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New guy from California


Julius

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Hi All
New to the site and to blacksmithing in general. I have been messing around with blacksmithing for a few years now and have just started to realy get in to it. I took a few blacksmith classes at the local JC.
In class we were using propane forges.
I have built a coke forge for use at home. I need to get a larger anvil though. I am curently using a 70lbs Cliff Carrol farriers anvil. It is fine for small stuff but that is about it.
Any advice for a new guy is much appriciated.

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Check E-bay for anvils and tools. What area of California do you live in? This will help in your search for a better anvil.


About two hours north of you on the 101 in Nipomo. Just north of Santa Maria and just south of Pismo beach.
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Watch craigslist for anvils or build one all you need is a torch and a grinder and a big chunk of heavy plate. If you ever head up to salinas you are welcome to come by my shop.
here is a nice anvil not sure where this place is but this is sweet http://macon.craigslist.org/tls/1814429717.html
There are some pictures of the anvil that I built on this post http://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/17540-a-36-for-anvil/

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Watch craigslist for anvils or build one all you need is a torch and a grinder and a big chunk of heavy plate. If you ever head up to salinas you are welcome to come by my shop.
here is a nice anvil not sure where this place is but this is sweet http://macon.craigslist.org/tls/1814429717.html
There are some pictures of the anvil that I built on this post http://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/17540-a-36-for-anvil/


Clinton
I do get up that way every once in awhile, I my take you up on your offer to see your shop.
What is that piece of steel in the link you provided from? It looks like it might be a part of some farm machinery.

Craigslist is where I found my Cliff Carol anvil. It was brand new and still had the shipping label on it. I paid seveny bucks for it.
I have found a few other nice pices of steel in the scrap yards that I have used as an anvil.
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that chunk of steel was just something I found at the scrap yard, I used a torch to cut the profile, it has the aggressive fuller as well as two other smother radius fullers and a butcher, this gives you common dies for forging, I learned this from Brian Brazeal, forging is just putting the material between the dies, your anvil is your bottom die and your hammer is the top die, also your anvil only needs to be as big as your hammer

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