MC Hammer

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    Flintknapping, Blacksmithing, Indian Artifact Collecting

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  1. Very true Thomas! I'm thinking since they are students, they will be learning with small stuff.
  2. Remember to always have the anvil, forge and post vise set up to work in a triangular pattern. It's really more efficient to have each of those important tools a step or two away from each other. I'd think several stations set-up like that for students.
  3. I feel your pain Owen. I had to tear down a cabin on the land we bought this year, move all the parts, and rebuild it. I was stuck with a lot of the cob-job things the guy who built it did. I corrected as many as I could along the way. Greater than 7/12 pitch on my roof. I am worried about your pitch though because you can get a pretty severe snow load in Maine. That load transfers to your walls so you'll need to look at rafter ties and such to keep those walls from wanting to spread out under a full snow load. Anymore updates?
  4. Glad to help you get started. If it were me, I'd strip the blue paint off it like the one in the video and secure it really well to a wood stump. For the price, it should beat a piece of railroad track any day. The guy in the video would have told you if he thought it was a piece of junk. Let us know how it goes using it.
  5. If you want a cheap anvil that is better than a railroad track or a cheap Harbor Freight anvil, check this review of a cheaper 66 pound anvil by an experienced blacksmith: I was kinda surprised that it performed well enough for someone to use it to get started. I hate to see people go the railroad track route. I've heard so many guys talk with great regret all the years they spent using them and struggling to move metal. Again, not a great anvil but better than many other alternatives and it's affordable.
  6. Be patient. It took me over a year to find my first anvil and it was a lot of work to finally meet up with the guy and get it. Since then 160# Fisher fell into my shop for $50. I agree with Glenn, always calculate the price per pound when looking at an anvil. Anything above $3 per pound should be approaching pristine condition. When people pay these ridiculous prices it just keeps fueling the craziness that has driven even common blacksmithing tools up to prices that just don't make sense to those of us who use the tools. The #1 thing I hear from people now when I tell them I'm a blacksmith is "Man, those anvils are worth some money now." That's just the common guy, so anything from an antique store will be even more. When I talk to junk store and antique store owners they say this a lot: "Anvils, well yeah I've had a few and sold them. I made good money on them to. Know where I can find anymore?" So if the common guy thinks they are worth big money and the antique stores want to make good money on them, the end purchaser will see crazy prices. Keep looking at barn sales, garage sales, and of course use the TPAAAT method because it works. Somewhere a guy has stubbed his toe for the last time on grandad's old anvil he has sitting under the workshop table and you need to be the guy there first to "help" his toe feel better. This guy will mention at morning coffee at the diner and the waitress there will remember that you told her you were looking for an anvil and the rest is history. TPAAAT works just like that.
  7. @jlpservicesincThey do seem really "hard" and I think that's why the edges get chipped like they do. Mine has really great rebound like in the 9.5 - 9.7 return on a 10 inch drop.
  8. Looks to me like a Frankenstein fix to a cheaper anvil. That plate on top looks like it was welded (sort of) on top of the anvil after the original face fell off and that another piece was welded above the waist where perhaps there was some imperfection there??? Not much else we can tell you without seeing some numbers or letters giving us a clue as to the maker.
  9. She's a beauty. I have a 179 # German Trenton. Mine doesn't say "Germany" on it so I believe mine might be one of the earliest of German Trenton's. Yours is in a little bit better shape than mine, but you can't beat the beautiful rebound. Here's a picture of mine:
  10. JHCC, yes those are the exact shears that were given to me. Look to be the same size too. Heavy as heck. Nice to know I can cut up to 16 Ga sheet metal with them. I won't use them to hot cut anything. I feared exactly what Latticino said above and figured I'd ask around and see if anyone used them for hot cutting. Sometimes you can get away with things and usually others will know. I still like them and the price was right
  11. Anything is possible to do with the right tools and materials. Is it worth the time? Probably not. You will spend a lot of time and resources trying to recreate the wheel so to speak. If you are just looking for a challenge to see if you can do it, go for it, but if you intend on using it and diving into blacksmithing, Pnut it right, you can make a simple improvised anvil to get started.
  12. @Frosty I'll take a picture tonight, but these things are dang heavy and over 3 feet long. Pretty heavy duty. No doubt I could probably cut cold stock up to something like 1/16 of an inch. I guessed they were tin cutting shears based on what I found on the internet, but I think they could cut steel as well.
  13. I was given a pretty heavy and long pair of those tinsmith shears that have the ends that will fit in your anvil hardy hole. I know they are used for sheet metal, but would using them to hot cut thinner metals remove the temper of the shear blades and ruin them for their original purpose. Has anyone here used them for hot cutting? I can see them being useful for cutting thinner stock for ornamental work instead of using a chisel. Just thought I'd ask since most people mistake them for a blacksmith tool.
  14. Yeah the dealer thing does grind my grits. I was at a tax auction for the property next to mine. My wife and I saved every scrap we could to go to the auction and own that nice piece of woods. Sitting in the same row were two idiots discussing how they could buy the property, take the timber out and get the gravel out of it then let it go back up for taxes again. All they cared about was greed and making money off it. I'm all for capitalism, but when greed drives you it changes you. Funny end to the story was that I got outbid at auction by a late comer. I set my price and stopped bidding when it went over. I waited for the guy to exit the auction and introduced myself to him. Turns out we went to the same high school back in the day and I told him to park anytime in my driveway to have access to his land. 7 months later he came to me wanting to sell. He'd even built a cabin on the property. Sometimes there is a happy ending. The same thing can happen with anvils. Nope, not selling.........2 hour trip that turns out to be a bust........then one day one of those efforts pays off when the guy not selling decides to call you or the 2 hour trip guy says that he just found another anvil. Sometimes you just have to wait out your impatience.
  15. When I got my first anvil I was so happy and sent pictures of it to my friend who was a farrier. He said "Not bad, but you need to take that to a machine shop and get the surface milled flat and the edges squared up." Luckily, I'd been reading everything I could on anvils including everything here and I knew better. My first anvil is the German Trenton I own still and is my main anvil. Think of the history I would have ruined on the advice of someone I thought knew a great deal on the subject. I think today there's the mindset that when you start smithing you need perfect tools. This is how an anvil should look pervades the thoughts of the newbie smith. Like Jennifer touched on, we've forgotten how to make do with used things. Many things are ruined this way. Yes, I agree, you paid for a tool and it's yours but how short sighted. How many smiths fed their families off my German Trenton? They got that thing with all its blemishes and accepted them as part of it being a used tool then they got to work to feed their families. How arrogant would I be to turn my nose up at the slight sway and other minor issues? I'd say very arrogant if I'd decided to make it "perfect" when for 130 years that anvil serviced the needs of others yet somehow it reaches me and it's not good enough. I'm just the most recent caretaker of that anvil and it's my duty to pass it on to someone someday with all my history of use.