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  1. Thank you Lou, I was scouring the forum for info on making a propane forge and stumbled on this page. Extremely detailed and helpful without getting too technical!
  2. I finally had time to get my anvil mounted on a stump I placed in the ground a couple weeks ago. Very excited to start using it!
  3. I plan on it Chris! Irondragon, I have seen to not do anything to the face but hammer hot steel on it. Thank you for the information on the mark!
  4. Hello all, I have been on the lookout for a new anvil for some time, but around my area, they have always been prohibitively expensive. I found this on Craigslist for $450, listed as a 125 lb Vulcan anvil. It came with a hardy cut off tool (not pictured). It has an arm and hammer logo on the side and a raised "10 ." underneath the horn. Is the 10 just the marking of the weight of the anvil?
  5. Thanks JHCC, I will have to do so next time I get the chance!
  6. I made these over the last few days. They include three hooks of varying sizes as well as a hot cut tool I ground out of a jackhammer bit. Not the cleanest or straightest grind, but I was worried about making the edge too thin. It cuts well, however I have to find a way to mount it, as I dont have an anvil with a hardy hole! I have been improving my punching, as the holes have been getting cleaner.
  7. Congratulations on the anvil! Great find!
  8. Made these two hooks this afternoon. One was a traditional hook, and the other was an attempt at a double hook. The double turned out a lot rougher.
  9. That is a lot of work for sure! But it looks excellent and matches the aesthetic of the wall.
  10. Looks awesome! I really like the look of the plain steel with the bone handle.
  11. I may have jumped into making tongs a bit prematurely, as evidenced by the tongs themselves. However, I'm glad of the experience, and they will make a good set piece to see how far I have come after a lot more practice, as you said Frosty. Frosty, thank your for your words of encouragement and advice with practice. I will definitely be practicing more as time allows. Thomas, I didnt have a rivet the right size, so I hammered one off of a really long piece of stock and it ended up being really unwieldy to try and hammer in. I will remember to use that rule when I rivet in the future
  12. Hello, I havent had the opportunity to forge in several months. Finally had the chance to do so. I am a beginner, so I wanted to make a pair of tongs, as it seemed good practice. It was quite the adventure, especially trying to rivet them together, which kinda failed... Overall, they are ugly, crooked, and beginner tongs, but they are still tongs.
  13. Hello all, I have been browsing this site for the last couple weeks, since I have always wanted to start smithing. I finally have started, using a gas forge and a railroad track anvil, with the help of my sister-in-law's father who smiths. Made this today, first item out of 3/8" mild steel. Glad to be starting on this journey! Thanks, Mandragoran
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