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Thomas Powers can find an anvil by sniffing the air, or so it is rumored. ---> The short version <--- TPAAAT is nothing more than asking everyone if they know where you can find a item. The ladies in church, the person that runs the cash register at the check out, the people at the gas station, the baggers at the grocery store, your family, your friends, the next person you happen across, that is to say ask EVERYONE if they know where you can find a item. It adds to help jog their memory if you give them a bit more information such as you need that item and will ACTUALLY USE the item. ------------------------ So, Saturday of last week I put the Thomas Powers Applied Anvil Acquisition Technique (TPAAAT) to the test. I went to the flea market. But not before stopping at the bank to get some pocket money, a TPAAAT *must* when making a deal for tools. At the flea market, there is a fellow there that sells nuts, bolts, and assorted hardware along with some other useful items. I ask if he ever had any blacksmithing equipment. No, but there was a fellow on the other side of the flea market that had some from time to time. Other side of the flea market and there was a little 6x12 foot *hole in the wall* booth that was dimly lit, and grayish with dust, dirt, and rust. Only thing he had was 3 pair of tongs for $25 each that were, after a hard life, rusted shut from lack of use. Ever get any anvils? No, ok, let me leave my number with you. I stopped back in as I was leaving and reminded him I was still looking for an anvil, but one to use, not to put in a flower bed. We talked a bit about blacksmithing and old tools and as I was leaving the second time, he said he might have something in the barn back at his place, to stop in Friday next week. A phone call confirmed our meeting and we did get together today to look at an anvil. The rest of the story? The wife noticed the car sitting a bit low as I drove up the driveway. By the time I put a notebook in the house, passed her in the hall, and got a glass of tea, she some how knew I have driven exactly 50.0 miles and something about an anvil, hidden under a towel, in the trunk of HER CAR. Now I need y'alls help. The Thomas Powers Applied Anvil Acquisition Technique (TPAAAT) does work. From a cold start, it took two contacts, and 6 days to get an 143 pound anvil using the TPAAAT method of sniffing the air. The anvil is marked 1 - 1 - 3 or 143 pounds. actual anvil weight on the bathroom scales 148# It has an arm holding a hammer, SUNK IN logo, and a tool steel face, no other markings I can find. Can you provide any additional information on this anvil? The wife? I told her to thank Thomas as he provided me the Blueprint on how on how to find anvils, and now they just seem to show up in the trunks of cars. Thomas - thank you !! The Thomas Powers Applied Anvil Acquisition Technique (TPAAAT) does work. From another post: TPAAAT is nothing more than asking everyone if they know where you can find a item. The ladies in church, the person that runs the cash register at the check out, the people at the gas station, the stockers at the grocery store, your family, your friends, the next person you happen across, that is to say ask EVERYONE if they know where you can find a item. It adds to help jog their memory if you give them a bit more information such as you need that item and will ACTUALLY USE the item. TPAAAT does not produce immediate results, as it takes a while for people think about your question and then to remember where they say or heard about the item. Thank the people for each suggestion and follow up and chase down every referral. You may not hit that item, but you will hit information and history. Thank them for the secondary referral and then chase down it down. If you have a pick up truck use it. If offered a second item try to include it into the deal. ALWAYS carry cash because the item will not be available if you have to return.
Ello everyone, I'm usually not the kind of person to do this, but I feel I've exhausted my options. I've been searching for an anvil to get started for about 7 months. I have already checked hardware stores, friends and family members, old farms around the area, Craigslist/Ebay (have been told not to trust buying online unless I know what to look for), even the multiple flea markets/farmers markets in my area, even attempted the TPAAAT method of searching. I'm reaching out for you to help, hoping to find something for around 300 (or less) however price range is flexible. Was hoping for 75# or greater. I live in Pennsylvania around the Halifax/Harrisburg area, and thinking about all the farms and coal counties around I assumed it would be easy to find. Not sure if anyone would have any ideas of some other method I could find, I also had an ad on craigslist for a while that I was looking to purchase one for use. Again, I am looking to just get started and learn, I've done some research on the art of blacksmithing and I think it would be a great passion to learn I would like to thank anyone who took the time to read this, hope you all have a great day.