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Will Brouwers

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  1. Frosty, I have loved seeing each and every one of your posts, and this one was no exception, especially the point where I posted another reply lol! I am a little confused on how I would split the bricks in half...that requires a brick splitting saw blade, right? And wouldn't it make the bricks more fragile? I am planning on using the hard brick. I am also confused on the V trench sides. Is this so that there is less fuel used/wasted? 3/4 for tuyere pipe is what I have heard Charles, the side blast aficionado, use.
  2. I think I may have found a better solution. There were two drawers in this cabinet. I was going to scrap them, but I might make them into a sort of WW1 style portable forge. I would again line it with firebrick or even normal brick...
  3. Hello, I have been lurking around here, learning and gleaning from the trove of knowledge in this forum. I have finally got all the parts I need to build a forge the way that will suit me best. I just need some professionals to bounce my ideas off of. To begin, this whole step up will all need to be portable, as the apartment that my wife and I are renting has a small backyard, and she doesn't want all this stuff in the living room. It has to go to the basement to be hauled out every time I use it. As you can see in the picture, this old metal cabinet will be my forge base/tabl
  4. After reading almost every post and getting so many different ideas on an anvil stand, I decided to go with a style copied from Essential Craftsman on YouTube, (and maybe some of you as well). I drilled four 1/2 in holes, took 1/2 in threaded rod, and two pieces of flat stock and bolted it all together. The stump is a little small, and I am also a little worried about it splitting, but I think it should work for my hobbying purposes. I am also planning on cutting the excess threaded rod. One more thing, just to make you guys laugh, but I got the auger stuck two times. I had to tak
  5. Thank you all so much for replying. Thomas, I agree that if it is a good anvil, it doesn’t matter who makes it! However, I want to know all I can about my anvil. I am hoping to get the AIA book in the future. I want to know what logo is on the side of my anvil, and what the U by the pritchel hole stands for. I am so appreciative of all the time everyone has taken to look at and think over my anvil.
  6. Dan, can I see the logo on your anvil? What is the serial number on it?
  7. I guess you are right. I tried taking a pencil and shading over it on a piece of paper, but it didn’t help much. It is just killing me not knowing what the logo is on the side of the anvil!!! I took another few pictures, and although the heel looks rough in some, it looks fairly smooth from the side. Anyways, thanks for taking time out of your days to help me in my obsession of identifying this anvil.
  8. Thomas, do you think it is an Arm and Hammer? There are no markings on the side except for one illegible marking that I posted in a picture.
  9. Good! I feel even better about my purchase. I have another couple questions that should give me some more information on my anvil. After grinding it, I found marks one side, and a U under the heel. Any ideas?
  10. From the top of the jaw to the bottom was 42.5 ish inches. They are 5in jaws. That makes a lot of sense!
  11. It rings alright! I haven’t had time to actually do some work on it. Isn’t it rude to ask someone the price? Kind of like asking someone how much they get paid or asking a woman her weight and age? Lol. I got it for $800, so not horrible. The guy knew what it was worth. I also did what I think Thomas recommended and brought more money than he was selling it for, and got a nice post leg vise for $100, again not great, but he knew what it was worth.
  12. I just bought this anvil yesterday! I am very excited to start using it, and I want to know what kind of anvil it is. I have been reading and reading and reading these forums, and would love to know what it is. The seller said it is a 150 Fisher, but I have my doubts. The underside is concave in an oval shape. I don’t have the Anvils in America book, but it is on my list. Thank you, Will
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