks like the hardy does not go through the anvil at all and if it did it a long shaft would hit the base? Maybe its a camera angle? I also had several people direct me to put the upsetting block and the shelf on opposite sides unlike the photo above. They called it a knuckle buster? It is a bit more difficult to cast but we did make that change.
  4. Show me your anvil

    Possibly a beneficial bi-product but it should be quite smooth if it works.
  5. Show me your anvil

    My 400 double horn is taking shape. CAD says it will come in at 420 raw weight so finish weight should be in the 405 range. Shelf is on the opposite side of the step seen here. Today I am going to reduce the size of the badge. My design guy got carried away as you can see on the photo. The casting photo is my 200 and I plan on making the same badge size and depth. I think we scaled it up on the computer and it is overwhelming in my opinion. The hardy and hole will be on the same end as seen by the core prints. Hoping to cast the hole like the hardy as drilling through this much H13 is not fun. I should be casting a couple of these next week in H13 I hope it is OK to say on here if not let me know. I have a FB page called Holland Anvil and i will be updating progress as well as here at times.
  6. Show me your anvil

    I will be in touch when I get it machined and hardened and meet you at the Bear sometime. There is a demonstration at the Shelby blacksmith Supply on Saturday. Danvers Child from Lafayette Indiana, he is a well respected farrier. I might be up there as I would like to meet him. This site has given me great info and it's fun to show what I am up to!
  7. Show me your anvil

    I am not on here to sell as I have no inventory and need to set things up with a website. $6 to 7 a lb based on actual weight if I can get things rolling. Its a very expensive part to make to this spec. Hopefully the quality will justify the investment. I appreciate all the comments, support and ideas. A 400 and 450 double horn are in the works
  8. Show me your anvil

    My first 200 lb H13 anvil casting. 198 lbs before machining. Anxious to get this tool completed
  9. Holland Anvils

    Thank you for the kind words on my anvil. I will keep you posted on the larger versions in the coming weeks
  10. Show me your anvil

    Yes sir, that is a hardness number that is not common in the casting world. .45 C is not uncommon but I do not pour it often. We chose H13 as it is a big runner for us and very common at heat treat facilities. My biggest hurdle is heat treat cost. $0.30 to anneal so we can machine them and $1.30 per lb to harden. I have had requests from folks who want them green (not heat treated), not machined or in iron but I do not want anything with my name on it out there that is not completed and in spec. I am in Hart once a week during asparagus season so maybe we can meet up then.
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    JLBlohm, I am not sure if H13 can be hardened above 55Rc and honestly i am not sure what material could be? 98% of the H13 I sell is in an annealed condition for machining purposes and that is 20 to 25 Rc. Foundry people talk in BHn hardness and anything over 35 Rc is considered a very hard casting. I pour some nihard and manganese steel but a good hit with a sledge and you could break the horn off, not just chip the part and you could never machine it flat. I would love to know the material something that hard is made of. That said, the only way to know is to burn a small sample on a spectrometer to check chemistry as I am always skeptical. Also, my shop is in Holland and i have property up by you. If you ever care to see my product send me a private message and maybe we can rendezvous at the Brown Bear some time.
  12. Show me your anvil

    The patterns on the larger anvils are done and being cast this week. I made a 4th anvil, double horn, 400 lbs with a shelf, it is really cool! My hardness is 52 to 55, you may be able to get them harder. Thanks for the note on the heel, three people wrote me telling me I am all wrong, you are the 4th that likes it? Cheers!
  13. Show me your anvil

    Fascinating! Thank you for the followup. Much more strength to the shelf than the one I commented on.
  14. Show me your anvil

    I did find some church window pics but thank you for yours. 8624 is a common structural steel and poured by any steel foundry in the country. You see it everyday in construction equipment such as dozers or loaders. H13 is a tool steel used in permanent molds and extrusion dies, mostly for casting aluminum. The advantage of H13 is you can get it harder and it is designed to work with hot materials with out changing its hardness or characteristics. Anyway, I am sure the other castings work fine for the users. Question, the tab on the top? What is that called and designed for? I have seen it on different designs. Cheers!