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Got an anvil on loan until my Ridgid peddinghaus #9 comes in

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Was chatting with my girlfriend's neighbor and telling him about how I'm going to start my new blacksmith hobby. He's like 84 and asked me if I had an anvil yet, so I sais to the guy, I built a makeshift one out of an old sprocket and that  will make due until my anvil comes. Which is like 6 weeks out accoarding to the shop I purchased it. Not on their end. It's Ridgid peddinghaus themselves that's taking so long. But the wait will be worth it. So he tells me he has an anvil I can use until mine comes. He said I'm too old to swing a hammer so it's just sitting there collecting dust. I of course took him up on his offer. Now I think I might forge him something in return for the nice offer of generosity

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Boy, your girlfriend's neighbor has quite a sense of humor. Using a Soderfors is going to spoil your new anvil for you. They don't get any better, enjoy.

Frosty The Lucky.

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I using it right now and I understand the importance of rebound. That with my 2 pound cross pien. I can swing all day

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Did he use to shoe horses?  While cast steel Swedish anvils are prone to edge chipping I usually associare that much with shoeing...

TPAAAT in action!

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He actually found it at an auction. About 10 years back And he's never used it. He said he has always wanted an anvil. And by the looks. The old stand has shoes on it and the edges are completely shot on the one side so I'm guessing farrier. Good thing I'm a lefty and there's still one goodish edge. His father was a blacksmith and he told me he's tried but just didn't have the knack for it. The Hardy hole was full of cob webs so it's been sitting awhile.  My old sprocket is now my new cutting table so that's good for me

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Yeah, that edge has taken a beating but there's still enough radiused edge and if the other side is good, you're golden. Make a saddle or sacrificial cutting and bolster plates and save your chisels and punches. Hold onto your sprocket for a bench anvil, there is NO good reason to tear it up just because you have better available. 

Unless the cobwebs prevent dropping a hardy in it's not worth mentioning. Well, O K A Y if a few hundred baby spiders pour out it's probably worth mentioning. Have pics though or we probably won't believe it. ;)

Frosty The Lucky.

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1 hour ago, Frosty said:

They don't get any better

Other than Mousehole (The Undisputed King of Anvils), of course. Still, it will do.

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Some folks relationship with their anvils is a bit odd.  To paraphrase a 70's song: "If you can't work on the anvil you love; work on the anvil you are with"

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5 hours ago, JHCC said:

Other than Mousehole (The Undisputed King of Anvils)

Mousehole (The Undisputed King of Mousehole)

There, fixed it for you. :)

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Dirt Daubers are more of a pain; out here we would check for Black Widows.

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Every day I learn more and more that Texas is a lot like Florida, but drier. Just had to kill a few widows in the greenhouse last week. Though I dknt get many of them compared to the recluses and the banana spiders. 

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Don't forget the rattlesnakes too!  Of course where I live yearly precipitation is 9 inches and under... is that drier than where you are at?

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More than a little drier. I'm in north central Florida. Come the rainy season we can get that kind of rainfall in a matter of days. 

Dont get as many rattle snakes. Do get water moccasin though.

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Heh, heh, heh, I grew up in S Cal. and it was a matter of habit to watch for black widows and rattle snakes but I haven't seen either outside of a terrarium 48 years come July. Oh sure, we get a Recluse bite report or two a year up here but that's usually in the produce section of the super market. Bananas are the most dangerous fruit we get here. :unsure:

Frosty The Lucky. 

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I get rattlers and scorpions. Ive been stung twice and my dog got bit last year. 

$1300 to the vet but she is okay except the one fang scar on her nose

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1 hour ago, Cedar Crest Forge said:

Why do spiders like anvils so much?

They're traditionally classy. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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They are a protected nook with two exits.  The hollow rungs on my aluminum ladder support a flourishing colony of black widows.

The through holes in a couple of my anvil stumps too.  You don't put your fingers where you can't see!

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That's my whole property. Debris, junk, and outbuildings. Thousands of spiders.

The banana spiders get especially large.

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1 hour ago, ThomasPowers said:

 You don't put your fingers where you can't see!

That's a good policy for a number of other *ahem* things, too!

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I HATE one ply toilet paper too! :unsure:

Frosty The Lucky.

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