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Found an add in the local pennysaver for an anvil and forge. The anvil though not a preimium one followed me home. All it has maked on it was JAPAN on the base. 125 lbs with experiance. Guy said his Dad used it a lot back in 60s and 70s. He used it for everything even spent days reforging coil springs from cars into leaf springs:confused:

His Dad sounded a lot like my grandparents on my Dad's side. Grew up during depression and never threw out anything. Anvil face and horn don't have a ding in them, I find that amazing forgeing coil springs into leaf springs. Would post a picture but not sure how to yet.


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AND we'd like to see a picture of it so here's how.

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I find that amazing forgeing coil springs into leaf springs.

Yes, it does sound kind of amazing.

But it also reminds me of a young blacksmith I saw working at a fur trade rendezvous many many years ago. He came in a car, and unloaded his anvil, stump, forge, coal, tools, and a few pieces of stock - plus his camp gear. His forge was a little table-top rivet forge.

He was asked if he could make a classic cross-bar campfire iron set - two uprights and a cross bar for hanging pots over a fire. I never heard how much he told the guy, but then started to work on it. His stock of iron was very ... limited. So he took a COIL SPRING, straightened it out, forged it square, and them made the parts for that campfire iron set!!!!! Including some decorative twists!

Yes, he was at that gathering ... on a wing and a prayer. And he could only afford "scrap" iron from a junk pile for making things. But he MADE DO. And he sold something he made to pay for his trip there - and a few other things. Plus he gained a whole lot of experience in that simple project. And that campfire iron set will be very very tough to bend - being made from coil spring steel!

I don't remember his name. Doubt I could even pick his face out of a crowd. But I always wonder how he did with his blacksmithing. I saw him at the Apple River Rendezvous east of Galena Illinois, probably early/mid 1980's. If anybody has an idea who it might have been, let him know I was and am still impressed with his dedication at that time. And I fully understand that "wing and a prayer" stuff.

Mikey - that grumpy ol' German blacksmith out in the Hitnerlands
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I measured her and she is 10 1/2 high, 20 in long, 4 3/4 X 12 1/4 face with a 1 1/4 in hardy hole. Has a solid base and no holes for mounting but I already have plans for that as soon as I can scrounge my material.

He also had a forge with all the refractory knocked out of it. It had a side hand crank blower and the bowl was about 2 foot across. I thought he was high on the$300 price but maybe wrong. It was mounted on wooden legs made of 2X6. What would refractory run for something like that?





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