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  1. Hi all, Ron here. back when i was in college i had a friend who had a small forge and shed where he did all of his smithing and tooling needs, after classes I would go there and he started to teach me the basics of being a smith be it weapon or otherwise. His brother was a farrier and worked on horseshoes. it has been a long time and i am trying to establish myself as a smith and i would like to learn and polish myself as it has been a long time at least 10 years. so i am looking for some local smiths who i may spend a little time around. I am looking for a smith or smiths that i may watch and speak with in or around Long Island NY. as I dont yet have all of the finances to build my forge. as i know nothing is free we may discuss payment and other such things either in person or over the phone. I do have some experience but it is very rusty and has been over 10 yrs since i touched a forge. Ron Crowe
  2. I have recently acquired a large cone mandrel. This thing is in pristine condition and I have a great appreciation for the craftsmanship. It is large at 55 inches tall, 18 inches at the base. It has 3 rings on the bottom for floor mounting, and is hollow. I have not had much luck finding a makers mark, though I haven't spent a huge amount of time doing so. I was wondering if anyone had any idea what this would be worth, as it is relatively hard to find information on mandrels as the market is so small. 20211021_151636.heic 20211021_151634.heic
  3. I got this little peterwright anvil can anyone estimate the age? All I know it’s before 1908 from the stamping. But the horn makes me believe it can be before 1900’s. But I don’t know
  4. I just bought a Fisher anvil. Haven't weighed it yet, but I was told it's about 80 pounds. It has 1882 on it. The top edges have a couple of chipped places, but not bad. I paid $150 for it, any idea if I over paid?
  5. I recently found this old belt grinder at an electrical surplus shop just sitting on the ground. I bought the thing and brought it home but cannot find any information on this thing. The guy told me at the store he thought it was a 2"x72" belt grinder but I measured the loop around all the wheels and only measured 60"-63" after you let out all the adjustment. Also the two wheels towards the back are both 1-3/4" wide wheels however the bottom wheel in the front where the platten connects is only 1-1/2" is that normal?? The only information on the cast aluminum frame states, "Sandmaster Products Los Angeles California." If anyone has any information on this thing or can answer my questions about the wheel sizes I'd really appreciate it.
  6. Hello hello everyone. I want to make a farrier´s brush, and I'm thinking of making it out of used hacksaw blades, annealing, removing the teeth and cutting them in half to make the wires. ¿what type heat treatment should I give to the wires once they are formed into shape, so they don't bend too easily? thanks
  7. New member here. So I have this small anvil that weighs just under 5 lbs. As you can see it has the m&h armitage mouse hole stamped on it. Its 7 1/4 inches long, 3 inches high and the top is 1 1/2 inches wide. What was this made for? Was it a salesman sample? Paper weight? It has the square forging holes on both ends and on the bottom. Can't seem to find any info or other pictures online. Any info would be appreciated.
  8. Hello everyone! My wife’s grandpa gave me some free goodies that he’s been holding on to for years. The coolest is this little anvil. It looks like it’s gotten a couple little repairs and might have a mild steel body with a hardened steel top plate, but I’m not entirely sure. The logo is really worn down, but after a ton of research I found it is a second generation Arm and Hammer (2nd gen as in 2nd logo design). There are remnants of numbers stamped below the logo, but its hard to make them out. From what I can tell, it looks like a 2 and a 6, but this definitely weighs more than 26 pounds. I looked for any other identification marks, but I see no remnants of a serial number on the feet or body, and on the underside theres a square hole like a holding hole, not the normal oval indentation that is associated with the Arm & Hammer brand. Since this was passed to me from family, I'm trying to gather as much info on it so I can relay it back to my wife's grandpa. I'm working on setting it up for my work area so i can start using it too of course, but just trying to gather the history behind it. With that said, knowing it's an Arm & Hammer, I'm looking for the rough year it may have been made, what I might be looking at for weight (i also have a 66 pound cast steel anvil, and this a&h one is definitely heavier), (we only have a glass scale at home, so i dont really want to risk setting it on there to measure it), and roughly what the value would be on it if it was purchased outright. Again this was given to me for free, so my curiosity needs to know :P. Thanks in advance! Side View: Front feet: Logo:
  9. Hey all! I just made an account in hopes to learn more from everyone here and to share/HOPEFULLY get a real estimated Production date on my anvil. It is 230 pounds J. R. Lindsay Pittsburgh with a Number 1 stamped on the left side of the foot. It’s measurements are 12.5 inches tall, 5 inches wide, and 29.25 inches long. I believe the Pritchett hole is 1/2 and the hardy is 1 1/4 It has a 3/4 inch steel face and appears to be forged by hand due to hammer blows throughout the sides, heel and horn. The horn is also crooked. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Baker EDIT: VOLUME WARNING FOR VIDEO. SHE RINGS LIKE A CHURCH BELL IMG_2138.MP4
  10. Hi all, New to the forums and to smithing. I see a lot of good info here, so I wanted to ask the question. To build or to buy? I've seen a lot of forges online priced $350 and up, that's a big pill for a newbie like me, so I was wondering if it'd be cheaper/smarter to build. I need everything for anvils to hammers and would like to be as economical as possible. So i did some googling, found this site, bummed around Amazon and eBay, and I noticed that buying the materials plus shipping as about the same if not more than buying a pre-made forge. Now, all I looked for was sheet metal, Fire brick (3k degree), KaoWool, and rigidizer. No itc-100, and I figure I can make some Sodium Silicate Glue. The big questions I have are: Can the Perlite-n-Playsand DIY bricks hold up to the heat as well as the Factory made? Is there a DIY KaoWool equivalent? Is the ITC necessary on the forge walls/Ceiling? I have a supply/warehouse within 15 miles of home so sheet metal and Stock shouldn't be an issue. I have drafted a forge design from some pics I have seen around, I also have several tanks around the house (Propane, air tanks, Grills) that I could chop up If my design isn't feasible, seeing as I built it around what I found on eBay for what looked like cheaper than average prices.The bricks I found are keyed so one would need cut in half to square the ends for the forge floor. The inner cavity of my design seems to come out to: 9.5"W x 3"H x 17"L Pics ahoy and thanks for the help in advance! Cut Key Brick Layout.bmp
  11. Hello I'm very new to this website so hopefully I've done this right, I was wondering if anyone knows where to purchase spring steel bars in NSW (not just the handy leaf or coil springs I'm used to). Someone told me that, phil Johnston from forgemasters had bought it regularly for jobs. But I've tried to find places to buy it, and the best I've come up with is Spring steel flat bars from South Australia. If anyone could point me in the right direction or if you know where forgemasters got theirs I'd really appreciate it. -thanks, Kaylem
  12. Hi there, just got my Fire bricks and refractory cement, going to build my propane fueled forge it shall be a small enough one, big enough for knives and axe heads perhaps but mainly knives for now, I have no fear handling a torch or anything that is required to be done as a black smith/ knife smith, but I am scared of CO poisoning, so my main question is how can I make my forge as safe as possible? I will be using it outside in the open but should I still wear a mask and should I leave the back open? just a few bits like that I would love to have answered! thanks in advance guys. David. edit: also I have a carbon monoxide alarm.
  13. Howdy all, I need some help with this anvil. I bought it today and did EXTENSIVE online research, and the only references I could find to it were on this forum (which were vague). I'm looking for any history/insight that any of you might have into the how old this anvil is, who made it, and any other bits of knowledge you might have. On the anvil itself, the words (barely readable) are as follows Lewis Warranted Best Tiedin (Is this a last name? Am I misreading this? NO results on google for tiedin. Doesn't even sound like a legit word to me) Thanks
  14. Hey guys......new to this site and wanted to share pictures of an anvil my grandfather has had for around 20-30 years or so. He got it from US Steel plant, where he worked, and brought it home. They were tearing down some buildings and were going to throw it away and he had it loaded on his truck to bring home. We mounted it on a steel work table so it could be swiveled and rotated. Never have had a reason to use it, but it is one of the biggest and coolest anvils we have ever seen. Each "leg" of the anvil is a different size. They are all the "half-moon" shape.It is also extremely heavy, so no worries of anyone stealing it!! haha. I'm hoping someone here can help us identify it and tell us more about it.
  15. Jim Poulmas

    Bench hammer

    Just finishing up this bench hammer. It’s about three quarters of a pound. Good addition to the bench for layout and small rivets.
  16. I’ve had this vice for about 2 years now and I have no clue what brand it is. Was going to see if anyone had some sort of idea. It came out of a railroad rounding house in Idaho. Thanks in advance!
  17. Got this little soderfors anvil and would like to know more about it. Is it casted or forged? And an estimated date range. There is a mouse hole in the back of the anvil and nothing in the front. Thanks in advance - Beardedblacksmith
  18. HI there im a second year welding student and my teacher is having me go out and ask blacksmiths some questions. 1. Whats your name and where are you from? 2. How did you become a Blacksmith? 3. What do you like most about your job? 4. What do you dislike about your job? 5. What do you do on a day to day basis at work? 6. Do you have any welding background? 7. What advice would you give to a beginner welder? thank you!
  19. Hey guys I am not sure where to put this if this is not the place please move it to the correct place. My problem is with where I want to go with my life in regard to jobs. I have been preparing to work in law enforcement for several years and have been expecting to do that for longer. However I have been looking into getting a job as a blacksmith because I love working with metal so much. I may have an opportunity to be a spring blacksmith, the problem is it is several years of training. After the guy who trains me retires I would be the only one that can do this job for the rest of my career. I want to know what you guys would do. Confucius said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
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