Shogun71 Posted September 8, 2016 Share Posted September 8, 2016 Good evening. I have been lurking and researching on this and other forums for a while with a keen interest in many hands on activities. I have a few projects that needed a big piece of metal to form aluminum on and placed a local ad for a "large anvil". Low and behold I get a reply by a retired gentleman a short distance away who has some old anvils he wants to get rid of since at the age of 85 he can't use them anymore... Well sure enough I go to his house and find a nice anvil, we start talking and he was a blacksmith instructor at a community college with decades of experience teaching, let alone metalworking. One thing leads to another and I picked up a little more than an anvil. I received 2 hammers, 4 tongs, an anvil with stump, and a forge with blower. He delivered the forge to my house tonight (it was at his farm he sold last year and the new owner wanted it gone). So here are the specifics. The Forge is 24" x 24" and built by the Canadian buffalo forge company. Unfortunately the forge was left outside in the elements the last few years and needs significant remediation. The blower is functional and smooth and seems to move a lot of air. The Anvil is a Peter Wright 0-3-15 which appears to be a 99 lb anvil. The surface has some dings and dents and is crowned in the middle but seems in pretty good shape. There may be some cracks between the top and the base on the opposite end from the horn. Maybe 1/2 to 3/4 inch on each corner. The anvil rings a little less when I hit these areas. The hammers and tongs were pretty rusted but cleaned up really easily. It also all came with 1/2 a garbage can of blacksmithing coal (4 almost full 5 gallon pails). So my dilemma is what to do with the forge. The pan and sides are rusted to the point that you can stick your finger through in a couple places. The cast iron area in the center is pretty pitted and rusted but should be able to be used. The stand, legs, and blower mount are all in reasonable shape. The parts seem to be built from 1/16" thick steel, or at least was at some point. Should I rebuild the forge with a new floor and sides and try to reuse the cast iron bits or get a metal BBQ and old brake drum and make a new one then attach the blower to that? Some photos. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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