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  1. For a “used” anvil it looks pretty good. I have a JB, not as clean edged as that though. Ball bearing bounce is 90% + though...
  2. Here’s mine, made from an alder trunk. Bolted it to the floor, and attached two Leg vices, and and a small vice mounted vertically.
  3. If you are new to blacksmithing, as you say, maybe develop some other blacksmithing skills first. In my experience forge welding isn’t a “basic” skill, it’s a “tricky” one. I’ve been been blacksmithing for about 18 months and forge welding can be very hard. I was making some chain links a couple of months ago and one or two pretty much looked like yours... it’s fine, it’s learning but you will get less frustrated and more confident developing other skills first. As you do other things you’ll learn about gauging temperature, about what you can get away with and what you can’t. All useful stuff when you do get around to forge welding down the line
  4. I think it worked for its keep for a few years but for the last 30 years it was at first a decorative feature in this guy’s hallway after he came across it in a junk store. He had done some restoration then including ouling the leather. His wife told him to move it out 20 years ago and since then he had it under a blanket in a garage. The leather soaks up any neatsfoot oil I put on it. I guess i’ll Keep reapplying .
  5. I picked up a lovely set of Alldays and Onions bellows on ebay and have restored them, and put them to use. Maybe 125 years old I reckon. Triple chamber, works smoothly. Leather is original, just treated with “neatsfoot” oil. A little woodworm, now treated. The top board is warped, but doesn’t affect the function and adds to its charm. At first I think one of the leather flap valves was sticking, I think, and the top chamber wasn't expanding, and I was dreading having to unpin the leather bellows but as I used it, it began working and now is working just fine. I have hooked it up to my modern side blower forge by cutting a hole in the back so I can run electric, manual either or. One of the cast iron weights was missing, but have replaced with a mild steel ball, almost as good. I read somewhere they may have been painted red, so gave em a lick and then the transfer pipe on the side that passes the air between chambers looked like it needed brightening up, so that got the same treatment. The lever is original ash, just BLO and it looks fine. At some stage I’ll need to flip the frame so it blows the same side as the lever - a more awkward task then I expected. I spent an hour or two on the assumption I could just unbolt the frame , rotate the bellows 180 and bolt it back together, but over the decades of use in the past the cross rods have slightly deformed and wouldn't quite fit, when I switched it, so I need to plan ahead and get a couple of sons with muscles to help. A lovely object, and great to use with my similarly aged anvil and vices. It clicks and heaves and whispers as I use it, in a very relaxing peaceful repetitive sound - harder work but quieter than the noisy electric fan
  6. Henry Rogers and Sons were hardware suppliers in Wolverhampton between 1830 and 1900. They would have sold the anvil but it may have been made by another local company. They did make engine parts so it is possible they made the anvil. They also made/sold safes. Their headquarrters was in Union St, Wolverhampton but they had international sales offices, and made or sold all sorts of metal and china objects. The founder , William Henry Rogers was a well known successful businessman, involved in funding railways, and also made significant benevolent donations in the area.
  7. Fantastic anvil, fantastic price. If you can move it easily - i got one a similar weight but had to rent a tripod and winch to help me move it from a ladies garden, where it was an ornament.
  8. Sorry all one file now. Ping me if you want me to email you a cooy.
  9. I now have two files from the Indian investigation into metal cased rockets, one the words and the other the pictures. I think they will overwhelm the attached file mechanism. I can however email them to anyone who would like to see it. Its pretty interesting. Email me at the follwoing email address, inserting an @ sign where you see a capital A. (Doing this to stop spam). If there’s a better way of making files available, let me know.
  10. Ok, got permission to reproduce the Indian analysis paper. i guess I can just post it as an attachment here? Would that work? Advice appreciated on now to post if its best to do it some other way. Thanks for your comments, slag, got all that and Ive written elsewhere about most of that - see the link I posted earlier.
  11. TP - They have done some sectioning and analysis, details to follow as soon as I get permission to post. Interestingly, Ive just seen that carbon comes out at 0.25- 0.35 % in some rockets and less in others. Other trace elements negligible. The metal is 2- 4mm thick, with an apparent clay coating on the inside. The end caps are apparently hammered on both ends. I hope to meet Dr Williams ar a meeting of the Arms and Armour Society at the Tower of London next week. I’ll try and get permission to post the paper written by the Indian Team.
  12. Thanks Charles, I’ll make sure they keep an eye out for signs of rivetting
  13. Frosty, I too would have put a fold in it, something like this picture attached from a personal experiment, but I’m assured from India that it was not the case, and that their steel was thicker. In my other life, I have written about the development of rockets here, should you be interested. I’ll get permission from India and post some of their finds, which I think are fascinating.
  14. Thanks TP, that’s useful. I have a copy of the Golden age of Rocketry. Indians have found some rockets, and examined them, but cannot find any apparent seam, but they are pretty rusty. From what you say, it’s possible their work simply hammered out the seam. Someone is suggesting the forge welding would have been done at 600 C, (1100F) but that seems a little low to me, for steel 2- 3mm thick...any thoughts? Congreve takes a lot of credit, perhaps too much, and it’s clear the Indians were producing, in quantity, metal cased rockets a decade or two before Congreve, whose contribution was a more formal, repeatable industrial process and consistent propellant My own contribution was highlighting that Irish rebels in 1803 used metal cased rockets against the Brits, (designs provided by the French who got them independently from the Indians..) and one of those rebels ended up working for Congreve... Congreve did have access to captured Indian rockets, but there is little in the archives. Two are in deep storage in a museum in UK and we cant have access. Congreve was very secretive... . But now the Indians have recovered so many rockets (in a well!), they are conducting research. Im meeting one of their team next week, so wanted to check some of the engineering concepts of manufacture.