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  1. Hello all, first post. I have a 79# Hay Budden anvil that, in my opinion, is near mint. So far, I have only hammered out business card holders and hat hangers from silver forks on it. Last weekend, I got a Mouse Hole 148# with LOTS of wear. My main concern is damaging these anvils. My main question is.. Would you use a modern store bought hammer or a hand forged hammer on either anvil? My second question is.. If the hardened steel top layer of your anvil has smushed out and curled over the edge of your anvil, would you grind it flush to sides or let it break off as you work? I'm not going to *cough* restore *cough* an 1820-1830 M&H anvil unless the top delaminates. Then I got a forklift fork to stick on it.
  2. So now that I've started on my blacksmithing journey I want to try and collect together as many tools as I can from what I have at my house. My dad did a lot of different trades before I came along so I have a ton of his old tools lying all over the place. A lot of those are stone hammers, heavy hammers, etc. I highly doubt I'm gonna find any kind of tongs but I might get lucky. Literally my dad did everything from stone masonry, to welding, to working with muzzle loaders as a hobby. So I literally have a whole garage to sort through! I'm gonna need some help figuring out what hammers/tools will work well, won't work well, or what'll be fine once I clean it up. There'll be lots of pictures to help with that process though. Okay here come the pictures of the stuff I found so far (the garage is a hot mess and is doubling as a small animal barn right now because I don't have a barn. Thankfully it's just rabbits, however stuff has gotten moved around and it's a mess). First hammer I found is a flat headed monster, thankfully not too heavy so I should still be able to work with it, just not sure what I'd do with it. Next hammer I found is a bit smaller so a little more manageable, it's a round headed hammer like the one I was working with yesterday so I'm definitely more comfortable with this. Just need to figure out how to clean these guys up. Here's a pair of vice grips (always handy), a ball peen hammer, and some assorted files. There's files literally everywhere of every shape and size I'm just not sure about the one with the handle but I'm sure I can use it for something. Here comes the fun part. Technically you could probably call these things chisels, I'm just not sure what the correct terminology is for blacksmithing uses. I've heard Alec Steele call things similar to these as fullers before, but again, not sure if I'd be using the term properly. Unintentional scale with butter dish and water bottle cap. As you can see I have some huge ones and some small ones. This one looks like it could be used as a punch, I just might have to tinker with it a bit. This one has some interesting shape to it but I'm sure it's just another small cut chisel/fuller/something And of course I managed to hunt down my father's favorite metal working "chisel" he actually made this one in a shop class of some sort when he was younger (now given my father was known to exaggerate quite a bit so I'm not so sure if this is completely correct or not) and he said they were learning how to temper things and that he had tempered this "chisel" 7 times. He also showed me that it rings like a crisp bell when dropped onto the head of a hammer (not too hard of course). I'm sure he was showing off since I was younger at the time but it's still a nice tool that I want to make sure I use for something. As usual any advice on cleaning up some of this stuff or ideas for uses or what it could be would be great! I think I know where I want to put my forge once I start building it, alas it's not going to be a permanent fixture since my S.O. and I are planning on moving out to our own place in the next year or so if we can do it. However! I can always start small with what I got and that's fine with me. In fact I might have a lead on a railroad tie for a first anvil! I haven't tried sniffing one out though, that'll be later. Also once I find more potentially useful tools I'll pull them out and take pictures and hopefully we'll be able to figure out what I can do with these things!
  3. I took a couple of hours this afternoon to built a stand for my railroad track anvil. It is my first one I’ve ever built so it’s not top notch but it hasn’t fallen apart yet and it works pretty well. What do u guys think?
  4. Here is some recent finished hammers made for mostly farriers. The smaller ones are mostly made of 4150 and the sledge is out of 1045. I prefer 4150 or 4340 over 1045 for smaller hammers due to the abuse of hitting anything from hardened s7 and h13 punches they use for their nail punches. The depth of hardness I think is good long term for folks for do cold shaping of their shoes. The ball peen hammer and cone peen are used for drawing the "source" of a clip on a shoe.
  5. I need prices on anvils, tongs, hammers, and forges. And I don't mean the cheap prices just the ones to get started. btw I live in alaska Mod Note: post edited
  6. I found this very old two hammers today , some idea for his potential use? I think one is a little set hammer and the other could be a leafing one .
  7. Was wondering... Smoke ! If I happen to have a large hammer, and wanted to turn it into a hardie tool, is I t possible to cut the hammer in half and weld on a stake the needed size ? Can this be applied to other junk hammers ? Thanks.
  8. Is a rounding hammer very usefull/nessary in blacksmithing? Is it something I should definitely have or not?
  9. G"day from Australia Just curious what kind of hammers everybody has in their blacksmith forge! Im still new to this but here are my hammers.
  10. Ok guys I'm in over my head. I started dabbling with blacksmithing built a trash can break rotor forge. I like to hammer when the honeydo's are done. Being a trucker I only hammer on the weekend. Now my set up is outdoors in my back yard. (my neighbors have horses they constantly ask me if I'm ready to make horse shoes and think it's hilarious) in my travels I recently acquired for free all these tools for ironworking. My question is how can i put this stuff to use. I don't plan on living in this house in a few years. So I don't want to build a shop but I really want to.
  11. rthibeau


    bunch of hammers finished lately
  12. I made this pretty cool tool rack for a client. I think i'm gonna make one for myself too.
  13. As a beginner I am still building up my collection of hammers. I have a few cross/ball pein hammers but I keep seeing a rounding hammer as the choice for a lot of blacksmiths. Can anyone provide more detail on the advantage of the rounding hammer and its uses? What hammer would you recommend?
  14. rthibeau


    From the album: Tools and Stuff

    they multiply if you don't keep an eye on them
  15. rthibeau


    From the album: Tools and Stuff

    they multiply if you don't keep an eye on them, especially in the dark
  16. I am a student at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford, UK. one of my projects is about tools but i have chosen to be more precise and look at hammers I am trying to find what the best hammer for GENERAL forging is and why. I am looking forwarder to see your responses.
  17. I've just picked up a Buffalo blower, Model no2E. It has a Buffalo Forge electric motor attached to it dated feb 13 1918. Looks like It was last used around that time too. I decided to clean it up a bit. De-greased it and color came through. A brilliant green. .....I've seen this green before. I have a never used 4" flatter that I cleaned to find the same color. The same story with some atha and random RR hot cuts, hole punches. All the same color green? Is this a historical thing I've missed? Most all of these items are 60+ years old. And I expect no one has just up and decided to color these in modern times. (then used them to the point that the color faded) Penny for your thoughts.
  18. I have a Boss hammer that I am wanting to sell, anyone know the best way to find a buyer? The hammer still works, has a 220 motor on it. any help would be great. Thanks
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