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  1. Oh believe me they arnt just dodgy looking. Lol. They are temporary till I get the front deck built. My little tiny house is definatly a work in progress to be sure.
  2. Finished figuring out my anvil mount system. Wanted something that would hold it secure but allow it to be brought inside when not being used.
  3. Dawson, Blacksmithing shapes steel into everything from tools, to chandeliers, to gates, to statues, to swords and knifes, to small delicate jewelry. And the tools required vary just as greatly.. If you were making gates and large pieces an air hammer would be helpful, knifes a grinder, statues a good welding rig. Ect. It's not possable to be specific in an answer for you without knowing which facet of the craft you are going to focus on.
  4. Zach, I am a very green new smith as well. One place that I have found several ideas has actually been my local library. They only had three books on blacksmithing but one was a primer (book for someone with little to no knowledge on a subject) and the other two were both beginner blacksmith books with project ideas. Welcome to the addiction.
  5. Congratulations. Shes a pretty one. Make sure you do not grind or mill on the face at all. One of the sites many anvil gurus will chime in shortly I'm sure.
  6. Thankyou all. I'll have to go check the woodshop and see if I have a draw knife out there. Still so many tools to go through.
  7. Sweet. Ty much. So exciting. I had no idea oak was so dense, it's going to add a lot more mass to my anvil. Little instant karma. The tree went down on an older neighbor's property. The power company cut it up and left it so I went to help them out and haul some off and stack the rest out of their yard. All the other pieces were 14-16 inches. This was the only large chunk and it was.the perfect 22" I needed with a cross section that's just a bit larger then my anvil base, and the cuts are almost dead parallel.
  8. A spud? It's only been down a few days. Was a storm drop the power company cut up to clear some lines.
  9. Found an oak log with the correct height and size to mount my anvil a few days ago. Am looking for tips on good ways to remove the bark. Also what would be a good finish to use to seal the log to prevent rot. I live in florida and so humidity is always high. I've already figured out the mounting once I have it cleaned up.
  10. Helped an older couple clear some downed oak yesterday. Managed to find this big old log, just the right size and height for mounting my anvil.
  11. My God that is beautiful. Never ceases to amaze me how truly well made and durable the machines of the past are. Truly a testament to past generations and a challenge for future ones.
  12. Thrum. Could you post a picture dead from above the cutting shelf. I'm curious if the horn is centered to the larger or smaller face width.
  13. Grabbed these at a barn sale for a song, $1 for the hammer and $0.25 each for the punch and the chisel. They both need some dressing but for that price I could care less. The cross pein is the weight of a light claw hammer.
  14. That's my whole property. Debris, junk, and outbuildings. Thousands of spiders. The banana spiders get especially large.
  15. More than a little drier. I'm in north central Florida. Come the rainy season we can get that kind of rainfall in a matter of days. Dont get as many rattle snakes. Do get water moccasin though.
  16. Every day I learn more and more that Texas is a lot like Florida, but drier. Just had to kill a few widows in the greenhouse last week. Though I dknt get many of them compared to the recluses and the banana spiders.
  17. Wish I was still up that way. It's a very cool old piece. Hit fredricks at the mart and have some beef jerky for me.
  18. Part of my wanted to say eagle. Part wanted to say arm with hammer
  19. Also make sure you dont grind or mill the face. Hot steel hammered on it is all she need
  20. Anvils tend not to be the kind of thing most people will ship. So pricing tends to be regional. So if you look at other anvils that have been for sale in your area and look at price per pound they form a range for your area. Thomas is saying that that style of anvil would fall lower on that range but it is in good shape and so will do a little better than a similar style/construction style of anvil in worse condition. Example: the anvils in my area range from $4-8/pound. That anvil would fall closer to the four dollar a pound range due to the style but I might get 5 a pound in my area due to the condition. Other factors that you need to check are ring and rebound. These indicate condition far better than appearance and have a HUGE impact on value.
  21. exciting!!! We can't wait to see pictures.