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    Default Show me your Anvil thread...

    Hi All,

    Thought it was about time the smithy forum here had a 'show me your anvil' thread, as if you are like me, you like anvils and its good to see how everyone sets things up.

    Mine at home tends to be fairly portable although I have access to a blacksmithing shop that I help coordinate so have not had a great demand at home to bolt it all down...

    This i my anvil, there are many anvils like it but this one is mine... its an Attwood (made in Stourbridge) marked 1-0-14 (126lb). nice anvil with good rebound and a good surface. its had more work on it now that when this pic was taken (ie less rust). Still needs the horn repaired - job for another time....though I have others to use. built the forge a little while ago and recently made up a gas forge.
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    My anvil, most of my other smithy stuff and some of my firings are in this thread.
    http://metalworkforums.com/threads/1...-gas-forge-WIP

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    I'm continually amazed at the prices them anvils get. Here's an auction due tommorow and already its up to $200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YBAF View Post
    I'm continually amazed at the prices them anvils get. Here's an auction due tommorow and already its up to $200.
    http://www.lloydsonline.com.au/LotDe...&pgn=3&pgs=100
    When I bought mine in 2011 the recommended price of a medium quality anvil was $3-$4 a kg so that one is already way over priced.

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    Here's mine - looks very tidy but the pic was taken when the anvil arrived, not so tidy now....
    It was bought on fleabay from a local farmer. He had taken on some derelict land & found three anvils in the brambles! He later found the original elm block for it.
    I started to make a gas bottle forge and asked my neighbour, an agricultural engineer, for some steel to make some bits for it. When I told him it was for a forge he said ' I've got one you can have, a few days later he had dug it out from some falling down shed & brought it round on the fore-end loader of his tractor. It turned out to be a WW1 portable forge, even has the broad arrow on the blower.
    I'm very much a newbie at this but do like to have a go and develop new skills
    My first 'smithing' was for the leatherworking clamp.

    Mark

    Some notes on making the clamp here http://www.woodworkforums.com/showthread.php?t=197727
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    Hi old biker, do you have any more pics of that forge? It looks good. Also as I know someone who wants to make one.

    BobL- good forge build thread and have been through it before. Have you bolted down your BK - as it seem to quiet them down a fair bit.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zsteve View Post
    Hi old biker, do you have any more pics of that forge? It looks good. Also as I know someone who wants to make one.

    BobL- good forge build thread and have been through it before. Have you bolted down your BK - as it seem to quiet them down a fair bit.

    Cheers
    Thanks Steve, Yes I have bolted it down and as my shed is fairly well insulated I can use it pretty well anytime I like.

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    Here's a couple more pics of the forge. Had to empty 2 fert' bags of ash and clinker....
    Basically it is a steel sheet suitcase (complete with handles!) with a cast iron dish to stop the the fire burning through the bottom.
    The blower slides onto a dovetail casting riveted to the back of the case.
    One pic shows the small gates at each side so long stuff can be heated. The lid is held open by short arms which fit into slots in the gates when the lid is down.

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    My anvil is French, a Hulot Harmel. Here are some photos from the day I bought it.
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    It is 110kg and has a side opening hardie hole and no pritchel hole. I also have a BK Sydney 56, and a worn out Dudley, as well as my two home made anvils.

    I'll try to get some photos of them later.


    Here is the forge.
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    Thanks Mark, Also see another pic of it on your web site. Cheers

    DSEL -Nice looking Anvil - whats the rebound on it like. and Where the heck did you find that. Certainly look European, not so many of that style around here.

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    Rebound is awesome best I've ever used. Several experienced smiths have already tried to talk me into parting with it. Although I prefer a regular through hardy hole.
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    Not my anvil, nor do I smith, but the workshop manager at the organisation where I am completing my apprenticeship made this bad boy for a customer over the weekend.

    150kg, 900mm tip to tip, 145mm face

    Just thought I would share some beautiful work.




    EDIT: Honorable mention, https://facebook.com/PJHMetalworks

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    That's Wim smit's new anvil he is stoked with it.
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    nice looking anvil

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    G'day Zsteve, I noticed your blower in the first post. Haven't seen one like that before- do tell!
    Maybe I should start a 'show us your forge blower' thread...

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