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  1. Hiya folks, I just purchased a Trenton anvil and I’m trying to find out anything I can about it. I cleaned off several layers of paint and oiled it. I will attach images of all the markings I was able to find. Thank you in advance for any help!
  2. Hey there, I'm new here. Like many others, I too bought an anvil and need help identifying it. It may (or may not) have a little bit of history in it that could be interesting (or not). I am located in Germany and the anvil i bought is definitely British. The shape is a classic "london pattern", just like a Brooks with a relatively thick heel. I'm pretty sure it's cast steel since the only hole is from the bottom straight up and the ring is fairly high pitch and long lasting. The only markings i could find are stamped on the opposite side of where you would normally expect the makers mark. They read as follows: RH 1 1/4 cwt 1945 -> So far I found out that the cwt is the weight (around 63.5kg) and 1945 is the manufacture date. The broad arrow denotes it was owned by the British military. No idea what RH means. I could not find a manufacturer with those initials. Maybe it means Royal Hussars but no idea if those even used anvils; and then the question of who manufactured it would remain. Would be interesting to find out where it was made, who made it and how it ended up here, especially because of the manufacturing date.
  3. Can anyone suggest documentation or literature that references the participation of women in historical blacksmithing shops? I am beginning to demonstrate in reenactment settings here in Florida, and am hearing more and more questions about this subject. I have always assumed anyone in the vicinity of a blacksmithing shop that was able to do the work, or at least assist by working the bellows or swinging a sledge would be involved in some aspect of it, whether they were male or female. I'm sure it was less common for women to work in the shops, but believe it was more common than history tells us. Has anyone come across readings or other references they could pass my way?
  4. Good evening All. I've just picked up a John Brooks from a farm auction in East Sussex, United Kingdom. I think its a 123 English Hundredweight? I can not find any online pics like it. I've not got it on a scale yet but I can say, I shouldn't pick it up myself... Any ideas? Thank You in advance for your help!
  5. Hi, im not sure if this is the right board or forum for this but ill give it a whirl. I live in Wears Valley, a scenic community on the road from Pigeon Forge to Cades Cove. We are in Sevier County Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains- It is a very very high traffic area, and very much like a postcard. . On my property is the Smithy that served the community for years and years and I am restoring it and plan on operating it as a heritage attraction.The door of the Smithy looks out over several ridges and the view cant get much better. Does anyone know of any blacksmiths in my area who might be interested inworking with me on this project? Where is a good place to look for interested persons? I also welcome any advice, suggestions, etc. on Smithy restoration. Oh by the way the forge itself is a floor to ceiling brick one with a arch. it looks very much ready to work again. Thanks in advance.
  6. My interest in kitchen utensils of the Nouvelle-France era brought me where I would not have thought it could. A gentleman reading my blog on the subject commisonned me to reproduce leg and arm irons as were used in the same era. I forged arm irons all components in Ø 5/8". The bolt for the leg irons is Ø 1", the schakles are Ø 7/8". I am not happy with the welds on this set which are too visible not that they are not solid, I tried to destroy them and could not but I do not like the look. I tried them on. They are a little tight on my wrists and they produce an immediate clostrophobic sensation. But after all that's probably what they were ment for. It was one size-fits-all. And the guys did not have a choice of colors either.
  7. Hello, I live in Southern California, in the High Desert area and would like some help with a mystery. I work for the County Library and a year ago I was a supervisor up in Running Springs. A gentleman came in one day hoping I could provide some info on an old abandoned stamp mill that he had found. He was a real nice guy, homeless guy and we spent a good 30 minutes looking through local history books and googling different stamp mills. there are plenty in the general area that are well known and have info but the one he found didn't have any info whatsoever and was in an area that didn't coincide with any we could find info on. We were able to pull up a map online and he pointed to the general area where he thought it was, on the Southeast side of the mountain. Anyway, he left with nothing conclusive and i have regretted ever since not asking if i could go stomp around the mountain with him and check it out. I guess I was too "sensible" at the time. Anyway, I want to find it. if anyone knows anything about stamp mills in the Big Bear area or has first hand knowledge, Id love to hear from you. Be assured that I don't plan on going and taking stuff apart. I'm just in need of some adventure. Anyone looking to join? :)
  8. I've recently taken my first weekend course and am very excited about blacksmithing, (it seems to be about all i can think about) and I'm lucky enough to have access to some old equipment. I really enjoy learning about the history of tools and want to research our anvil. It is marked "Arm and Hammer - Wrought Iron" (see picture below). From what I've read these were made in Columbus, OH and I'm wondering if anyone can lookup the manufacture date by the serial number? I think this should be in the Postman book "Anvils in America". The serial number looks like 17504. I'm not sure on the weight, I need to weigh it with the log (don't want to remove it) and see- it is smaller than the ones we were using in class though, maybe under 100 lbs. Thanks in advance for your help! Large Image Large Image Large Image
  9. Hey yall, Well yesterday me and my good friend Dave Custer made a video about the history of blacksmithing and we both did a demonstration. Check out the video and let me know how you liked it TTYL, Trip
  10. I am writing a research paper on why the trade of blacksmithing almost died out in america in the middle of the 1960's and why it is haveing a strong reamergence now. I would appriciate any help with information on blacksmithingin the 1960's and if you are a blacksmith, if you could leave me information on when you started the trade,if it is a job or just a hobby, and short reason on what got you started or interested in blacksmithing. also if any one knows any blacksmiths makeing a liveing in the 1960' if you could ask them to chech this out i would appriciate it. Background on why i am doing this is for a college class and in about 2004 while in the navy i started getting into blacksmithing and later from my grandfather i found out that his father was a blacksmith barely makeing it in the 60's and because of this takeing any job he could to provide died from galvanised steel poisoning in 66 after battling from it several times. I heard that there were only a few blacksmiths doing it as a trade at this time and it interest me how such an awesome trade and art form can almost die. i think it would have been a huge lose.
  11. Hello again. I was wondering if anyone here can tell me a short history of the side draft (not blast) forge design (for curiosity more than anything). I have been looking all over to see if I could find the earliest instance of this sort of forge, with little luck. I thought a good place to start my search is the medieval (I know, very vague term) era, but it seems to me that most medieval forges have full hoods of masonry. I cannot find a date for the beginning of the use of side draft forges. Any help? Thanks!
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