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Marcus Hopfinger

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  1. A friend of mine told me he had a "cast iron forge" that I could have. My son and I went to pick it up from my friend only to find that the only part that is cast iron is the blower that is rusted solid. This thing is heavy and took all three of us pushing and levering to get it into the back of my pickup. I am now wondering if I should just try to remove the blower (not sure what type of blower this is...they had an old coffee can with some flexible pipe on the top connecting it to a hole at the back of the concrete table) and try to get that functioning or just consider it an interesting piece of history. I am also tempted to salvage the steel in the frame work and break up the concrete and get rid of it...then there is a part of me that thinks I should find a spot to do some outdoor forging, hook a hair drier to the port in back and try using it. I am not sure about the concrete. I have seen how a torch can spall concrete and not sure what a hot fire would do. Suggestions?
  2. I believe Ray Kirk from season one is a Master Smith. http://www.rakerknives.com/ which makes it surprising he didn't make it to the final round.
  3. My first and so far only anvil. My wife gave it to me for my birthday just over a week ago. Not sure what it is. I wire brushed it up a bit this weekend but can find now markings other than "100" under the horn on the base. I had also posted this in "it followed me home", sorry for doubling up, and BIGGUNDOCTOR thought it looks a bit like a Vulcan... http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38685-birthday-anvil-and-refreshment/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38680-birthday-anvil-close-up-markings/
  4. I came home to find my wife had gotten me a birthday gift. Two legs on the forge need some work but I was able to move the parts underneath. I am not sure what make the anvil is. The only markings I can find are a 100 on the base under the horn. Any help in identifying would be appreciated. The gentleman she acquired them from had the anvil stored outside so there is a bit of lichen for me to clean up. http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38684-birthday-gift-from-my-wife/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38686-birthday-forge/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38685-birthday-anvil-and-refreshment/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38680-birthday-anvil-close-up-markings/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38679-birthday-anvil-horn-end/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38681-birthday-anvil-side-2/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38682-birthday-anvil-heel-end/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38687-birthday-anvil-side-1/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38683-birthday-anvil-top/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/38688-birthday-anvil-bottom/
  5. Don't forget Lorelei Sims. One of the first, if not the first, blacksmithing books I read was written by her. http://www.blacksmithchic.com/
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