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  1. Yes the head and neck were made from 1 3/4 in solid bar. The body and wings are hammered and shaped cold then welded together. Started with the head and tried to make the rest in proportion. It is not quite life size but the anvil is a 209 lb Hay Budden. The guy wanted a flock of 4 or 5 mounted on the side of his house. He lives by a lake and and is friends with a guy that has been buying fish sculptures I've made. Who now wants a large snapping turtle to go with the fish. Looking forward to get started on it
  2. It's been awhile since I've posted. I had a guy come by the shop a while back asked if I could make a Canadian Goose. I can now say yes, yes I can
  3. Time well spent. looks great.
  4. Watching that should silence all of those who can't find the right style anvil and hammer. I'll bet none of the guys in the video have access to this website and all the info contained here. So no more excuses get out here and forge something.
  5. Hey everyone. It's been a long time since I've posted. I've been out of the shop for almost a year with two bad discs in my lower back. Finally got bad enough I had to have my back surgically fused. It was a long recovery but now I feel great and am back at it. This is my first sculpture in over a 16 months. I did this piece for a client that has bought several fish sculptures in the past. He stopped by the other night and ask if I could make him a large mouth bass. This is the results. A bass that is 26 in long chasing a bluegill. There is also a frog jumping of one of the lily pads.
  6. If I remember correctly the metal used to make US coins is blast welded.
  7. Here is a of mine haven't been able to find a maker no markings has a 25 lb head.
  8. I had the same problem switched to 100 lb bottle problem solved. Filling a 100 lb cost about the same as 4 of the 20 lb bottles.
  9. I put my propane forge on a mobile stand so I can wheel it out side the shop door when it's hot. It means a longer walk to the anvil. but it's hot so still have enough heat to work the steel. 18 degrees below zero windchill this morning here in Nebraska so running the forge inside is great this time of year.
  10. I don't think that's a splitting mall. Looks more like hot cutter. It would have a handle and would be struck with an other hammer to cut or split hot steel.
  11. looks like a good anvil, price not too bad. Do your hammer and ball bearing test if it checks out, offer $400 cash go the extra 50 if you have to. then take it home and use it.
  12. A lot of mine comes from this web site. Seeing all the things other smiths are doing inspires me to give new things a try while adding my own twist to things. I also get a lot of inspiration from nature.
  13. The fact that smiths and collectors both value anvil's keeps a lot of them off the scrap boat to China. Eventually a lot of collections will come on the market as collectors pass and there is no one who wants to take on the collection or would rather have the money then an anvil collection.
  14. Very nice anvil can't give you much info on it but if your going to use it as yard art chain it up. Here in the USA $2 -$3 a lb is not unheard of and it might just walk off. A lot of smiths would give their hammer arm and leg for a nice clean anvil that size. I'm sure more people will chime in with more info so check back
  15. My great grandfather Soren R Miller a blacksmith in Rockford Nebraska 1890's -1920's
  16. Very nice looking anvil. Just wondering if an anvil like that with the legs would work as well as an anvil with a flat base that sits flat on the stump?
  17. I use a Diamond back 3 burner. Have had it for 5 years now and works great. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a nice gas forge.
  18. there is one just like it on ebay now for $98. seller mrm_iam (2647). If you want to check it out
  19. What about the other one in the first listing. It does't seem to have the casting mark line the other one does. It looks like a peter wright to me. I agree with the rest craigs list anvils can be good or bad the only way you know is to go look and check rebound. there is always Matchless on E-bay he seems to deal in quality anvils and will even let you return them if your not happy. More money but good stuff, marketing by an honest guy that knows anvils. I haven't bought from him as I've found a couple of nice anvils on my own. But I would buy from him if I hadn't.
  20. It seems like selling one of your kids. Fantastic piece.
  21. I would have to think that the dies are not hitting square. The solution to that depends on what type power hammer you have. Since the guides for head alignment are different for different styles of hammers. I think more info will be required to answer you question.
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