Falconer Posted January 23, 2010 Share Posted January 23, 2010 If you ever find yourself in North Central New Mexico you have to go by and see Fred Moore just outside Mountainair, NM. Fred started collecting miniture anvils, like salesmen samples, about 40 years ago. He now has over 1400. He decided along the way to start collecting the real thing. He now has, what may very well be, the largest anvil collection in the county. He goal is to have one of every size from every maker. He has somewhere between 400 and 500 at present. They range from miniatures to some 750LB monsters. He has also collected power hammers, now having over a dozen from some very early models to some later Little Giants. In his warehouse, which he has begun to make look like a museum, has has also collected cone mandrels (now having more than anyone alive he says), swage blocks, leg vises, tongs and hardies galore...an anything blacksmith related. Even his real estate agency is called 'Anvil Realty'. The good news is he is willing to sell everything he has two or more of. His real intent is to only keep the anvils. I'm a professional blacksmith and metal artist living about an hour and a half South of Mr. Moore and I'm not connected to him except to buy tools from him from time to time...and to drool over his collection. He's a nice guy and is always looking for something he doesn't have. Many SWABA members know all about him but he has been a well-kept secret outside NM. So...if you are looking for something hard-to-find to downright rare, or you're in NM and just want to drool over the most amazing collecton of blacksmihing tools you've ever seen...give him a holler. (505-847-2962) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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